118th edition of the Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament, the oldest hockey tournament in world, is being played at Sports Authority of India, Kolkata since October 28th. The Quarter Final League stage of the tournament will start from tomorrow (7 November 2013).
Four teams including defending champions Indian Oil, Air India, Army XI and ONGC have been seeded directly into the Quarter Final league stage. The qualifying matches for Quarter Finals league were completed today.
Today, CAG defeated South Central Railway 4-2 to become the 4th qualifying team for the Quarter Final League stage, while Northern Railways defeated Young Society by 7-1. Yesterday, ERSA and Central Railways won their respective matches against Canara Bank (4-3) and CESC Sporting Club (4-3) respectively to qualify for QF League stage of the 2013 edition of Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament. Continue reading →
Hockey Indian General Secretary Narinder Batra said “If any player skips the national camp, we will be left with no option but to induct juniors for the Olympic qualifiers. It is for the players to make the choice, We cannot stop the players from playing wherever they want to. They all know that they would be playing in an event not sanctioned by the FIH and it is for them to decide what is in their best interests. It is not that we are announcing the dates of the national camp now, we had submitted our programme months in advance to the sports ministry for approval. The tentative date given for the camp to start was between December 11-15.”
“We know that the players will be at a loss if they do not play in the WSH. We are, in fact, in touch with some corporates to announce cash rewards for players of the team if it qualifies for the Olympics. That can happen only if they play and qualify for the London Olympics.” He added.
Something must read:
WSH: Nobbs need to tread a middle path –K. Arumugam
Baljit Singh, during a national camp in Banglore (2011)
Ok Batra ji, agreed that Hockey India are planning to give cash rewards for the players of the team if it qualifies for the Olympics, but what about this “That can happen only if they play and qualify for the London Olympics”. What happens should they not qualify for the Olympics? What then? Are they not entitled to anything? So basically its the story of hanging the carrot and making one jump and not the story of one where you build steps so you do not have to jump to get the carrot. The built up stairs make sure you get there. Continue reading →