National Championship or National Camp: Indian Hockey Federation or Hockey India?

No wonder, why nobody turned up on the very first of women’s national camp being organized by Hockey India for the preparation upcoming tournaments including Champions Challenge I in June, 2nd Asian Champions Trophy in September and Olympic Qualifiers February 2012? (No takers for hockey camp! Navneet Singh, Hindustan Times – 2 April, 2011), because the rival body IHF (Indian Hockey Federation)’s National Championship for Women is starting from 5th April 2011 in Bangalore (IHF still calling the shots M.S.Unnikrishnan, The Tribune – 5 April, 2011). Earlier railways had planned to participate in National Championship and players were ready to catch their train to Bangalore from Delhi but at last moment Railways withdrawn from the tournament (Railways withdraw from National meet Navneet Singh, Hindustan Times – 5 April, 2011).

Women's Team Training

Women's Team Training

HI secretary-general Narinder Batra, armed with the mandate of FIH in which the international body had warned players for not participating in un-recognised tournaments, threatened players with disciplinary action, if they participate in National Championship being organised by IHF which recognised by as the sole body responsible for the affairs of the sport in the country while HI has the full backing of the FIH.

Hockey lovers, followers, fans including players and sports boards like Railways, etc all are in dilemma, whom they should follow? Who is to be blamed if our teams does not perform in international tournament? Who is responsible for all this mess? Can they (HI and IHF) not sit together and work towards betterment of game, not for their ego and power by threatening the players. And here FIH is acting like Britishers, divide and rule, and take advantage. If HI is favorite of FIH and they are measure source of income for  FIH, then they should learn something from BCCI Cricketing lessons for hockey: Part I“.

Men’s Hockey Camp started in Delhi

Harendra Singh (Chief Coach, Indian National Men's Hockey Team)

Harendra Singh (Chief Coach, Indian National Men's Hockey Team)

Men’s Hockey Camp started at Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium, Delhi for the preparation of upcoming tournaments under the watchful eyes of National Chief Coach Harendra Singh, which is attended by around 45 players, whose names are given later in the post. But I dont understand why the players like Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur are not called for the camp, though they have been performing well in domestic tournaments?

Goal Keepers:
Adrain D’ Souza (Air India), Shreejesh P.R. (IOB), Bharat Chetri (Canara Bank) Dinesh Ekka (ONGC),  Jaswinder Singh (Railways) Gurpreet Singh (Air India) Continue reading →

ik khas mulakaat (a tryst) with former Indian hockey captain Padma Shri Pragat Singh

Came across an interview of former Indian hockey captain Padma Shri Pragat Singh who is also the Director of Pubjab Sports, and the Chairman of Development Committee, Hockey India, for Zee punjabi’s interview based show ik khas mulakaat (IKM) whose host is Narinder Pal Singh Jagdeo (E-mail:ikm@zeenetwork.com). Please note that this interview is in punjabi and all rights are reserved with Zee.


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Champions Trophy 2011: 1-11 Dec, 2011 in Delhi

FIH President Negre and new appointed Sports Minister of India Ajay Maken had a meeting this week and discussed on hockey development project in India. They discussed on Hockey India and the professional league under the banner of FIH and HI. And announced that the FIH’s  coming 4-year programme in country, will begin with the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy, which will take place in Delhi in a period from 1-11 December 2011 (event schedule TBC) which will be followed by a combined Men’s & Women’s Olympic Qualifier early 2012.

FIH

FIH Logo

The Men’s FIH Champions Trophy features outright qualifiers Australia, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and hosts India; along with arch-rival Pakistan and another Asian hockey giant South Korea are in three Asian teams, which will feature in the exciting new eight-team event.

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IHF Vs HI backed by FIH, will benefit hockey and players

World Series Hockey Logo

World Series Hockey

FIH has communicated its stance on WSH (World Series Hockey of Nimbus of IHF) and they have mentioned they have been planning to establish a professional league under the banner of FIH and HI. This is a similar situation to ICL and IPL, which resulted in beneficial for players and the game. If the current sequence of events goes that way then it will be really advantageous for hockey in general and Indian Hockey in particular, but the condition is that HI should exploit the opportunity and should run the show for betterment of the hockey in India and subcontinent, rather being busy in filling up their pockets.

FIH communicates on Indian World Series (from: www.fih.ch)
On January 24, the FIH sent a letter to all its member national associations regarding a reported new hockey league in India. Below is the letter in which the FIH explains its stance in regards to the proposed World Series of Hockey. Continue reading →