Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park (London 2012) will have different looks than usual green colored astro turf. For the first time, the Olympic Hockey competitions will be held on blue pitches. Main pitch will stage all of the 76 matches (24 teams) which will be played from 29 July to 11 August. For tickets please visit www.tickets.london2012.com.
Jonty Clarke and Alex Danson on Blue Pitch and their preparation for London 2012 (London Evening Standard)
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions (Image by Populous)
The pink colored outline and blue pitch will blend well with theme of the games. According to GB hockey international player Alex Danson who was involved in color test, it provides a really strong contrast for players against the white ball and white lines and he quickly adapted to the change. This will also be the first Olympic Games since the introduction of the ‘Self Pass‘ rule by FIH to make game even quicker.
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that the pitches to be used at the Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park will be blue. Over 600,000 spectators will be cheering on as the world’s top Hockey players battle it out on blue pitches for the first time ever at an Olympic Games.
India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Malaysia to lock horns with Kookaburras and Hockeyroos in new exciting, fast International Super Series with lots of goals
Unlike any other hockey tournament in the world, Hockey Australia has launched an innovative hockey tournament (i.e. International Super Series) with all new and exciting rules to make the game ever faster, more exciting and broadcast friendly. International Super Series will be held in conjunction with 2011 CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) event in Perth from October 20-23 at the Perth Hockey Stadium.
The tournament sees Australia’s international hockey teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, take on some of the world’s best teams including the likes of India, Pakistan, Malaysia and New Zealand. Having India and Pakistan will set up another big contest and preferably a big game for the sub-continent. The series will be good learning experience of fast hockey tactics for the sub-continent teams .
Harendra Singh (Chief Coach, Indian National Men's Hockey Team)
Men’s Hockey Camp started at Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium, Delhi for the preparation of upcoming tournaments under the watchful eyes of National Chief Coach Harendra Singh, which is attended by around 45 players, whose names are given later in the post. But I dont understand why the players like Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur are not called for the camp, though they have been performing well in domestic tournaments?
MYAS (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) announced a tentative schedule for training cum foreign/ international exposure competitions of Indian Hockey Team prior to London Olympics 2012. Which are as given below: