Sailing Chief Now Hockey Chief

Ireland Hockey team has announced the name of their new Chief Executive and he is Jerome Pels. Before hockey Pels was at same role with World Sailing. Pels will take over his charge from Rob Johnson, who is the interim chief executive of Hockey team Ireland. Johnson has served this position for a year and he will hand over his responsibilities to Jerome Pels on January 3.

Pels has served the World sailing and International sailing federation on same role of chief executive from year 2008 to 2014. Earlier to that, he was in governing body circle. So, total he has the experience of 17 years as a governing body.

The Ireland Hockey Statement told a press conference in Kos “Pels has a big career record and within his tenure, he has served International sports for many. In the long history of his career he has acquired good knowledge and experience of sports. His experience of sports will help Hockey team of Ireland to excel in the path of success.”

“Jerome has perfect skill and enough experience to hold the position of chief executive and we firmly believe that under his leadership Hockey Ireland will grow, we all are looking forward to work with him and achieve our set goal.”

Appointment of Pels has been followed with the news that the men‘s team of Ireland has qualified for the Olympic Games. This has not happened since 1908. In 2016 Rio Olympic, Ireland Hockey men’s team finished in 10th position. It won only one group match played against Canada.

Ireland finished 10th at Rio 2016, winning one group match against Canada. Talking about women’s hockey team then it has never qualified in the Olympics Games.

Pels have good governing experience and it is expected that under his leadership team hockey will get some benefit in improving their game.