Ritu Rani to Lead India in Hawke’s Bay Cup, New Zealand

The Indian Women Hockey Squad for the upcoming Hawke’s Bay Cup to be played in New Zealand from the 11th – 19th April 2015 was announced today. Ritu Rani will lead the team against seven other higher ranked teams including Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, USA and hosts New Zealand in the all important tournament. The Pargat Singh Defender of Year awardee Deepika will be the vice-captain of the team.

Indian women hockey team for Hawke’s Bay Cup

Indian women hockey team for Hawke’s Bay Cup

Playing their first match on 11th April 2015 against China, team India is all set and motivated for the upcoming challenge which awaits them in New Zealand. Training under Roelant Oltmans, Director, High Performance, Hockey India the team is aiming to win and claim the title as they understand that this will help them gear up for the all important Hockey World League Semi Final in Belgium. Continue reading →

Sardar Singh received Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee

Bringing another laurel to Indian hockey, India Men Hockey Team captain Sardar Singh as well as the former captain for the India Women Team, Saba Anjum today received the fourth highest civilian award of India– Padma Shri Award – by the Government of India. Join us in congratulating them for the Padma Shri Awards.

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Sardar Singh, the captain of Indian Men’s Hockey Team, received the award from the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi today. Sardar Singh and co along with Indian Women Hockey team were felicitated by Hockey India on Saturday at a grand ceremony “Hockey India Annual Awards” for their achievements in 2014.

A delighted and proud Captain Sardar Singh said, “It is a great honour for me and I would take this opportunity to thank Hockey India for giving me the support which boosted my morale. Also, I must give credit of my success to the coaches, who have guided me and tirelessly worked with me during my journey in hockey. I am proud to have been received this award and will work harder to get more laurels for Indian Hockey. Continue reading →

24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015: Schedule and Results

24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015: Schedule and Results

24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 LogoVenue: Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Dates: April 05-12, 2015

Participating Teams: Australia, Canada, Korea, India, Malaysia, New Zealand.

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Points Table of 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015:

Points Table of 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Points Table of 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Full Schedule and detailed results of 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015: Continue reading →

Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

Detail of Hockey India Annual Awards: First Ever Award Ceremony

  • The awardee for the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’ award Sardar Balbir Singh received Rs.30,00,000/-


Video of Hockey India Annual Awards Function is here

List of Awards for the ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ –

Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award Rs.30,00,000/-: Sardar Balbir Singh Sr
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men) Rs.25,00,000/-: Birendra Lakra
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Women) Rs.25,00,000/-: Vandana Kataria
Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Harmanpreet Singh
Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Namita Toppo
Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: PR Sreejesh
Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Deepika
Ajit Pal Singh Award Midfielder of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Manpreet Singh
Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Akashdeep Singh
Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) Rs.5,00,000/-: Harendra Singh
Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement Rs.5,00,000/-: K Arumugam for One Thousand Hockey Legs

New Delhi, 16 March 2015: ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ an initiative by Hockey India will take place on 28th March 2015 at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi and will mark the kick-start of the first ever annual awards for the sport. The annual awards initiated by Hockey India is an effort towards recognizing the hard work put in by the hockey players, coaches, support staff and administrators on the field both nationally as well as internationally. Continue reading →

Strengthening Defence is focus for Savita, Rani to play Natural Game in Hawke’s Bay Cup

To give tough competition to the opponents in the fast approaching Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015, scheduled from 11th – 19th April in New Zealand, the Indian women’s hockey team is working hard on their inherited hockey skills and natural game at the ongoing preparatory camp at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

Savita Punia (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

Savita Punia (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

The FIH Ranked 13th team are making their basic skills strong and striving to build their strength on their natural game starting with defence chain including goalkeeper Savita Punia to forward line.

Forward players like Rani, who has performed brilliantly in the recently concluded Hero Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), rely on quick-passing and dribbling skills of the players, which make her work easy to keep hitting on the goal-box and pressurize opponent teams.

Indian Goalkeeper Savita Punia, who did not concede a single goal in Hero Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), feels that working on strengthening team’s defence chain will be the key in their attacks and counter attacks. Continue reading →