27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Belarusian field hockey players missed out on medal due to carelessness

The women's field hockey team from Belarus lost the bronze medal in the match for third place at the Universiade in Kazan due to carelessness and elementary mistakes, said the head coach of the Belarusian team Nikolay Sankavets.

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Universiade. Day 9. Field hockey. Women. Match for bronze medal © RIA Novosti/Vladimir Astapkovich

On Sunday, the team from Belarus lost to Japanese team with a score of 1:3. The Belarusian field hockey players were leading almost throughout the entire match, but at the end, in just three minutes they conceded three goals.

“Relaxing and feeling that victory was all sown up, I don’t believe our players though that. We missed victory only because of our own carelessness. At one point in time, a player did not cover an area, and at another, the defence began going around the attackers – it's all a shock to me. Defence players at this level do not have the right to make such mistakes. We lost purely because of their mistakes. Japan, of course, is a class above us, tactically and in individual skills, and this is visible to the naked eye,” said Sankavets. “In this scenario of strength, we had only one tactic for the match – play defensively and be ready for a quick counter-attack,” continued the Belarusian expert. “Until the last five minutes of the game, the girls perfectly executed this strategy. But then made elementary errors. Despite this outcome, I believe that our team looked quite good here. With each match, we just got better, though, to be honest, we were not prepared at all for this tournament.“

At the end of the tournament, which will take place later on Sunday, teams from Russia and South Korea will meet.

R-Sport, July 14