Indian Men Hockey Team to depart for 17th Asian Games Tonight

The Indian Men Hockey team is all set for the upcoming 17th Asian Games 2014 scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September – 4 October 2014. The team will depart from New Delhi today late night for South Korea.

Indian Men’s Hockey team for the 17th Asian Games 2014, Incheon

Indian Men’s Hockey team for the 17th Asian Games 2014, Incheon

Riding high on their Silver Medal winning outing in the XX Commonwealth Games 2014, the Indian Men team were seen practicing even more rigorously to leave no stones unturned and strike gold at the Asian Games, to book their berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Continue reading →

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Announced for the 17th Asian Games 2014

The 16 member Indian Men’s Hockey team will be lead by Sardar Singh for the 17th Asian Games 2014, scheduled to take place at Incheon, South Korea from 19 September – 4 October 2014.

Indian Senior Men Hockey team along with chief coach Terry Walsh, Assistant Coaches MK Kaushik, Jude Felix and support staff for Glasgow 2014 at the Commonwealth Games Village in Scotland

File photo of Indian Senior Men Hockey team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Village in Scotland

Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh (106 caps) will be seen as the Vice-Captain of the team in the all important quadrennial event which will also serve as one of the qualifying event for the Rio Olympics. The Gold medalist team in Incheon will book a place in 2016 Olympics to be played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Continue reading →

Indian Women’s Team Announced to 17th Asian Games 2014 Incheon

With the 17th Asian Games 2014 slated to begin from 19 September in Incheon, South Korea, 16-member Indian Women’s Hockey Team was announced today.

Indian Women Captain Ritu Rani trying to challenge Stacey MICHELSEN of New Zealand during their match in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

File Photo of Indian Women Captain Ritu Rani  in action against New Zealand in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Experienced Mid-fielder Ritu Rani (184 Caps) will continue to lead the team, while Deepika (131 Caps) will be supporting her as vice-captain of the team in the most important Asian Games, whose winner will book a place in Rio Olympics 2016.

The 16-member team for the 17th Asian Games 2014 was selected by Hockey India selectors B P Govinda, Harbinder Singh and Surinder Kaur along with Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans and Chief Coach Neil Hawgood on the basis of their performance in the recently concluded XX Commonwealth Games 2014 and selection trials conducted at NSNIS in Patiala on 10 August 2014. Continue reading →

Women Prepare for Asian Games at NIS, Men to play exhibition match in Raipur

The Indian Senior Women core probables are busy in preparing for the 17th Asian Games at the NIS Patiala, while Men’s core probables will play at India ‘A’ vs India ‘B’ exhibition on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the late Major Dhyanchand and National Sports Day on 29th August 2014.

The exhibition match will also mark the celebration of new International Hockey Stadium in Raipur, which will be inaugurated the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh and Speaker of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, Hon’ble Gauri Shankar Agarwal  to be held at Incheon, South Korea from 19th September 2014. Continue reading →

Gold Medal at Asian Games is the Aim for Sardar and Team

Post their Silver Medal finish in the just culminated Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; the Senior Men Hockey Core Probables continue their practice sessions at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, ahead of the 17th Asian Games to be played at Incheon, South Korea from 19th September 2014 and looking to grab Gold medal in the quadrennial event.

Captain Sardar Singh and Indian Hockey team took ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Captain Sardar Singh and Indian Hockey team took ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Recently, the Asian Hockey Federation has announced the pools for Hockey for both Men and Women during the 17th Asian Games, which is an all important event for both Indian Men and Women teams as their bagging the Gold will ensure them a berth in 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Men’s Pool Women’s Pool
Pool A Pool B Pool A Pool B
Korea India China Korea
Malaysia Pakistan India Japan
Japan Oman Malaysia Kazakhstan
Bangladesh China Thailand Hong Kong China
Singapore Sri Lanka

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India to 3 play test series against Bangladesh in Dhaka from Aug 6

Development Side of India will leave for Dhaka to play a three match series against Bangladesh in attempt to provide international exposure to the young players just before the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Korea from 19 September – 4 October 2014.

India should be looking at the Gold medal at 2014 Incheon Asian Games to book their place in Rio 2016 Olympics in the first ever opportunity, otherwise will have to depend on World League, which has replaced the Olympics and World Cup qualifiers since Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

As this website, www.thefansofhockey.com, have said in past, India should be looking at playing stronger sides, this series could have been capitalized better if Pakistan could have joined and made it 3 nations tournament. Continue reading →