Chandigarh, February 29: Passion for hockey dominated the spectacular, star-studded Opening Ceremony played to a packed audience here at the Sector-42 Stadium in Chandigarh for the inaugural Bridgestone World Series Hockey. The performance from Bollywood stars and starlets was preceded by an emotional appeal from Chief Guest and Honourable Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Ajay Maken, who made a passionate appeal to fellow-Indians to support the national game and help it retain its glorious past.
Ajay Maken (MoYS, India)
In his stirring video speech which was beamed to millions of people in over 30 countries, and a moved audience which heard the Sports Minister’s speech in rapt silence, Maken said, “Hockey strikes an emotional chord with us Indians – the legacy and tradition of our national sport is and will always be a matter of great pride to us Indians. I congratulate the World Series Hockey and the Indian Hockey Federation for daring to dream and conducting such a grand hockey feast for the people of India and hockey players of the world.”
The Union Sports Minister further said, “We may have lost ground for some time but that’s part and parcel of sports and life. The good news is that hockey is regaining ground and I’m very happy that the World Series Hockey is being held in India. Sports needs sponsors and entertainment to become popular and it’s very heartening that the WSH is taking care of all these issues. It gives me great pride to see as many as 8 world-class floodlight hockey stadiums in 8 cities across India are being used for the WSH. As India’s Sports Minister it gives me great pride to announce that we are launching the first of its kind, a global league for the sport of hockey.” Continue reading
Ajay Maken Releases Book "Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey"
K Arumugam (an IIT graduate, a hockey historian, school children read his writing in a chapter on hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in CBSE books, the editor and owner of stick2hockey.com, author many books on hockey, the visionary of One Thousand Hockey Legs program, detailed profile here) has penned down the vast history of Indian women’s hockey with the profiles of more than 200 players in a book entitled “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey“. The book, first in Asia on women hockey, also provides rare vintage images and rare data on which presently no reliable literature is available. Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken released the book ”Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey” in a simple ceremony in Delhi.
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Press Release (Press Information Bureau, Government of India):
Ajay Maken Releases Book on Women’s Hockey
Shri Ajay Maken, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, today released a book titled “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey” authored by hockey historian and chronicle Shri. K. Arumugam in a simple ceremony. Continue reading
With the aim of increasing the popularity of hockey Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society has purposed to induct ESPN/STAR Sports and other Sports Channels to live telecast the Finals/Semi finals of all age group tournaments for 2011-12. Your suggestions or any help are welcome to make contacts with above said T.V channels offices/CEO’s. For details please contact to Kukko Walia (+919811175233 or email kukoowalia[at]usa.net), Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society.
MYAS Ajay Maken, Arun Subhash Chandra Yadav and Gagan Narang (Ace Shooter, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee) presenting the Cheque of 5.61 lacs on to Mrs Santhi Marry Peter, wife of triple Olympian Late sh. VJ peter, on behalf on Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society
Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society has also decided to increase the prize money from Rupees 3.50 to 6.00 lacs for the 48th Senior Nehru Hockey Tournament starting from 14th Nov 2011 at Shivaji Stadium New Delhi. Kukoo Walia (Secretary of the Society) believes that if Hockey has to develop we must give incentive and put more money in our national game “Hockey”.
Major Dhyan Chand, born on August 29, 1905, the world’s greatest field hockey player of all time. His birthday is celebrated as India’s National Sports Day. On this occasion National Sports Awards are given away by the president of India. But the greatest sportsperson of India has not been given his due respect. Media will create a lot fuss about #7′s birthday or a bike ride, but did somebody write about the legend? Does he not deserve this much or we dont care about our heroes? I dont mind following the news about current sports legends, but we would be happier if we could see some news piece about dadda who brought 3 Gold Medals in Olympics (1928, 1932 and 1936) to India. I cant do justice by writing about him, but I can definitely request to remember the legend and pay tributes to the only HOCKEY KA JADUGAR (Hockey Wizard).
Major Dhyan Chand Statue at MDC National Stadium, New Delhi
Rich Tributes Paid to Hockey Legend Dhyan Chand : Print Release of MYAS Continue reading
I happy to know that some body at least somebody asked question on Hockey in Rajya Sabha, though it is on dispute instead of development and Ajay Maken, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports replied to the question asked by Om Prakash Mathur in writing which is reproduced below from pib.nic.in:
Dispute in Hockey Associations
The Government has been making efforts to facilitate an amicable settlement between Hockey India (HI) and Indian hockey Federation (IHF). As part of this process, IHF and HI have agreed to an administrative arrangement to jointly discharge the responsibilities of the national sports federation for hockey in India pending resolution of various disputes between the two bodies. The salient features of the proposed arrangement are as follows:- Continue reading
Hockey India Accepts Sports Ministry’s Proposal; IHF Asks for One Week Time for Consulting its State Units – Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Press Release
Ajay Maken (MoYS, India)
Shri Ajay Maken ,Union Minister of State(I/C) for Youth affairs and Sports today informed that subsequent to his efforts of bringing the Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation ( IHF) together on the basis of a 10 point agreement formula on Saturday last, both the groups have written back to the Ministry.
While the Hockey India had accepted the Governments proposal, the IHF in its letter to the Ministry has commended the efforts of the Ministry in bringing the two groups together and has asked for time till June 21st to revert back. The IHF wants to consult all its state units before reverting to the Ministry, Shri Maken informed.
Shri Maken termed today’s development as positive and said that the acceptance of his proposal by HI and the positive tone and tenor of IHF gave him hope that the two bodies will come together at the earliest in the interest of the National Sport.