The Black Sticks Men’s team has been announced for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which will be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from 24 May to 3 June. It is the last tournament the Black Sticks will compete in before the Olympic team is named in mid June.
Other teams competing are Great Britain, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and India as well as host country Malaysia, who are the only team not to have qualified for this year’s Olympics.
“This will be a great quality tournament for us and offers an opportunity to test ourselves against teams we’ll be playing against in London. Korea and India are both in our pool at the Olympics, so we are looking forward to playing them,” says captain Dean Couzins, who will likely reach his 250th test cap during the tournament. Continue reading →
World Series Hockey announces mega incentive plan for 2012 Olympics
Hockey Stalwarts back Indian Team to win Olympic medal
WSH says Go India Go, rewrite the history on blue pitch
World Series Hockey (WSH) is confident that the Indian National Hockey Team will come out with flying colours at the Olympics Qualifying Tournaments, starting February 18 in Delhi, and wishes them the very best for their campaign.
Before India’s first match against Singapore in the Men’s Qualifiers, Yannick Colaco, COO Nimbus Sport said, “The legacy of Indian hockey at the Olympics is unmatched with the national team winning 11 medals, including 8 gold medals. WSH is committed to promote hockey and hence has launched an incentive campaign – Strive For Gold to motivate the Indian team to play their best. Our current Indian team has tremendous potential and WSH wishes them the very best for their Olympic campaign”
With the objective to motivate and reward the Indian hockey players, WSH announces the following incentive plan for the 2012 Olympics:
Indian team qualifies for the 2012 Olympics : Rs 5 lakh to every WSH player in the Indian Team
Indian team wins Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 50 lakh (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
Indian team wins Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 1 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
Indian team wins Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 2 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park (London 2012) will have different looks than usual green colored astro turf. For the first time, the Olympic Hockey competitions will be held on blue pitches. Main pitch will stage all of the 76 matches (24 teams) which will be played from 29 July to 11 August. For tickets please visit www.tickets.london2012.com.
Jonty Clarke and Alex Danson on Blue Pitch and their preparation for London 2012 (London Evening Standard)
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions (Image by Populous)
The pink colored outline and blue pitch will blend well with theme of the games. According to GB hockey international player Alex Danson who was involved in color test, it provides a really strong contrast for players against the white ball and white lines and he quickly adapted to the change. This will also be the first Olympic Games since the introduction of the ‘Self Pass‘ rule by FIH to make game even quicker.
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that the pitches to be used at the Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park will be blue. Over 600,000 spectators will be cheering on as the world’s top Hockey players battle it out on blue pitches for the first time ever at an Olympic Games.