Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, a 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medallist, also had the accolade of training the Indian team that has won the Asian Games hockey gold in the year 1998. Restoration of the subtle Asian Games gold took a gap of 32 years that is twice as long the gold medal of 1980 Olympics. This 1998 Bangkok victory, Asian games according to Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, turned out to be a delimitating moment in the history of Indian hockey, for a country that had not won any major hockey title after the 1980 Olympics.
As he expressed his words like 'I witnessed how a singular success can transform the morale of the players and rekindle the passion for the game across the nation.' When he was offered the post of the coach of the Women's Indian National team for the Asian Games, he sounds so confident, "I feel I can do it. I don't feel much pressure though time is short and most of our main rivals like Australia and South Africa have already started playing matches and are in a much better state of preparation"
Maharaj Krishan Kaushik conveyed his aim through the book, 'The Golden Boot', which is hockey's first-ever event-specific book. He mainly aimed to describe the events related to hockey in a 'chronological manner', 'analyze them for the benefit of posterity', and 'throw light on the technical aspects'.
Through his notes the earnest and conscientious activity put in by the players, coaches, Sports Authority of India and the Indian Hockey Federation in its true linear perspective can be understood. As he told, 'I hope the technical details will engender a healthy debate and form the basis for future improvement'. To him, with the solitary intention of improving their technical shortcomings, Maharaj Krishan Kaushik has tried to estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of the players of the 1998 Asian Games hockey team. In the year 1998, he was conferred the highest national recognition of distinguished sportspersons, Arjuna Award.
(Last Updated on : 19-07-2013)
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