Maharaj Kishan Kaushik is back as coach of India's men's hockey team, ten years after the guiding it to the gold medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.
His selection was finalised at a meeting of the ad hoc committee, set up by the Indian Olympic [Images] Association in Delhi [Images], on Tuesday and formally announced on Wednesday. He will be in charge of the team till the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in China.
Kaushik is currently coach of the Indian women's hockey team.
The meeting, presided over by Ajitpal Singh and attended by all the committee members -- Aslam Sher Khan, Ashok Kumar, Zafar Iqbal and Dhanraj Pillay -- also finalised a list of 48 probables for forthcoming international tournaments.
A K Bansal, who was the coach of the team that finished runners-up at the Azlan Shah Cup tournament earlier this year, was also a contender for the top job but the committee felt he should continue as coach of the junior men's which is preparing for the World Cup.
Bansal was coach of the team that won the junior Asia Cup in Hyderabad in July.
Former internationals, goalkeeper A B Subbaiah, defender Harender Singh and and forward Ramandeep Singh will assist Kaushik.