World Series Hockey Organizing Team include big names not only in hockey such as former coaches/players/captains of India, administrators Dennis Meredith (member of the FIH panel of Tournament Directors) as Technical Director and Peter Von Reth (former Chairman of FIH Umpiring Committee) as sports technical manager but also veteran in sports management industry Preeti Pariat Mehta (Event Director of 2010 Hockey World Cup) as Event Director.
Technical Committee Members of World Series Hockey:
Dennis Meredith: Technical Director of WSH, has been responsible for multiple Olympic Games, Hockey World Cups, Champion Trophies, Commonwealth Games and Champions Challenges during his tenure with the FIH.
Joaquim Carvolho: Arjuna Award winning former coach and player of India
Ashish Ballal: Former Captain and recognized as one of the best goalkeepers of India
Dr MP Ganesh: Arjuna Award winning Former Coach and Captain of India
Peter Von Reth: Former Chairman of the FIH Umpiring Committee, has worked on multiple Olympic Games and Hockey World Cups as Umpire and Umpire Manager
Shahbaz Ahmed: World Cup winning captain of Pakistan, recognized as one of the best forwards in the history of the game
Zafar Iqbal: Olympic Gold Medalist and former Captain, has also served as the Chief National Coach for India
And Event Director:
Preeti Pariat Mehta: over 23 years of vast experience in organizing global events across multiple sports like Cricket, Hockey, Golf, Polo, Aquatics, Billiards and Adventure Sports, has signed on with World Series Hockey as Event Director. Her notable assignments are ICC Cricket World Cups in 2011 & 2007, Champions League T20 in 2011 & 2009, ICC Champions Trophy in 2006, India Open Golf and the World Billiards Championships, apart from the 2010 Hockey World Cup in India.
Preeti said, “World Series Hockey heralds a new chapter in the history of sports in India. Hockey has never been presented in such a grand scale and I look forward to the challenge of ensuring a successful tournament for the players and the hockey enthusiasts.”
This follows on the heels of the announcement of Dennis Meredith, member of the FIH panel of Tournament Directors, as Technical Director and Peter Von Reth, former Chairman of FIH Umpiring Committee, as sports technical manager of World Series Hockey.
Karl Da Costa, Deputy General Manager of Nimbus Sport said “WSH has brought on board the best talent in terms of players and administrators. Preeti’s experience in managing global sporting events is unparalleled. With her incisive know-how and excellent track record, she will be an asset for World Series Hockey.”
The Technical Committee will take charge of four key parameters for WSH – the establishment of rules and regulations governing the WSH; establishing the WSH code of conduct for players, tournament officials and franchise owners; establishing guidelines for offences and penalties pursuant to the WSH code of conduct; establishing guidelines to the WSH Technical Director on the process for hearing and determining any reported offence pursuant to the WSH Code of Conduct.
Peter Von Reth, member of the Technical Committee said, “This is by far the most impressive line up for a technical committee. There is balanced representation of champion players and ace administrators from across the world to ensure the league sets new benchmarks in Hockey”
Ashish Ballal, echoed the same sentiments and said, “The technical committee has over 100 years of collective experience in playing, managing and organizing hockey globally, across marquee events like the Olympics, Hockey World Cup and Champions Trophy. It is indeed an honour to be in such august company.”
Yannick Colaco, COO, Nimbus Sport added, “WSH is leaving no stone unturned in its commitment to bring on board the best talent in terms of players and administrators. The appointment of this distinguished technical committee, with their excellent track record in marquee hockey events globally is a key step towards setting the gold standard in sports league management.”