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Hockey - Korea coach gives up on girls

By Jane Barrett
August 22, 2004 15:27 IST
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Kim Sang-ryul has had enough of women.

After South Korea failed to make the women's hockey semi-finals at the Athens Olympics, Kim said he would never again coach a female team.

"How can I train them? I can't get inside their heads," Kim said quietly, shaking his head.

"When I ask them to do things they never say no, never question, just say yes. They don't get involved," he moaned.

Kim pointed to Korea's dismal rate of eight Olympic goals scored off 66 chances as a symptom of his team's fragile confidence.

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He was particularly baffled by moodiness in the team and the fact that certain players have been sowing friction between the older and younger members.

"When one senior member is angry, everybody else goes silent and they slowly go down. Boys aren't like that".

Asked what he would do next, Kim said he might retire or find a job coaching aspects of hockey other than tactics and skill, maybe focusing on fitness training or psychology.

For men, of course.

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