Hero MotoCorp Felicitated Asian Games Hockey Goldies

New Delhi, October 15, 2014: In keeping with its long-term commitment to nurture and promote the national game, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, felicitated the Indian National Hockey team for winning the Gold at the 17th Asian Games 2014 at Incheon, at a glittering ceremony in the capital today.

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh gifting Indian Jersey signed by Asian Games Gold Medalist Indian Hockey Team to Pawan Munjal ( Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp) at the felicitation function organized by Hero MotoCorp

Indian Hockey Captain Sardar Singh gifting Indian Jersey signed by Asian Games Gold Medalist Indian Hockey Team to Pawan Munjal ( Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp) at the felicitation function organized by Hero MotoCorp

As a gesture of appreciation for winning the Gold and thereby qualifying for the Rio Olympics 2016, Hero MotoCorp also rewarded each member of the team with Rs 200,000/- and a 225cc Hero ZMR bike. The company also rewarded each support staff of the team with Rs 100,000/-.

Congratulating the team at the event, which was attended by a large number of sports personalities, enthusiasts, administrators and other dignitaries, Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp said, “This victory by the hockey team at the Asiad Games will go a long way in our collective efforts to revive our national game. What makes this victory even more special is the fact that the title has returned to India after a long wait of 16 years. Representing India in the global arena is a special honour and millions of Indians look up to these champions. At Hero, we have a long history of association with different sports and Hockey has been one of the priority areas. We will continue to cheer for our team and support the game in various formats through our association with Hockey India and FIH. Continue reading →

Hero MotoCorp will be title Sponsor of Hockey India League

New Delhi, 1 January 2013: Hockey India League (HIL) signed a multi-year deal with Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, for the ‘Title Sponsorship’ of the much-awaited League.

Hero Hockey India League Logo

Hero Hockey India League

Hero MotoCorp has always reposed its faith in Indian hockey by promoting the game in the country through sponsorship of marquee tournaments and other initiatives.

With this sponsorship, the tournament will be called as “Hero Hockey India League“.

Announcing this here today, Mr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India and Chairman Hockey India League, said “We are delighted to have Hero MotoCorp as the Title Sponsor of the Hockey India League. Hero Group and particularly its MD & CEO Mr. Pawan Munjal, have always been great well-wishers of Indian Hockey and they have supported many initiatives of Hockey India in the past few years. Hockey India League thanks Hero MotoCorp for coming on board to become our partner for a long & joyful journey.” Continue reading →

India in Finals for against France(Men’s) and South Africa (Women’s)

Indian girls did wonderful a job in overcoming the defencive mode of their Italian counter-parts. As Italy needed a just draw to reach the finals of Olympic Qualifiers (to be played tomorrow at 8PM IST), whose winner will be play in London 2012, they played defencive and did not want to concede goals and attacked rarely. So India had to face a lot of resiliance from the Italians and this deadlock continued till the 55th minute of the game, when India’s Ritu Rani sent the ball in net on a high rebound from Italy’s Gaolkeeper’s pads on Jaspreet Kaur flick on a penalty corner. Italian players protested but Ritu Rani’s stick was not dangerously high. And, after having lead India, India had to do lot of work in defence as Italy was in attacking mode, but hosts kept attacking also. Though India conceded a penalty corner but Joydeep Kaur stood tall between the nets and fierce hit from Italy’s player and deflected it just wide with her stick. Indian women’s team game lacked the intensity initially, as they missed many opportunity which came their way, finally the hard work gave them the deserved win and a place in finals, a chance to play in Olympics after 32 years. Girls would take it both handed, should go all out against South Africa in the finals tomorrow at 8:00PM IST in Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, plus they will have crowd behind them.

South Africa Vs India in the Final of Hero FIH Road to London

South Africa Vs India in the Final of Hero FIH Road to London

Poland was tough nut to crack for India (already in the final, as France was held by Canada). Not only the Polish team took lead in 13th minute (PC goal by DUTKIEWICZ Tomasz), but also equalized (2-2) in 63rd minute through PC goal by JUSZCZAK Miroslaw. While India first levelled the score in 26th minute though a direct conversion of penalty by Sandeep Singh and they could take lead only in 59th minute through nicely worked pass Sarvanjit Singh to Shivendra Singh in front of Goal mouth, who neatly deflected it into the net. But 4 minutes later, Poland restored parity, which lasted on 90 seconds and India lead again (3-2) in 65th minute through an unstoppable flick by Raghunath on a penalty corner. Sandeep Singh converted the last PC, which they got at the stroke final hooter to make it 4-2.

24th February’s Results:
W13 UKR – POL 1 – 0 (1 – 0)           M13 ITA – SIN 4 – 0 (2 – 0)
W14 RSA – CAN 4 – 1 (1 – 1)            M14 FRA – CAN 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
W15 ITA – IND 0 – 1 (0 – 0)   M15 IND – POL 4 – 2 (1 – 1)  

 Fixtures of Qualification matches: Continue reading →

Indian Eves were Impressive, Men’s Big Tests Ahead

Indian women’s team came up with impressive performance, after yesterday’s draw against Ukraine, to beat Canada with an impressive score of 4-1. Their men counterparts did well in converting penalty corners (4 successful conversion of 5 chances) to defeat Italy 8-1. But Indian mens did not look as ruthless as they were against Singapore. They committed some usual mistakes in defending e.g. as slow foot movement. These mistakes against top teams may cause dearly.

Ansuta Lakra

Ansuta Lakra, Player of the match

For India, Sandeep singh found board thrice out of 4 PCs (4th, 22nd and 23rd Minute), while Ragunath scored 1 PC (that was second PC for India) goal in 12th Minute, SV Sunil scored a goal in each half (30th and 38th Minute), Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Shivendra Singh found the target once each in 32nd and 52nd Minute respectively. While Italy pulled one back in 17th Minute through NANNI Alessandro in an indirect penalty corner conversion. Italy managed to hold India very well in second half and conceded only two goal after lemon break when the score board read 6-1 in favor of the hosts.

India vs Canada women’s match, started on quite rough note when Canadian mid-fielder body tackled an Indian player and kept the physios on both side busy till the end, though all was un-intentional injuries. Determined Indian girls were on song and scored some beautiful goals with some individual skills and variations in penalty corners, but conceded unlucky one in the dying moment of the game. Continue reading →

Indian Womens held by Ukraine, Mens thrashed Singapore ruthlessly

mIIndian womens started their journey on “Hero FIH Road to London” on a disappointing note when they were held by lowly ranked Ukraine 1-1, on the other hand their mens counterpart performed as per expectation when they thrashed the minnows Singapore with score line reading 15-1 at the end of 70 minutes.

gurvinder singh chandi

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Indian men’s scored 15 goals through  Gurwinder Singh Chandi (FG10th Minute, FG21, FG40), Sardar Singh (FG11), Shivendra Singh (FG18, FG30), Danish Mujtaba (PC25,FG52), Tushar Khandkar (FG42), Sandeep Singh(PC47),  SK Uthappa (PC48), Yuvraj Walmiki (FG53), SV Sunil (FG54, FG57) and Birendra Lakra (FG70), while Singapore registered on score board through Enrico Marican (FG39). Clearly India dominated the game, but Singapore pulled off some nice saves, specially in Penalty Corners.

Indian women’s team slow in start, the first half saw a under-standard performance by Indian eves, but when they came out with loaded ammunition in second half, could only manage to level the score through Yendala Soundarya in 42nd minute. Some contraversial decision by umpires made sure that Ukraine escaped with the one point from the match after taking the lead in 26th through captain Maryna Vynohradova in penalty corner.

Tomorrow(February 19th)’s Matches:
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Tickets and Telecast details for “Hero FIH Road to London”: 1st Qualifiers in Delhi

Hero FIH Road To London LogoHelpline for Tickets– For any assistance or queries you can call at helpline number: +91 96633 99319.

Hockey India has announced daily complimentary tickets for former Hockey Olympians and International Players to witness the Qualifiers. HI has requested Ajitpal Singh (Chairman Hockey India coaching and development committee, +91 9818399788 / ajitpalsinghhockey@hotmail.com) to coordinate with the former Olympians and International players on this.

Live on Ten Sports in India

Live on Ten Sports in India

Telecast details:

All the matches of India and Finals will be telecasted live on Tensports in India.

In men’s category apart from hosts India (FIH Rank:10), 5 other teams Canada (11), France (18), Poland (19), Italy (28) and Singapore (41) are in contest for the lone place for London 2012 available from the first of the qualifying tournament. One of the 6 women’s team South Africa (12), India (13), Italy (19), Canada (20), Ukraine (26) and Poland (28) will qualify for London Olympics.

Ticket Outlets in Delhi NCR

LANDMARK LTD, FASTTRAX, Planet M and 24/7 (Detail Given Below)  Continue reading →