India’s chances in Asian Games Hockey: Points table till now

Indian men’s team has won their both the matches against lowly Hong Kong China (7-0) and Bangladesh (9-0) while their female counter parts won their first game against Malaysia (4-0) and lost next two against Japan (0-3) and Korea (0-1). Indian women’s team is virtually out of the contest of Gold medal, but still are in race for Bronze. India need to win two games to be in top four in the league round and they can easily come over Thailand (19th Nov) and Kazakhstan (20th Nov), before facing to hosts and favorites China on 22nd Nov. While men’s team need to win their two matches against Pakistan (20th Nov) and Japan (21st Nov) to top the pool and have easy semi finals, as Korea (defending champions) are expected to top other pool which only strong team in Pool A.

Men’s Group B Points Table
# Team Pts MP W D L GD
1 IND 6 2 2 0 0 16
2 PAK 3 1 1 0 0 12
3 JPN 3 1 1 0 0 2
4 BAN 0 2 0 0 2 -11
5 HKG 0 2 0 0 2 -19
Women’s Standings
# Team Pts MP W D L GD
1 KOR 12 4 4 0 0 17
2 JAP 9 3 3 0 0 8
3 CHN 6 2 2 0 0 16
4 IND 3 3 1 0 2 0
5 MAS 0 3 0 0 3 -10
6 KAZ 0 3 0 0 3 -13
7 THA 0 2 0 0 2 -18

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FIH release 2012 Olympic Qualification quotas

FIH has released the quota for 2012 Olympic Games qualification quotas, details are given below:

The London 2012 Hockey first-class stamp

The London 2012 Hockey first-class stamp

Automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games Men’s Hockey Tournament

  • Host nation – Great Britain
  • Africa – Champion at Africa Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  • America – Champion at 16th Pan American Games (men’s hockey competition)
  • Asia – Champion at 16th Asian Games (men’s hockey competition)
  • Europe – Champion at 13th EuroHockey Nations Championship for Men
  • Oceania – Champion at 7th Men’s Oceania Cup

Extra Quotas:

2 for Europe and 1 for Oceania, while rest three place will be field through qualification tournaments.

Automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games Women’s Hockey Tournament Continue reading →

TEN Sports to telecast 16th Asian Games Live in India

India’s premier Sports Network, Ten Sports Network Ltd will be telecasting the 16th Asian Games from Guangzhou starting 12th November to 27th November, 2010 LIVE. The event will be broadcast LIVE on Ten Sports and Ten Action. A total of 476 events in 42 sports will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games.

Ten Sports and Ten Action+ bring Asian Games 2010 Live

Ten Sports and Ten Action+ bring Asian Games 2010 Live

Atul Pande, CEO, TEN Sports said, “We are delighted to telecast 16th Asian Games from Guangzhou. Asian Games are of the most watched sporting events in the world with a huge following in India. TEN Sports distribution strength, innovative programming and viewer friendly telecast will bring lot of value to sponsors,” Continue reading →

Surinder & Rajpal to lead Indian hockey teams in Guangzhou Asian Games 2010

Rajpal Singh and Surinder Kaur will lead the Indian hockey men’s and women’s teams in the Nov 12-27 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Both teams leave for the mega event on Thursday. Indian eves will play their first match on 13th Nov against Malaysia, while men’s team will open their campaign against Hong Kong on 15th. (Schedule of India)

Indian women's team in a practice session

Indian women's team in a practice session

The Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist Men’s squad has been retained while there are two changes in the women’s team. Yogita Bali replaces E Rajani as the second goalkeeper while Asunta Lakra makes way for Rosalind Lalchhanhimi Ralte in the mid-field. Continue reading →

India Vs Pakistan on Nov 20 in 2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou, China

the logo of 16th asian games guangzhou 2010

16th Asian Games Guangzhou (China) 2010

Commonwealth Games silver medalists India have been grouped with arch-rivals Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong in the men’s hockey competition for November 12-27 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Defending champions South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman and hosts China are in pool A.

Indian Women will play Malaysia in their first fixture on 13 November. The women competition will be played on a round robin format between China, Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Thailand. Continue reading →

Now eyes are on Asian Games 2010, after silver in CWG 2010

Again in 2010, it was the final of hockey in mega-sporting event at the same venue where it happened in 1982 Asian Games. This time it was Kookaburras, while 1982 it was arch-rivals neighbor Pakistan, India lost to both of them to settle for Silver Medals.

A comparison between these tournament finals where India was at receiving ends: Continue reading →