Waves Group to take up Delhi franchise of Hockey India League

NEW DELHI, September 17: Hockey India today announced that Wave Group under the stewardship of Gurdeep Singh ‘Ponty’ Chadha, would own the Delhi franchise in the Hockey India League and make its maiden foray in the world of sports.

Hockey India LogoHockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the entry of Wave Group into Indian sports augured well for hockey. “Over the past few weeks when we have been interacting with him, we have seen Mr Ponty Chadha’s infectious enthusiasm. We believe that the Delhi franchise is in very good hands,” he said. Continue reading →

Patel-Uniexcel Group to forge strong team as Hockey India League’s Ranchi franchise

NEW DELHI, Sept 14: Hockey India League today announced that the Ranchi franchise would be taken up by the Patel-Uniexcel Group, making it the third of the six franchisees who will compete in the prestigious event to be held every year from January 2013. Sahara India and Jaypee Group are the franchisees for Lucknow and Punjab.

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“We are pleased to welcome the Patel-Unixcel Group on board,” said Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. “We are sure that the Bangalore-based Patel Group and the Chinese Taipei-based Unixcel Group will provide a fantastic impetus to hockey in the region, which is a major nursery for the sport.” Continue reading →

42 Indian Coaches have Higher Awareness of High Performance after FIH- HI High Performance Coaching Course: Tayyab Ikram

LUCKNOW, Sept 10:The 42 coaches who took part in the seven-day FIH-Hockey India Coaching and High Performance course will now watch hockey games from a different perspective, both tactically and technically, FIH Master Coach and FIH Coaching and High Performance Manager Tayyab Ikram has said.

“I can say with confidence that these coaches from across India are now empowered with greater high performance awareness and this will start reflecting in their coaching soon,” said Mr Ikram, who conducted the course with FIH Grade 1 Coach Siegfried Aikman during the 2nd Hockey India Junior Men National Championship. Continue reading →

Ritu Rani to lead Indian women’s team in Champions Challenge 1 in Dublin

NEW DELHI, Sept 10, 2012: Ritu Rani will lead the Indian Senior Women’s Hockey team in the Women’s Electric Ireland Hockey Champions Challenge 1 Dublin 2012 from September 29 to October 7 at the National Hockey Stadium in the University College Dublin. Defender Kirandeep Kaur will be vice-captain in the team’s maiden assignment under chief coach Neil Hawgood.

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The captain said the team is eager to compete with teams that had taken part in the recent Olympic Games. “We have worked very hard during the camp in Bhopal under the supervision of Chief Coach Neil Hawgood and Exercise Physiologist Dr Ben Dascombe. We are confident we will compete hard and do our best against quality opposition,” she said. Continue reading →

Kerala split points with J&K in a thriller, Bengal got a walkover from Assam

Lucknow, September 4: Kerala played a spirited game today to split points with Jammu & Kashmir after playing a 4-4 draw in a pool G league match of the 2nd Junior National Men Hockey Championship, at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.

In other matches of the day, Chhattisgarh defeated Gujarat 8-0 in a pool C match, Maharashtra beat Uttarakhand by 5-0 in a pool E match, Bengal got a walkover from Assam, which failed to turn up, SAI Bhopal beat Tamil Nadu 5-0 in pool E, whereas Karnataka beat Chandigarh 2-0 in pool G. Continue reading →