The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2012 #2: Dedicated to Dilip Tirkey

We bring to you the second calendar of 2012 (the London Olympic Year) which dedicated to Indian Hockey’s star defender (the wall of Hockey) Dilip Tirkey.

Our earlier calendars are:
2012#1 The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2012 #1
2011#1. Calendar 2011
2011#2. Calendar 2011: Dedicated to Women’s Team and
2011#3. Calendar 2011: Dedicated to Men’s Team )

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The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2012 #1

After our 2011 calendars  (1. Calendar 2011 and 2. Calendar 2011: Dedicated to Women’s Team and 3. Calendar 2011: Dedicated to Men’s Team ) popularity we have decided to launch calendar for 2012 (the London Olympic Year). And here we present you the first design of the calendar and you can expect a few more in the series in coming days.

Wish you all Merry Christmas
Guess the player in the calendar, write down his name in comments and also if you are interested in prints of the calendars

We sincerely thank Bharat Chhikara for doing photoshoot with us. You can check our old calendars which are included below: Continue reading →

Olympic Qualification Tournaments: Indian teams will play in Delhi

The first of Olypic Qualification Tournaments (Men’s and Women’s) for London 2012 Olympics will be held in parallel from from 15th to 26th February 2012 in New Delhi, where both Indian teams will play the tournament in their final attempt to book the tickets for London Olympics.

An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions

An artist’s impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions

Indian men’s team will get competition from Canada, who are just one rank below in current FIH ranking, while women’s will have to over come the stiff competition from South African, who are not only one rank above Indian eves but also opted to go through the Olympic Qualification process even after qualifying for the Olympics through African Olympic Qualification tournament recently. This way, South Africa is replaced by Argentina (Las Leonas) as an automatically qualified team, because Las Leonas were the highest-ranked team that was not automatically qualified (because of the shocking defeat against United States in the finals of Pan American Cup 2011).

The six winners of the Olympic Qualification Tournaments will join the nine men’s teams and nine women’s teams that have already punched their ticket to London.
The men’s teams that are already qualified for the 2012 Games are (listed alphabetically): Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
The women’s teams
that are already qualified for London are: Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, Great Britain, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States.

Details of Olympic Qualification quotas here.

The teams which will be playing the 1st Olympic Qualification tournaments in New Delhi are as listed below: Continue reading →

A plea: Don’t deprive us of Hockey

I was hopeful when Joint Executive Board (JEB) of HI and IHF was announced. And I wished that mechanism will work which will be helpful in the uplifting of Indian Hockey and Hockey in general through WSH and other tournaments being hosted in India in next four years. Though I was little apprehensive about HI and IHF, whether they will keep their words and leave aside their egos. But, after the statement of FIH (appended below in the article) regarding the governance of Hockey in India and Indian Olympic Association(IOA)’s objection (read here) on JEB, it seems that the decision taken by MYAS (GoI), HI and IHF is not good enough. Until, IHF and HI move forward from current deal signed by them and amend it in such a way that it follows the Olympic Charter and fulfill the criteria of FIH, and the option is the full merger of HI and IHF. I hope they (HI-IHF) understand the need of hour, will do needful as soon as possible. And if you (HI-IHF) do not understand the need of hour, listen to the fans, don’t deprive us of Hockey because of you and your big egos, we want to see the international matches/tournaments in India/on television, we want to cheer for team India in Champions Trophy and Olympic Qualifiers, we want to cheer our teams (whether Bangalore or Delhi or Manipur doesn’t matter) in WSH. So when we will see a governing body for Hockey in India which acceptable to all, not in terms of egos but in terms criteria and most importantly works for Hockey not for FIH or IOA.

Practice Match Team India 2011

Practice Match at National Camp of Team India at MEG Bangalore, we want to cheer for them in MDC National Stadium

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Indian National Men’s Hockey Team Camp at SAI (South) Centre, Bangalore

Indian National Men’s Hockey Team is camping at SAI (South) Centre, Bangalore for the preparation of the upcoming important tournaments which includes FIH’s annual prestigious tournament (Champions Trophy 2011), to be held at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium, Delhi and London 2012 Olympic Qualifiers to be played in February, 2012. India will also be playing inaugural edition of Asian Championship Trophy and will visit Australia for a 9-a-side tournament by Hockey Australia (International Super Series). Players are slowly getting into rhythm through the monitoring and light warm-up sessions with the coaches Mohd Riaz and BJ Cariappa, while the newly appointed Chief Coach, Michael Nobbs, is expected to join the camp soon. On the other hand, SAI officials have left no stone unturned to hand over best possible surface for the camp.


Beatiful astro turf surrounded by lush green trees, being cleaned for the national camp

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Champions Trophy 2011 (3-11 Dec) and 2012 Olympic Qualifiers (15-26 Feb) in Delhi

The FIH (International Hockey Federation) has announced the official dates for major competition for the year ahead, the six Olympic Qualification tournaments. The Olympic Qualifiers (Qualification Tournaments) for London 2012 Olympics will be hosted by three nations (India, Belgium and Japan) with a men’s and women’s tournament running in parallel.


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The FIH Champions Challenge 1 from November 26 – December 4  in Johannesburg, South Africa and overlapping the FIH Champions Trophy in New Delhi, India from December 3 to December 11, 2011 will complete the calendar of 2011.

The FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in Argentina from January 28 to February 5, 2012 will mark the starting one of the busiest year in recent times, which has Olympics, Qualifiers in addition to regular annual tournaments of FIH. Continue reading →