Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

India Start Preparation of Jr World Cup 2016

24 April 2014: Hockey India announced names of 60 players for the Junior Men coaching camp at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi commencing from 25 April 2014, which will be reduced to 33 core probables on 3rd and 4th May 2014. The coaching camp of the junior men core probables will continue till 6 June 2014.

Harjeet Singh (Punjab): Man of the Tournament in action against Odisha

Harjeet Singh (Punjab) and Sumit Toppo (Odisha) in action during Junior Nationals at Chennai

With this camp India, the hosts of next FIH Junior Men Hockey World Cup 2016, expects to be ready with a strong team for the quadrennial event, which scheduled to take place in India from 1-11 December 2016.

The 60 campers of junior age category were selected by the Selectors B P Govinda, Arjun Halappa alongwith Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans, Haribinder Singh and Harendra Singh, Coach Junior Men Hockey Team on the basis of their performance in the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship held at Chennai from 24 March- 6 April 2014 and 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship held at Lucknow from 27 February – 23 March 2014. Continue reading →

Harendra to Coach Indian Junior Men Hockey Team

Former Coach of Indian Hockey team Harendra Singh will be coaching the Junior Men Hockey Team. His focus will be on grooming the Junior Men squad ahead of the Junior Men World Cup 2016 to be held in India.

Harendra Singh

Harendra Singh

Dronacharya Awardee Harendra Singh will join the training camp of the junior men hockey team on 25 April 2014 for preparations of the Junior Men World Cup 2016 and making sure that the premium quality is hand-picked and worked on the finesse to meet the difficulty level, as that of world-class battles.

Harendra was the Chief Coach of Indian Hockey Team for 2011 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where team fared poorly and finished 6th ahead of hosts Malaysia in 7 team competition. During the journey of Chandigarh Comets to the Semi-Finals of World Series Hockey 2012, he used young talented drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh, who went on to become joint top-scorer with Imran Warsi (Chennai Cheetahs) and the best player of the tournament. Continue reading →

Chandigarh Comets take on Bhopal Badshahs in inaugural Bridgestone WSH

The big day has arrived and the inaugural match of the 2012 Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) between Chandigarh Comets and Bhopal Badshahs, will usher a new era in Indian hockey. At every major league, an athlete or team emerges to define the tournament, and both the Comets and Badshahs players are eyeing to steal the limelight in the historic opener. 

bridgestone world series hockey wsh logo

Bridgestone World Series Hockey Logo

Dazzling Performances by Mika, Neha Dhupia, and other Bollywood Stars

The Sector-42 Stadium is set to stage a spectacular Opening Ceremony, which will begin at 7pm. The Grand Opening will feature superstar Saif Ali Khan. The power packed line up of performers include singing sensation Mika, super performer Neha Dhupia, ‘Rockstar’ singer Harshdeep Kaur, and many others.

Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan said “I look forward to being a part of the opening ceremony of World Series Hockey. The association of Agent Vinod with this action-packed event was more of an emotional reason as my grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, represented India in hockey. Our national sport has been ignored for a while and an initiative like this will ensure the sport is given its due attention and will resonate well with the youth of India.”

Over the next 34 days beginning from February 29, we will see 200 hockey players from across the world, sweat it out in 59 matches, shown live in more than 30 countries, to clinch the biggest purse in a hockey tournament and the glistening trophy. Continue reading →

WSH says Go India Go, ‘Strive for Gold’

  • World Series Hockey announces mega incentive plan for 2012 Olympics
  • Hockey  Stalwarts back Indian Team to win Olympic medal
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions
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)

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Will Players’ Opting Out of WSH Help India in Olympics Preparations?

Players opting out of WSH? But why, how it will help Indian Hockey?

Hockey is in prime time news again, with some good news (India reached semis of Champions Challenge I) and obviously, why the bad news will go away from hockey? In last two days, 12 players of current Indian squad (playing in ) has opted out  of WSH, but why? The reason is mentioned in the letter to Hockey India duly undersigned by the players. The 12 players are youngsters Rupinder Pal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Manjit Kullu, Brendra Lakra, Chingalesna Singh and Manpreet Singh, and stars Sandeep Singh, Bharat Chetri, Sardar Singh, PR Sreeesh and Yuvraj Walmiki. Is it good for Indian Hockey fraternity? I don’t think so, why? Let us have a look at some comments on this by hockey family members:

Players' Letter to HI Regarding WSH source: stick2hockey.com

Players' Letter to HI Regarding WSH (source: stick2hockey.com)

Famous cricket commentator and motivational speaker Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) tweeted, “if hockey india had supported indian hockey with the same intensity with which they oppose wsh, there would have been no need for wsh!!

UK’s Hockey Magazine “PUSH Hockey” (@PUSHHOCKEYMAG) tweeted after India won quarter finals against Malaysia, “Memo to Hockey India: next #champschallenge match – more time preparing players, less time getting them to sign memos #wsh
The PUSH Hockey replied to @thefansofhockey “The timing makes one suspect that wanting the success of the India national side is not HI’s primary motivation” on asking “but what do you say about the timing of announcement Hockey India? In the middle of Champs1 #CCHockeyJHB”

Varkey commented on thefansofhockey.com, Continue reading →