4 June 2013: Hockey India today unveiled a new look playing kit for the Indian National Hockey teams (men’s and women’s). The launch was marked with members of the Indian teams walking the ramp at an event organized at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi. In addition to the new look design the Indian Jersey presented today features a moisture management fabric to ensure the players stay dry, and cool and assist them to perform at their optimum levels.
Fans can watch both the men’s and women’s Indian National Hockey teams in action in their new kits during the FIH World League Semi-Finals to be played at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013.
During the event, Hockey India wished good luck to both teams ahead of the World League tournament. The Indian Men’s and Women’s team have qualified for the Semi-Finals by winning the Round 2 tournament conducted in New Delhi early this year. Midfielder Sardar Singh is the Captain of the senior men’s team while defender V R Raghunath is his Vice- Captain. The women’s team is led by midfielder Ritu Rani and has Chanchan Devi as the Vice-Captain of the side.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India said “It’s indeed a proud moment for us that both the men’s and women’s teams are participating in the World League Semi – Finals. I wish good luck to all the players. I am confident that our teams are better prepared after qualifying for the semis early this year, both the men’s & women’s teams have has regular camps along with a two weeks preparatory tour in Europe”.
Sardar Singh, Captain of the Indian Men Hockey team is also confident of a good show in Rotterdam. “All the boys are fit and we have had sufficient training camps as well as the foreign exposure. During our recent tour to The Netherlands, we have played against their best club teams as well as the national side which helped us in working on our weaknesses,” he said.
Ritu too sounded optimistic of her team’s chances. “We had three months of regular training camps including a foreign exposure trip and during this period we have worked a lot on our fitness and defence, so I am hopeful that we will deliver the best result this time” said the midfielder. Both Sardar and Ritu were felicitated with a reward of Rupees one lakh and fifty thousand each for winning AHF Player of the Year 2011 Awards. Mr. Rajeev Mehta, Associate Vice-President, Hockey India presented cheques of Rupees one lakh and fifty thousand each to Sardar Singh and Ritu Rani.
During this event, Hockey India also felicitated living legend and Golden Great Olympian Mr. Allan Schofield with a cheque of Rupees two lakh for winning the Gold Medal in the 1980 Olympics at Moscow. Mr. Allan Schofield who is currently in USA was unavailable for the event and was represented by his nephew. Dr. Sunil Bharati, Head-Corporate Affairs & Communications, Cairn India presented the cheque.
For winning Player of the Tournament during the Hero FIH World league Round 2 in Delhi, Ms Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India presented a cheque of rupees One lakh each to Sardar Singh and Jaspreet Kaur.