Hockey is going to be Blue at London 2012

Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park (London 2012) will have different looks than usual green colored astro turf. For the first time, the Olympic Hockey competitions will be held on blue pitches. Main pitch will stage all of the 76 matches (24 teams) which will be played  from 29 July to 11 August. For tickets please visit www.tickets.london2012.com.


Jonty Clarke and Alex Danson on Blue Pitch and their preparation for London 2012 (London Evening Standard)

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 (Image by Populous)

The pink colored outline and blue pitch will blend well with theme of the games. According to GB hockey international player Alex Danson who was involved in color test, it provides a really strong contrast for players against the white ball and white lines and he quickly adapted to the change. This will also be the first Olympic Games since the introduction of the ‘Self Pass‘ rule by FIH to make game even quicker.

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Blue is the colour for Hockey at London 2012: Press Release

London 2012 Press Release 28 Mar 2011

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that the pitches to be used at the Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park will be blue. Over 600,000 spectators will be cheering on as the world’s top Hockey players battle it out on blue pitches for the first time ever at an Olympic Games.

For an image of the Hockey Centre and other images please click here Continue reading →

Tentative Schedule of Indian Hockey Teams

MYAS (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) announced a tentative schedule for training cum foreign/ international exposure competitions of Indian Hockey Team prior to London Olympics 2012. Which are as given below:

Hockey Men

Azlan Shah Cup Malaysia 05th -15th May, 2011
First Asian Champion Trophy Ordos , China 03rd -11th September, 2011
Tri Series at Australia Perth, Australia 12th -19th October, 2011
4 Nation Tournament Perth, Australia 20th -23rd October, 2011
Champions Trophy in India India 26th November to 04th December, 2011
Olympic Qualifying Tournament New Delhi, India February, 2012

Hockey Women

7th FIH Women’s Champion’s Challenge -1 Dublin, Ireland 18th -26th June, 2011
2nd Asian Champion’s Trophy Ordos, China 03rd -11th September, 2011
Test Series at Australia Perth, Australia 12th -19th October, 2011
4 Nation Tournament Perth, Australia 20th -23rd October, 2011
5 Test Series at Argentina Argentina Date to be finalize (Tentatively December, 2011)
January, 2012 Invitation Tournament (1 / 2 Foreign Teams) Delhi Date and Countries will be finalized later.

London 2012 ticket sale starts from 15th March 2011

London 2012 ticket sale dates announced: Press Release

The London 2012 Organising Committee today confirmed that tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will go on sale on Tuesday 15 March 2011, and Paralympic Games tickets will go on sale on Friday 9 September 2011.

Ticket sale dates announcement

Olympic Games tickets will be on sale for six weeks, until 26 April 2011, enabling people to consider their options before making final choices and submitting their application. Tickets for oversubscribed sessions will be allocated via a ballot process. Continue reading →

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 →

India gets good share of event for next 4 years

During the course of the March World Cup 2010, FIH president Leondro Negre had  announced to hold major tournaments every year in India, and he has fulfilled his words now by alloting major FIH tournaments including Junior World Cups, Champions Trophies, Olympic Qualifiers and a round of World Series.

Indian team after winning the match against Pakistan during Delhi World Cup 2010 (courtesy and copyrights: stick2hockey.com)

Indian team thank the crowd during world cup 2010 (courtesy and copyrights: stick2hockey.com)

The grand success of both the World Cup and Commonwealth Games, where the enthusiastic crowd was the talking point, must have prompted the FIH to go for India kill.

Meanwhile the Netherlands will host next men’s and women’s World cup at The Hague from June 2 to June 15, 2014

Events that India got include
2011 FIH Men’s Champions Trophy – India, 26th November-4th December.
2012 Olympic Qualifiers men and women in February
2013 World Series Round 4: India (M) – 8-15 September
2013 Junior World Cup (M&W) – India, 2-17 November 2013
2014 FIH Women’s Champions Trophy – India, February Continue reading →