Chris Ciriello
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India’s men’s teams analytical coach Chis Ciriello has stepped down from his position.

Ciriello, 32, had been hired until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and had replaced Hans Streeder who was part of the Roelant Oltmans-led coaching set-up.

Streeder quit shortly after Oltmans was fired by HI.

Besides fixing chinks in the Indian defence, Ciriello worked closely with India’s drag-flickers.

Australia’s greatest drag-flickers of all times, Chris had returned home in June when the national team probables were granted a four-week break from the camp.

Although the campers regrouped at the SAI South centre here on August 4, Ciriello stayed back in Australia.

Initially it was stated there was an issue with his visa that was cited as the reason for the delay in his return.

The Tokyo Olympics are now due to be held from 21 July until 8 August, 2021, and there was some debate earlier this year as to whether Chris would continue with the Indian men’s team for another year.

In an ideal world, Chris would have been in Japan right now just days away from the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Ciriello, who is a World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy gold medallist and 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, decided to retire from international hockey in 2017.

Chris has guided the Indian team in 56 matches across 23 competitions, including the all important Tokyo Olympic Qualifier.

In his tenure with the Indian men’s team, Chris gave his best and is proud of what the Indian team accomplished.

HI and Sports Authority of India (SAI) are yet to make an official announcement on Ciriello’s stepping down.

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