New Delhi, 27 May 2013: The 3rd edition of the Hockey India Senior Men National Championship will be played at Pune, Maharashtra from 28 May-10 June 2013.
In 2013 edition of the championship, as many as 38 teams will be participating in the championship which will be played on a league cum knockout basis on the Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium Pimpri and Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune.
This year four new teams including Comptroller and Auditor General, Sports Authority of India, Mumbai Hockey Association Limited and Namdhari XI will participate apart from 34 teams which participated in last edition.
The tournament will commence with the match between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Tripura in Pool B on 28 May 2013 which will have a total 80 of matches to decide national champions. The eight toppers of eight pool will progress to knock-out stage which will commence with quarter-finals on 8 June followed by semi-finals on 9 June. And the tournament will conclude on 10 June 2013 with 3rd place play off and final matches.
All the 38 teams are divided into eight pools. Defending Champions Punjab have been drawn in Pool A with Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.
Hockey India selectors and Government Observer will be watching the performance of all the players to select the probables for future camps. Hockey India will provide host The Hockey Maharashtra a grant of Rs 20 Lakh for organizing the championship.
The teams have been divided into eight pools-
Pool A– Punjab, Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh
Pool B– Air India, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Puducherry, Tripura and Chhattisgarh
Pool C– Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Bihar, Goa and Sports Authority of India
Pool D– Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, The Hockey Maharashtra, Andaman & Nicobar and Mumbai Hockey Association Limited
Pool E– Jharkhand, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal and Comptroller & Auditor General
Pool F– Railways, Hockey Bhopal, Sashastra Seema Bal, Jammu & Kashmir and Namdhari XI
Pool G– Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala
Pool H– Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Assam and Rajasthan
Fixture Day-1 (Tuesday 28 May 2013)
Matches at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium Pimpri
Pool B- Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy vs Tripura (0700hrs), Air India vs Puducherry (0830hrs)
Pool D- Uttar Pradesh vs Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd (1430hrs), The Hockey Maharashtra vs Andaman & Nicobar (1600hrs)
Matches at Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex
Pool F- Railways vs Jammu & Kashmir (0700hrs), Hockey Bhopal vs Sashastra Seema Bal (1430hrs)
Pool H- Chandigarh vs Rajasthan (1600hrs)