The announcement was made by the Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH), which dismissed Germán Orozco from the position of coach of the men’s national team a month ago.
Orozco was the technician of Los Leones who achieved the classification to Tokyo 2020, after obtaining the title at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019. Now, to defend the historic Olympic gold they earned in Rio 2016, the men’s campus will be guided by Ronconi, Retegui’s former assistant (Lions technician in that achievement and current DT of Las Leonas). In this way, Ronconi will take over the current Olympic champion and will be the DT who commands the team for the defense of the gold medal in Tokyo 2020+1.Ronconi’s cycle with Los Leones will begin on Monday. The technical staff will also consist of Javier Braña, brother of Chapu (former student football player of La Plata), and Lucas Rey, former Player of Los Leones and Olympic champion in Rio 2016.
«We are happy, with great enthusiasm that it will be a successful project in all aspects. The decision of Mariano (Ronconi) and her team was rational. Both he and Javier Braña come with the latest Under 21 processes. Let’s make a comprehensive working group for the Olympic Games; both Lionesses and Lions will have specialists in physical qualities,» Said Retegui at a virtual press conference along with CAH Team Area managers Alberto Nicosia and Daniel Iza.No competition for the remainder of this year for the coronavirus pandemic, Argentine field hockey selections, male and female, will play again only next year for FIH Pro League.La first performance will be on April 2 and 3 , in Tucumán, with a double day against Germany. On the second date, Lions will play India and Las Leonas will face China on April 10 and 11 on the same stage. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed by Covid-19 and will be held between July 23 and August 8, 2021 in the Japanese capital, as confirmed so far.