The big day has arrived and the inaugural match of the 2012 Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) between Chandigarh Comets and Bhopal Badshahs, will usher a new era in Indian hockey. At every major league, an athlete or team emerges to define the tournament, and both the Comets and Badshahs players are eyeing to steal the limelight in the historic opener.
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Dazzling Performances by Mika, Neha Dhupia, and other Bollywood Stars
The Sector-42 Stadium is set to stage a spectacular Opening Ceremony, which will begin at 7pm. The Grand Opening will feature superstar Saif Ali Khan. The power packed line up of performers include singing sensation Mika, super performer Neha Dhupia, ‘Rockstar’ singer Harshdeep Kaur, and many others.
Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan said “I look forward to being a part of the opening ceremony of World Series Hockey. The association of Agent Vinod with this action-packed event was more of an emotional reason as my grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, represented India in hockey. Our national sport has been ignored for a while and an initiative like this will ensure the sport is given its due attention and will resonate well with the youth of India.”
Over the next 34 days beginning from February 29, we will see 200 hockey players from across the world, sweat it out in 59 matches, shown live in more than 30 countries, to clinch the biggest purse in a hockey tournament and the glistening trophy. Continue reading →
Having booked their ticket to London Olympic Games after defeating France by 8-1 in the final of Hero FIH Road to London, (Olympic Qualifier at Delhi), Hockey India has announced a series of Coaching Camps for the Men Probables at SAI Centre Bangalore from 05 March 2012. Indian men’s team will be playing a number of tournaments before kicking off their campgain at the Olympic Games at London from 27 July – 12 August 2012. India has received invitations for two 4 Nations Tournaments at Lahore, Pakistan and Santandar, Spain besides the Olympic Test Events at London and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.
Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan
Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali alongwith the Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey besides Chief Coach Michael Nobbs held a Selection Meeting to decide on the Core Group of Probables for future camps. They unanimously selected the 48 probables who would be in consideration for the team that would play in the Olympic Games.
The big names like former captains and seasoned players, Arjun Halappa and Rajpal Singh, are missing from the list of probables. Earlier Rajpal Singh was not selected for on the basis of fitness while Arjun Halappa considered good enough for standbys for Olympic Qualifiers Squad. The omission of both the players from scheme of things has came as big shock for hockey fraternity in the country. But this is usual in Indian hockey, players have been left out without any major/minor issue with their onfield performance including Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D’souza, Rajpal Singh and Deepak Thakur to name a few in recent past.
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We are pleased to confirm that all players contracted to play in the inaugural edition of Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH), including players from India’s successful Olympic Qualifier team, have reaffirmed their participation in Bridgestone WSH 2012. These confirmations come despite the latest antics by IHF’s rival body in announcing a fictitious camp for Olympic probables. The IHF and WSH have been informed by the relevant authorities of sport in India that no such camp has been planned or even requested for. We have been further informed that there are no plans to conduct ANY National camp before the 4th of April 2012
Indian Hockey and the path-breaking event, WSH are beyond these petty politics and publicity stunts. In fact, World Series Hockey launched an incentive program called “Strive For Gold” to motivate the Indian hockey team to excel at the 2012 London Olympics. We are delighted that the team is in the right direction and re-confirm that every WSH player who was part of the victorious squad will be paid Rs 5 lakh each for achieving the first milestone.
India and the world of hockey have waited long enough; Bridgestone World Series Hockey will launch on the 29th of February 2012 . The Opening match in Chandigarh will see the Bhopal Badshahs taking on the Chandigarh Commets and will be preceded by a spectacular opening ceremony featuring Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Mika, Neha Dhupia and many other star performers.
Indian men’s team beat France 8-1 in the Finals of Hero FIH Road to London 2012, 1st of 3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. While in women’s tournament final, South Africa defeated India 3-1 to qualify for London Games, which dashed the hopes of Indian eves team to play in Olympics after 32 years. It was Indian girls first appearance in a FIH tournament in recent years and they lost to a better side, South Africa with more experience and better records in past. Indian women’s team chief coach CR Kumar needs to be applauded for his efforts in team’s noticable progress under his watchful eyes and guidance.
The India’s men team, coached by former Australian international hockey player Michael Jack Nobbs, was ruthless in their approach throughout the tournament, but had some tough times against Poland and Canada in the league stage of the tourney. On the other hand, final match against France was a different story. Indians were on attack from the word go, but French player defended it well until the deadlock was broken by youngster Birendra Lakra (17th minute) with a close range reverse hit. And 2 minutes later Sandeep Singh converted India’s 2nd penalty corner, which was earned by video-umpire referral claiming French defender pulled Shivendra Singh when he was trying to latch the free ball in front the goalie. Though France pulled one back through MARTIN-BRISAC Simon in a swift counter attack in 24th minute and reduced the margin to 2-1. Within two minutes the lead was restored by Sandeep Singh, when converted another penalty corner. India went in lemon break with the two goals lead (3-1). Continue reading →
Dazzling Performances by Mika, Neha Dhupia, and other Bollywood Stars
Wizcraft Entertainment, India’s leading Communication and Entertainment Company has been appointed to conceptualize and produce a spectacular Opening Ceremony for the Bridgestone World Series Hockey in Chandigarh on February 29. Wizcraft is well-known for organizing some of the finest opening ceremonies of mega sports events like the 2011 World Cup, IPL and 2010 Commonwealth Games, and is now set to dazzle the audience at the biggest hockey championship in the world.
Prabhjot Singh, Adrian D'souza, Arjun Halappa, Saif Ali Khan, Viren Rasquinha and Rajpal Singh with WSH Trophy
The Grand Opening will feature superstar Saif Ali Khan. The power packed line up of performers include singing sensation Mika, super performer Neha Dhupia, ‘Rockstar’ singer Harshdeep Kaur, and many others.
Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan said “I look forward to being a part of the opening ceremony of World Series Hockey. The association of Agent Vinod with this action-packed event was more of an emotional reason as my grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, represented India in hockey. Our national sport has been ignored for a while and an initiative like this will ensure the sport is given its due attention and will resonate well with the youth of India.” Continue reading →
The Ticket sale have started for the most-awaited world hockey tournament, the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) which will be played in 8 cities, featuring 59 matches, beginning from February 29, 2012. The Opening Ceremony of the Bridgestone WSH will be a star-studded affair in Chandigarh, and it will be followed by the inaugural match between Chandigarh Comets and Bhopal Badshahs.
Yannick Colaco, COO of Nimbus Sport said, “I am delighted to announce the sale of tickets of the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. We have been overwhelmed by the response of the fans. I am particularly happy as all the franchise owners have taken the initiative to price the tickets in a manner that will make the matches accessible to all the fans.”
The tickets for the Bridgestone WSH can be bought from our franchisees’ ticket-partners as follows:
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