Manpreet to Lead India in 3rd Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 28 October 2013: Mid-fielder Manpreet Singh will lead Indian Men Hockey team at the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy to be held at Kakamigahara, Japan from 2-10 November 2013.

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Indian team management has decided to send the Indian Junior squad to the tournament for giving them crucial match experience and exposure before all important Hero Hockey Junior World Cup to be held in New Delhi from 6-15 December 2013.

Kothajit Singh will be the vice-captain of 18 member squad, 13 of which were part of Indian Junior Men Team who recently won the Sultan of Johor Cup 2013 in Malaysia. Continue reading →

Indian Senior Women Hockey Team for 3rd Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 25 October 2013: Today, Indian Senior Women Hockey Team was announced for the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013.

Indian Women's Hockey Team in training session at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium before Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

The 18 member squad will be captained by midfielder Ritu Rani while midfielder Chanchan Devi will be her deputy for the tournament to be played from 2-9 November 2013 at the Green Stadium in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Apart from India and hosts Japan, China and Malaysia are other teams in the women’s tournament, while this year’s men’s tournament will see the Defending Champions Pakistan, 2011 Champions India, Malaysia, China, Oman and hosts Japan taking on each for the top honors. Continue reading →

3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013 (Men & Women): Schedule and Results

3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013 (Men & Women)

Asian Hockey Federation Logo2nd -10th November 2013
at Green Stadium, Kakamigahara, Japan

Participating teams:
Men (Final Standings): 1. Pakistan, 2. Japan, 3. Malaysia, 4. China, 5. India, 6. Oman
Women (Final Standings): 1. Japan, 2. India, 3. Malaysia and 4. China.

Detailed Schedule of 3rd Men’s and Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2013: Continue reading →

Rehan Butt is Enjoying New Responsibility of Coaching Junior Team, Rules out Retirement

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Men’s Hockey Captain, Rehan is not planning to stop wielding his stick anytime soon, though he has been out of favour since long. He, along with few other senior players were dropped from Pakistan team following dismal at London Olympics.

Rehan Butt former Pakistan Hockey Team Captain during World Series Hockey

Rehan Butt former Pakistan Hockey Team Captain

The experience forward applauded the performance of younger players in the recent international events including Melbourne Champions Trophy and Doha Asian Champions Trophy in December 2012, while speaking to Muhammad Asif Khan.

“Dropping me was the decision of the hockey federation, but frankly the players performed exceptionally well in the absence of some senior guys, therefore should be highly praised”, said Rehan Butt. Continue reading →

After Ups and Downs in 2012, Wish to see Rangaswamy Cup being given away to National Champions in 2013

Everybody agrees on “India is important for the progress of hockey in the world of sports” but is India moving in right direction?

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey (Click here to buy a copy)

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 →

Its India vs Pakistan in Summit Clash of Asian Champions Trophy, Doha 2012

The final of day league stage of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy 2012 at Doha turned out to be exciting one as results of all three matches were important in deciding the 2nd finalists after India had already qualified for it.

Shakeel Abbasi

File Photo: Shakeel Abbasi (Photo by: Deepthi Indukuri)

In the first match China defeated Oman (6-1) to register their 3rd victory in the tournament to take themselves on 2nd place in points temporarily. Then Pakistan defeated (5-2) Japan after seesawing first half which ended up on equal terms (2-2) and climbed to second place in the table.

Pakistan had taken early lead through Muhammad Waqas in 1st min and Japan replied with two penalty corner goals in 8th and 23rd minute through Heita Yoshihara and Toshiro Tachibana respectively to bring out smiles on the faces of Malaysian fans. But evergreen Shakeel Abbasi scored equalizer for the green shirts a minute before the half time hooter. Continue reading →