The Polish men’s hockey coach Karol Śnieżek has announced he is resigning from steering the Poland national hockey team after the teams poor performance at the FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar, India.

The tournament which was an Olympic Qualifier saw Poland finish sixth.

“I owe a lot of respect to Poland, so I feel it is necessary to announce that I have decided to quit the coaching spot of Team Poland,” Karol said.

“I have been with the team for two Olympic cycles, but have not been able to help them qualify, so i feel it is time to step down from my role,” said Karol.

Karol Śnieżek led the Polish national team in the indoor hockey field for the last nine years.

Poland are world ranked 5th in indoor hockey and world ranked 21st in outdoor hockey.

The President of the Polish Field Hockey Association Jacek Sobolewski praised Karol’s contribution to the team.

“We would like to thank Karol for staying with us. Karol introduced new standards not only on the pitch, but also outside it. His aim was to qualify for the third round of qualifications for the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, he failed and decided to step down honourably.”

Karol wished the Poland national team good luck for the upcoming European Championship, although it is unknown who would step in as his replacement.

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