Everybody agrees on “India is important for the progress of hockey in the world of sports” but is India moving in right direction?
It has been a year of ups and downs for Indian Hockey, with World Series Hockey getting postponed because the national players were busy in preparing for Hero FIH Road to London: the Olympics Qualifiers, which India won in style to book their ticket for London. Continue reading →
Women’s Hockey Bronze Medalist of London Olympics Hannah Macleod thanked everybody for their support and urged to return the medal of Alex Prtridge, the bronze medalist of London 2012 in Rowing (Men’s Elight).
File Photo: GB’s Hannah Macleod battles with South Africa’s Dirkie Chamberlain on day one of the Investec London Cup (Credit – Ady Kerry) /Great Britain Hockey
She said, “I’m extremely pleased to have been reunited with my medal. It’s a huge relief. I’m enormously grateful to the Metropolitan Police and in particular to DCI James Harman who has kept me informed of their investigation throughout.”
“I am indebted to everyone who has tweeted about it, everyone who has got in touch and who has publicised the situation. I can’t thank you enough. I think all of you played a part in encouraging whoever had my medal to return it.” she added while thanking everyone. Continue reading →
Hannah Macleod, member London Olympics Bronze Medalist GB Hockey Team, lost her Olympic Bronze Medal on 24th October.
She issued the following statement in relation to her stolen Olympic bronze medal, to thank everyone for the support: Continue reading →
Watching some of the top hockey teams like Australia, Netherlands, Germany play at the 2012 Olympics gives you a fair impression of the improvement areas Indian team needs to focus on. Michael Nobbs-coached Indian team adopted the Australian style of hockey, the merits of which were seen in all the games India played in the last six months going into the London Olympics.
Chief Coach Michael Nobbs
But with the Indian team delivering their worst-ever performance at hockey’s showpiece event, all the demerits of it are coming out of the closet and that too, in droves.
As a hockey fan first, and second as a sports journalist, I am saddened at the way the Indian team has cut such a frustrating figure at the Olympics. In fact, all the pre-tournament hopes pinned on India got a massive leg up when India fought hard against the Netherlands, especially in the second half after a forgettable first half before an ‘unfair’ penalty stroke denial in the dying minutes of the game robbed us of the opportunity to script a 3-3 draw. The only solace was that we lost narrowly (2-3) against one of the world’s top sides. Continue reading →
Australia 3 (Simon Orchard 17m FG, Jamie Dwyer 48m PC, Kieran Govers 57m FG) def Great Britain 1 (Lain Lewers 29m PC)
The Australian Men’s Hockey Team claimed their sixth Olympic Games medal in a row and sixth Olympic Games bronze medal, with their all-out attack taming the host nation Great Britain in the third place playoff.
The victory gave Australia their fourth bronze medal finish from their past five Olympic Games appearances.
Australia entered the Olympics as the overwhelming favourites, and as a result may see bronze as a failure. However, as time goes on everyone will learn to cherish and appreciate such a special victory. Continue reading →