New Zealand’s McAleese Speaks on FIH Tournament Format and Olympic Qualification

Shea McAleese, the Black Sticks hockey player, feels FIH (International Hockey Federation) has got the structure of Hockey tournaments wrong. Double Olympian McAleese, who has represented New Zealand in 2008 and 2012 Olympics, feels the current process of Olympic qualification is bizarre and wrong.

Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

File photo: Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Shea McAleese, nicknamed Buddha, says our [Black Sticks] fate is in our hands but what about Ireland? They were fantastic at Hockey World League Semi-Finals (WL3), yet hope that Black Sticks lose to Australia so that they qualify for Rio. Similar situation is for India women (refer embedded graphics at the end of this article)

Black Sticks midfielder McAleese also feels that World League Round 3/ Semi Finals should be played after continental championship and so on… Please read through the full text and comment, what do you feel?

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Former India Women Captain Saba Anjum receives the Padma Shri Award

Bringing another laurel for Indian hockey, the former India Women Captain Saba Anjum today received one of the most prestigious national honours – Padma Shri Award – from Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 08.

Former Indian Women Hockey Captain Saba Anjum receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Former Indian Women Hockey Captain Saba Anjum receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Indian Men Hockey Captain Sardar Singh received his Padma Shri Award last week from Honourable President of India. Both Sardar as well as Saba Anjum were even conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Both the awardees have to their credit of brining laurels to the country for their contribution on the field and even guiding their teams to victories. Continue reading →

Sardar Singh received Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee

Bringing another laurel to Indian hockey, India Men Hockey Team captain Sardar Singh as well as the former captain for the India Women Team, Saba Anjum today received the fourth highest civilian award of India– Padma Shri Award – by the Government of India. Join us in congratulating them for the Padma Shri Awards.

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi

Sardar Singh, the captain of Indian Men’s Hockey Team, received the award from the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi today. Sardar Singh and co along with Indian Women Hockey team were felicitated by Hockey India on Saturday at a grand ceremony “Hockey India Annual Awards” for their achievements in 2014.

A delighted and proud Captain Sardar Singh said, “It is a great honour for me and I would take this opportunity to thank Hockey India for giving me the support which boosted my morale. Also, I must give credit of my success to the coaches, who have guided me and tirelessly worked with me during my journey in hockey. I am proud to have been received this award and will work harder to get more laurels for Indian Hockey. Continue reading →

India won Hockey World Cup 40 years ago by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in Kuala Lumpur

On 15th March 1975, exactly 40 years ago, the India’s Men Hockey team had won World Cup by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in the historic Finals of the 1975 Hockey World Cup. It was a moment of pride that day and it is a moment of pride for every Indian today, but India has failed to repeat the same feat again in these 40 years.

Cakes to celebrate 40th year of Hockey World Cup win at a get-together hosted by the captain of 1975 team Ajit Pal Singh

Cakes to celebrate 40th year of Hockey World Cup win at a get-together hosted by the captain of 1975 team Ajit Pal Singh

Watch the full recording of final match of 1975 Hockey World Cup Here.

After 3 medals in first editions, Bronze, Silver and Gold in 1971, 1973 and 1975 respectively, India has failed to make it to top four in next 10 editions till 2014. India will host the 14th edition of prestigious hockey event in 2018, we wish good luck to Indian Hockey team for the event and expect them to better their performance, when hosts best of the best hockey teams at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

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Congratulations Sardar Singh and Saba Anjum for Padma Shri Awards

Bringing another laurel to Indian hockey, India Men Hockey Team captain Sardar Singh as well as the former captain for the India Women Team, Saba Anjum will be conferred with one of the most prestigious national honours – Padma Shri Award – by the Government of India. Join us in congratulating them for the Padma Shri Awards.

Sardar Singh (Indian Hockey Captain)

Sardar Singh (Indian Hockey Captain)

Both Sardar as well as Saba Anjum were even conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Both the awardees have to their credit of brining laurels to the country for their contribution on the field and even guiding their teams to victories.

The 28-year-old midfielder Sardar has played a pivotal role for India and his skilful game which has even inspired the new generation of hockey players across the world. Sardar made his debut for the senior team against Pakistan in 2006 and since then he has played more than 200 international matches and has successfully contributed towards Indian hockey. Sardar is also the most sought player in the prestigious Hockey India League. Continue reading →

Charlesworth and Caldas are FIH 2014 Coaches of the Year

  • FIH 2014 Men’s team Coach of the Year – Ric Charlesworth
  • FIH 2014 Women’s team Coach of the Year – Max Caldas
FIH 2014 Coach of the Year Ric Charlesworth and Max Caldas

FIH 2014 Coach of the Year Ric Charlesworth and Max Caldas

16 January 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural FIH 2014 Coach of the Year.  Ric Charlesworth has won the Men’s team Coach of the Year and Max Caldas has been awarded the Women’s team Coach of the Year. Continue reading →