Hero MotoCorp Felicitated Asian Games Hockey Goldies

New Delhi, October 15, 2014: In keeping with its long-term commitment to nurture and promote the national game, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, felicitated the Indian National Hockey team for winning the Gold at the 17th Asian Games 2014 at Incheon, at a glittering ceremony in the capital today.

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh gifting Indian Jersey signed by Asian Games Gold Medalist Indian Hockey Team to Pawan Munjal ( Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp) at the felicitation function organized by Hero MotoCorp

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh gifting Indian Jersey signed by Asian Games Gold Medalist Indian Hockey Team to Pawan Munjal ( Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp) at the felicitation function organized by Hero MotoCorp

As a gesture of appreciation for winning the Gold and thereby qualifying for the Rio Olympics 2016, Hero MotoCorp also rewarded each member of the team with Rs 200,000/- and a 225cc Hero ZMR bike. The company also rewarded each support staff of the team with Rs 100,000/-.

Congratulating the team at the event, which was attended by a large number of sports personalities, enthusiasts, administrators and other dignitaries, Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp said, “This victory by the hockey team at the Asiad Games will go a long way in our collective efforts to revive our national game. What makes this victory even more special is the fact that the title has returned to India after a long wait of 16 years. Representing India in the global arena is a special honour and millions of Indians look up to these champions. At Hero, we have a long history of association with different sports and Hockey has been one of the priority areas. We will continue to cheer for our team and support the game in various formats through our association with Hockey India and FIH. Continue reading →

India beat Pakistan on Shoot-Out to Win Asian Games after 16 years

With the Gold medal on the line, the Indian Men Hockey Team lived its dream of bringing home the Gold today at the 17th Asian Games 2014. With this win, India seals a berth in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The hosts Korea defeated Malaysia 3-2 to take Bronze.

India's Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men's hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men’s hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok, India had defeated Korea with scored board reading the same i.e. 1-1 after full-time and 4-2 after shoot-out, and today the Indian Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh repeated the feat against Pakistan, as Ashish Ballal did in 1998 against Korea. Continue reading →

Gold for Hosts Korea, India won Bronze in Women’s Hockey Asian Games 2014

Korea defeated defending China by 1-0 to win Gold and the India showed a spectacular performance to defeat Japan 2-1 for the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon.

Indian Captain Ritu Rani and Jaspreet Kaur in Bronze Medal match of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Credits: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian Captain Ritu Rani and Jaspreet Kaur in Bronze Medal match of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Credits: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

In the finals, the hosts Korea edged past the defending champions China by a single goal that came in 3rd quarter. A field goal by Kim Darae in 41st minute was enough to stop last 3 editions’ champions China from 4th consecutive title.

In the hard-fought battle between the two teams for Bronze Medal, the India took an early lead through a successful conversion of a penalty corner by Jaspreet Kaur in the 23rd minute of the games, following a dry first quarter of the game for both the teams. Continue reading →

It is India vs Pakistan in Final at Incheon 2014 Asian Games

Nail-biting semi-finals at the Incheon to set dream final between the neighbouring arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the 17th Asian Games 2014.

India vs Pakistan Hockey Match (Courtesy: Raghu Prasad RV)

Indian men’s Hockey team edged past Korea 1-0, while Pakistan could managed to win against Malaysia in penalty shoot-out by 6-5 on sudden death at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium to reach a win away from Gold medal at Asian Games and a shot at qualification for Rio 2016 Olympics. Only the winner of Asian Games will qualify for the Rio 2016.

In the match between Malaysia and Pakistan, nothing could separate two teams in regulation time as it finished without a goal from anyside. In the shoot-out, it was level to 3-3 after regular 5 attempt, while Pakistan goalie Imran Butt saved one attempt by Malaysia in sudden death to take his team to final. Continue reading →

Korea defeated Indian eves to Set-up summit clash against China

The hosts Korea have set-up the summit clash against defending champions China at the 17th Asian Games 2014. Korea defeated India by 3-1, while China overcame Japan’s stiff defence as they converted only shot on the goal Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon today.

Namita Toppo scoring goal against Korea in the semi final at the 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon

Namita Toppo scoring goal against Korea in the semi final at the 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon

In a match which saw only shot a goal on the goal, China edged past Japan with just three minutes to final hooter. Both the teams attacked relentlessly but failed to pull the trigger. In the dying minutes of match, China earned a penalty corner and WANG Mengyu made full use of it to take her team to final.

In the first quarter, Korea scored the opener within three minutes of the match when Kim Darae hit-out a strong reverse beating Indian goal-keeper Savita and sent the ball into the net. After taking the early lead, the opponents tried maintaining the lead and attempting to create more chances though the Indian eves defense proved itself stronger. Continue reading →

Indian Women’s team ready to face hosts Korea in Asian Games 2014

Indian Women Hockey Team is ready to take on the hosts South Korea in the semi-final of the 17th Asian Games 2014 to be played on 29th September 2014 at Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, while China will play Japan in other semi-final match.

India vs Korea in the Semi Final of 8th Women's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur

File Photo: India vs Korea women’s in action

India is all geared-up to repeat the success of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha when they outplayed South Korea 1-0 for the third position and won the Bronze medal. In 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Indian Women were close to a win against South Korea in the league match but lost the hard-fought battle by 0-1. Continue reading →