NALCO comes on board as Associate Sponsor for the upcoming Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

New Delhi, 2 November 2014: National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), a Navratna company, has decided to come on board as an Associate Sponsors for the upcoming Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014.

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) LogoThe Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 is scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 6 December till 14 December 2014, returning back to its biennial format after the introduction of Hockey World League. Continue reading →

Champions Trophy 2014 Gets Associate Sponsor in Tata Steel

New Delhi, 29 October 2014: Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 gets a boost as Tata Steel has come on board as associate sponsor for the tournament to be held in Bhubaneswar, India from 6th December till 14th December 2014.

Manikanta Naik (Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel) and Elena Norman (Chief Executive Officer, Hockey India) signing the agreement Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Manikanta Naik (Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel) and Elena Norman (Chief Executive Officer, Hockey India) signing the agreement

At a function held at Bhubaneswar, Tata Steel Limited signed an agreement with Hockey India, thereby announcing its Associate Sponsorship for the upcoming Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 where some of the finest men’s international teams will be participating. The agreement was signed by Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel and Elena Norman, Chief Executive Officer of Hockey India.

In eight team event, World Cup and defending champions, Australia; Commonwealth Games bronze medalists, England; Euro nations silver medalists, Belgium and Asian Games silver medalists, Pakistan are grouped in Pool A. While in Pool B, hosts and Asian Games champions India, will face World Cup 2014 bronze medalists, Argentina; World Cup 2014 runners-up, the Netherlands and 2012 Olympic gold medalists, Germany in league stage of the followed to decide the quarter-final fixtures. Continue reading →

Where would India stand at the Hague? Delhi or London or Melbourne!

India’s men Hockey team will be opening their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium at 1930 IST, which will be available live on Indian television on Ten Sports. As the Indian Hockey fans have high hopes from the team, Coach Terry Walsh feels they can finish in top 8.

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

What do you think, where India will stand at the end of Rabobank Hockey World Cup? Will they improve from the performance of last edition or get another wooden spoon? When will they play their last match, will it be on 12th or 14th or 15th June? Let us have a look.

In the last edition of the quadrennial hockey extravaganza, India finished 8th above their World Ranking in 2010 at New Delhi, while returned home with wooden spoon from London Olympics 2012 after losing all the matches. Indian side bounced back towards the end 2012 as guided India finished at fourth place in Melbourne in Champions Trophy under the watchful eyes of Michael Nobbs. Continue reading →

Hockey Matches to be played in 4 Quarters

20th March 2014: International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced today changes to the structure of the game. As tried and implemented by both the Euro Hockey League and Hockey India League, the FIH has decided to do away with two 35-minute halves, introduced four 15-minute quarters for improve the flow and intensity of the game.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoAccording to FIH release, 40-second time-outs following both penalty corner awards and the scoring of a goal have also introduced to maximum utilization of 60-minute game time for actual play by not consuming it with penalty corner set up, etc. This is also done for increasing the fan experience and opportunity for game presentation and analysis. Continue reading →

FIH unveils event hosts for 2015-2018 cycle

Host nations now known for 17 events as part of Federation’s new assignment process

Following Thursday’s announcement that England and India will be the host nations of the Hockey World Cups in 2018, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has selected the countries that will host the vast majority of its top level events in the 2015-2018 Cycle.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoThe move is part of FIH’s new event assignment process, which was launched and presented to the National Associations at the FIH Congress in November 2012.

Argentina will host two events in 2015, with the Men’s Hockey World League Semi Final and the Women’s Hockey World League Final, while Belgium will be the location for a superb joint Men’s and Women’s World League Semi-Finals tournament. The Men’s World League Final will take place in India from 5-13 December. 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 →