Blog: Hockey – The Ambassador of Indian Sports

Amidst the big changes in the central government, last week was also a landmark decision by Hindustan Motors to stop the production of the iconic Ambassador car. The Ambassador, the first car to be made in India has a sentimental value in the minds of a large stratum of the Indian population. Below are few lines from an online news portal about the reasons for stopping the production

Official Hindustan Ambassador cars parked outside North Block, Secretariat Building, New Delhi

Official Hindustan Ambassador cars parked outside North Block, Secretariat Building, New Delhi

‘Hindustan Motors suspended work at its Uttarpara plant outside of Kolkata because of weak demand, very low productivity, growing indiscipline, large liabilities and lack of funds’

Once the pride of Indian roads, however, it started losing its dominance since mid-1980s with the introduction of low-priced Maruti 800 by Maruti Suzuki. The Ambassador further lost its market share in India with the opening of Indian economy in 1990s. But the biggest setback it received was in 2003. In 2003, Prime Minister of India’s fleet was replaced from Ambassador to German-made BMWs. Continue reading →

The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014 is Here

The Fans of Hockey have decided to dedicated the Calendar 2014 to Red Ribbon Revolution.

The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014, supporting Red Ribbon Revolution

The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014, supporting Red Ribbon Revolution

If you want a hard copy (~16″X10″ on 175GSM paper) of The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014 delivered to your doorsteps, then
order here (delivery only in India)or
write to thefansofhockey[at]gmail.com for placing the order along with your detailed postal address, contact number, etc.

Here are previous years’ calendars published by The Fans of Hockey:

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 →

The Fans of Hockey Calendars for 2013 are here!!!

Continuing with our custom of bringing out wallpaper calendars every year, we are ready with our 2013 calendars. This time we have designed 2 calendars.

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey: If you want a hard copies (A3 Size) of these calendar delivered to your doorsteps, then write to thefansofhockey[at]gmail.com with your detailed postal address, contact number, etc along with code and number of copies you want.

A sneak-peak into earlier editions: Continue reading →

India’s Hockey “BLUES”…Few Questions raised by a Hockey Fan

My friends, mostly non hockey-following, have been posing this question to me – ‘what’s happening with Indian hockey?’, and I am sick and tired of hearing this! I am sure though, that the whole country is asking the same!.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

File Photo: Coach Nobbs overseeing a practice session

All I have to say is, What can you expect from a foreign coach? First he blamed the blue turf, now it’s the players who are his target.

Mr. Nobbs, I have some questions for you:

* “Blue turf..…too bouncy, cant convert pc’s”…..so whose fault is it? when you very well knew this change in turf for the Olympics, what/who stopped you from taking the team for pitch practice well in advance? Continue reading →