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Lockdown: Reid's 'doubt & belief' theory will help Indian hockey


NEW DELHI: What's left of India's finished Pro League exploits against Netherlands, Belgium and Australia is pictures, and quite a lot of it. And what's available now all over lockdown is abundant time. The players can watch it time and again and take notes, which might be the most efficient process for them to do whilst socially distanced and understandably relatively worried.

In an remarkable, stop-all-sports state of affairs offered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of coaches becomes the most important. It's extra pertinent to Indian hockey in this day and age, because the players could not move house sooner than India was once locked down on March 25.

The just right thing is that they have got their coaching workforce, led by Graham Reid (males's staff) and Sjoerd Marijne (girls's staff) right there with them, on the SAI campus in Bengaluru.

Interestingly, in a dialog with Timesofindia.com sooner than the coronavirus struck, Reid had touched upon a 'doubt and belief' concept he realized all over his time as assistant to Ric Charlesworth, when the legendary Charlesworth was once the manager coach of Australia.

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Coincidentally, the theory has turn into extra relevant now, with the Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 and the potential of the Games being held even in 2021 on the new dates being questioned by folks in some quarters. On height of that, players are worried in regards to the well-being of their households, away from them.

"When I used to work with Ric (Charlesworth), he would always talk about the difference between doubt and belief. Every athlete needs a bit of both," Reid had stated chatting with Timesofindia.com

"You need that doubt to be able to improve, like I'm not good enough in this area, so I need to get better at that. And then you got the other side, which is the belief side, and, of course, you need that belief to be able to perform at your highest level and do the best you can," he adeed.

The doubt about their Olympic aspirations will stay the players truthful and able to simply accept any eventuality. On the opposite hand, belief that this (pandemic state of affairs) too shall cross will stay them in a positive state of mind.


Timesofindia.com were given in contact with Charlesworth as properly all over the Hockey India awards ultimate month to know his perspectives on the concept that Reid learnt from him and successfully used with the Indian staff.


"If you want to win a contest, you have to win the struggle between doubt and belief, everybody has it. It's in everyone's mind when they are competing," the coaching legend had stated.


"I coached for 14 years, men and women, and I never met a player who knew how good they could be. So the job of the coach is to stretch them and take them to places they didn't think they could be," Charlesworth added.


For the moment, Reid needs to do that activity off the pitch.


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