ik khas mulakaat (a tryst) with former Indian hockey captain Padma Shri Pragat Singh

Came across an interview of former Indian hockey captain Padma Shri Pragat Singh who is also the Director of Pubjab Sports, and the Chairman of Development Committee, Hockey India, for Zee punjabi’s interview based show ik khas mulakaat (IKM) whose host is Narinder Pal Singh Jagdeo (E-mail:ikm@zeenetwork.com). Please note that this interview is in punjabi and all rights are reserved with Zee.

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Petition to clean up Indian Hockey: Hurray!!!1st response from Dhanraj Pillay

So, here’s the 1st update on the petition that we sent to various people mentioned in earlier post:

We got a call from Dhanraj Pillay today. He was appreciative of the fact that such an initiative has been taken.

Rahul Dravid and Dhanraj Pillay at the inauguration of JFHA

He shared his challenges in bringing about the changes in the Hockey system and assured that in some time when he gets to meet the biggies of Indian Hockey he will put it across to them.
He also went on to suggest a few names to whom we should send this petition as well.

From what he said, it appeared that he did go through the comments from the public.
He was very happy to see that so many people have come together for a given cause.

The call ended with the assurance of his support on any such initiatives pertaining to Hockey.

P.S.: He asked me at least 3 times, “What can I do for you?”. Can anyone suggest in 1 line, a concrete answer, as to what I should say?

From – Shashank Gupta,

For more details please visit: http://indianhockeyonlinepetition.blogspot.com/

Yet another blame game… Chief Coach Brasa vs HI & SAI

Jose Brasa

Jose Brasa, Chief Coach India (photo cortesy: stick2hockey.com)

Seems, Indian Hockey administration and foreign appointees do not seem to gel well together, earlier it was Ric Charlesworth and now it Jose Brasa Vs Hockey India (HI) & Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Now, SAI, the employer of Chief Coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Team Mr. Jose Brasa, has gagged him after his controversial interview which I feel is a truth. In the interview he had claimed that HI and SAI are keeping their promises which were part of his appointment. He also indicated the HI is not serious about reviving hockey in the country (which seems true to me, as HI is just power hungry that is clear from their recent statements in the hon’ble Supreme Court). Continue reading →

Govt’s letter of HI de-recognition

Hockey India

Hockey India

The President and the Secretary General,
‘Hockey India”,
Olympic Bhavan,
B-29, Qutub Institutional Area,
New Delhi.

Sub: Derecognition of ‘Hockey India’.

I am directed to refer this Ministry’s show cause notice No.F.32-23/2008-SP-III dated 2nd August, 2010 and Hockey India’s (HI) reply dated 4th August, 210 received through E-mail on 4th August, 2010 at 11.30 PM. It is noted that HI has made following submissions for non-withdrawal of the Government recognition that was accorded up to 31.12.2010:-  Continue reading →

Govt of India’s letter to FIH

FIH Logo


I am writing this to inform you that the government has de-recognized the Hockey India by a speaking order on 5.8.2010, a copy of which has been endorsed to you. As such the Hockey India is no more the recognized National Sports Federation (NSF) for the management, control and promotion of hockey in the country, and is also not authorized to select and field the national team in international competitions.

In view of the above development, the Indian Hockey federation (IHF) stands recognized by the government as the sole NSF for Hockey in India in the light of the judgement dated 21.5.2010 of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in Writ Petition (civil) No. 3713/2008, which has also been accepted by the Indian Olympic Association as well as the HI before Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 4978/2010. Based on the direction of the Hon’ble Court, a copy of the judgement dated 27.7.2010 was also mailed by the IOA to the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Continue reading →