IHF has been in news since its de-recognition and disaffiliation by centre govt and Indian Olympic Association in 2008 after K Jothikumaran (secretary, IHF) was caught on camera accepting bribe to select a player.
Few points about Shilaroo SAI Centre:
>> It is located at an altitude of 8,000 feet and surrounded by picturesque Narkanda and Hatu peaks and some 52 km from Shimla, the capital Himachal Pradesh (India).
>> It has excellent indoor facilities for handball, volleyball, badminton, basketball, table tennis, fencing and wrestling apart from gymnasium and hostel facilities.
The construction of the hockey stadium has drawn a lot of criticism, especially from the sport fraternity, for such a huge investment in an area where the temperatures remains below freezing point from mid-October to February. Three times Olympian Pragat Singh thinks otherwise and said: “It is scientifically proven that training in an oxygen-deficient environment increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Practicing at such a high-altitude helps the players to utilise greater amounts of oxygen that will enhance their capabilities.”
Hockey stadium at high-altitude Shilaroo inaugurated- Hindustan Times
16th May: The Indian Women hockey team drew 2-2 with New Zealand in the second Test at the Endeavour Trust Twin Turfs in Palmerston North today.
The two teams were locked 1-1 at half time. The Indian goal scorers were striker Rani Rampal (34th min) and Subhadra Pradhan from a penalty corner (69th min).
The Black Sticks struck through a penalty corner from Piki Hanahoma (14th) and a field goal by Charlotte Harrison (67th min).
The third Test will be played at Kett Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier on Wednesday.
There should many more programs like this…
Mr Pragat Singh, keep it up 🙂