National coach Max Caldas starts preparing the Dutch hockey players for the Olympic Games with Roel Bovendeert (28). The Bloemendaal player takes the place of Jelle Galema (28) from Den Bosch, who no longer appears in Caldas’s plans.
“Jelle is a beautiful person and a real top athlete. He is passionate and a team player, but we saw that his chances of making it to Tokyo were very small. That’s why I drove to him. No, that was not a nice message, but it was. an honest and good conversation. We always told the boys that if someone no longer had a chance, we would report it immediately. We acted on that, “said Caldas.
The Dutch team will train at Papendal from 2 to 10 January. The hockey players would first train in Germany and Spain, but those plans were scrapped due to the corona virus. After the long training week, the players will return to their clubs to prepare for the restart of the big league on January 31.
In total, Caldas has called up 25 players.