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 →

Grand welcome for Sultan of Johor Cup Champions at Delhi Airport

New Delhi, 21 October 2014: Amidst much fan following, being received by their family and friends and being welcome wholeheartedly by the media, the Indian Junior Men Hockey Team post retaining the title of the Sultan of Johor Cup arrived at the IGI Airport, New Delhi yesterday late night.

Junior Indian Hockey Team: The Champions of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 at IGI Airport New Delhi

Junior Indian Hockey Team: The Champions of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 at IGI Airport New Delhi

Being applauded for their stint at the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup, which was held at Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 12 October – 19 October 2014, the Indian Junior Men Hockey Team was seen in high spirits at their arrival in New Delhi. The team was appreciated for their astounding display of team work as well as implementing new techniques and strategies in their game play that generated fruitful results for team India. Continue reading →

Jr India beat Great Britain to Retain the Sultan of Johor Cup Title

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 19 October 2014: Junior India stole the show with last minute goal to defeat Great Britain and retained their Sultan of Johor Cup title after a fitting finale played at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Junior Indian Hockey Team: The Champions of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Junior Indian Hockey Team: The Champions of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

An exciting final, filled with pace and excitement saw the Indian Junior Men Hockey team edging past Great Britain with the final score of 2-1, in which Top Scorer and Player of the Tournament Harmanpreet Singh scored twice including a last minute goal, while Samuel French scored the equalizer for Great Britain in 56th minute. Indian captain Harjeet Singh was adjudged as Most Promising Player of the Tournament.

Earlier in the day, Australia defeated New Zealand 6-2 to win bronze medal, while hosts Malaysia overcame Pakistan 3-1 to avoid last place. Continue reading →