Indian Women should have gone to Europe instead of Malaysia!

In the preparation of Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Indian Women’s Hockey team traveled to Kuala Lumpur to play a 6 match-series against Malaysia from June 9th to 17th.

Indian Women's Hockey Team in Malaysia

Indian Women’s Hockey Team in Malaysia

13th ranked India won all the matches to return home with 6-0 victory in the six-match series against 21st ranked Malaysia.

It would have been better if India had chosen to travel to Europe instead of Malaysia. India could have played two series 3-tests against either two of the Spain (14th World Rank), Scotland (16th), Azerbaijan (17th) and Ireland (15th) or may be a tri-nation series. India would have got better teams to play with in Europe hence better test of their preparations resulting in more learning. If not Europe, they could have played a series against good domestic sides such as Railway or Haryana or Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy. Continue reading →

Where would India stand at the Hague? Delhi or London or Melbourne!

India’s men Hockey team will be opening their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium at 1930 IST, which will be available live on Indian television on Ten Sports. As the Indian Hockey fans have high hopes from the team, Coach Terry Walsh feels they can finish in top 8.

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

What do you think, where India will stand at the end of Rabobank Hockey World Cup? Will they improve from the performance of last edition or get another wooden spoon? When will they play their last match, will it be on 12th or 14th or 15th June? Let us have a look.

In the last edition of the quadrennial hockey extravaganza, India finished 8th above their World Ranking in 2010 at New Delhi, while returned home with wooden spoon from London Olympics 2012 after losing all the matches. Indian side bounced back towards the end 2012 as guided India finished at fourth place in Melbourne in Champions Trophy under the watchful eyes of Michael Nobbs. Continue reading →

Revisiting World Series Hockey 2012, While Waiting for WSH-2

Exactly a year ago, 1st edition of World Series Hockey was concluded with Sher-e-Punjab emerging as champions. Sher-e-Punjab had outclassed (5-2) Pune Strykers to win the 1st title of WSH.

World Series Hockey Logo

Eight franchise based teams Bhopal Badshahs, Chandigarh Comets, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Wizards, Karnataka Lions, Mumbai Marines, Pune Strykers and Sher-e-Punjab participated in the 1st edition of WSH organized by Nimbus Sports in association with Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). 160 Indian players and 48 players from abroad (0.3 ratio of International players with respect to Indian players) played in the 2012 edition of the month long event.

Apart from a total of Rs. 10,00,00,000/- prize money, WSH invested a few Crores of Rupees in improving the infrastructure at host venues such as installation/upgradation of lights, laying/repairing of turf, installation of world class goalposts, etc. The WSH also worked with stadium authorities through out 8 venues (Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Jalandhar, Mumbai and Pune) to repair/upgrade and create facilities such as change rooms for the players, rest-rooms for spectators, etc. which are critical facilities but ignored often by the organizers and hosts. Continue reading →

Why this Kolaveri? Indian Team Withdrew form Azlan Shah Cup to Get Approval from MYAS

February 26, 2013: Hockey India and Government were questioned for the lack of funds for the National Game of country, Hockey, by the fans in social media, when the news of Indian Hockey Team’s withdrawal from Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 broke out. But later in the evening, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) cleared the trip with a warning to Hockey India. Why all this?

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 Logo

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013

According to a media release from Hockey India, “In the sanction given by Sports Authority of India (SAI) to Hockey India regarding the men’s team participation in the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament, it is mentioned that Indian Men team will play this tournament at no cost to government. The only obligation to the government for this tour was to cover airfare cost of the team but in the sanction given by SAI it is clearly mentioned that government is not covering any cost. Therefore Hockey India has been forced to withdraw its participation from the tournament. Government has always covered the airfare of the team for this tournament till date. Continue reading →

After Ups and Downs in 2012, Wish to see Rangaswamy Cup being given away to National Champions in 2013

Everybody agrees on “India is important for the progress of hockey in the world of sports” but is India moving in right direction?

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey (Click here to buy a copy)

It has been a year of ups and downs for Indian Hockey, with World Series Hockey getting postponed because the national players were busy in preparing for Hero FIH Road to London: the Olympics Qualifiers, which India won in style to book their ticket for London. Continue reading →

DD, AIR, ESPN to Broadcast Olympics in India

Apart from Indian state-run broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR), ESPN Star Sports (the other rights holder for India) will telecast London Olympics on ESPN, Star Sports and ESPN HD channels. DD, AIR and ESPN Star Sports will be focusing on India in Olympics, specially Hockey.

ESPN Star SportsAccording to sources, ESPN will be more specific to India. ESPN Star Sports will present a customized telecast focusing on India. Being specific to India, ESPN telecasts will feature  Indian athletes, and Hockey, Shooting, Boxing, Wrestling, Tennis and football, which popular sports in India. Gymnastics, Equestrian and Volleyball will be on Star Sports’ Radar, while ESPN HD will be a blend of both the channels. Continue reading →