Hockey India Accepts Sports Ministry’s Proposal; IHF Asks for One Week Time for Consulting its State Units

Hockey India Accepts Sports Ministry’s Proposal; IHF Asks for One Week Time for Consulting its State Units – Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Press Release

Ajay Maken (MoYS, India)

Ajay Maken (MoYS, India)

Shri Ajay Maken ,Union Minister of State(I/C) for Youth affairs and Sports today informed that subsequent to his efforts of bringing the Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation ( IHF) together on the basis of a 10 point agreement formula on Saturday last, both the groups have written back to the Ministry.

While the Hockey India had accepted the Governments proposal, the IHF in its letter to the Ministry has commended the efforts of the Ministry in bringing the two groups together and has asked for time till June 21st to revert back. The IHF wants to consult all its state units before reverting to the Ministry, Shri Maken informed.

Shri Maken termed today’s development as positive and said that the acceptance of his proposal by HI and the positive tone and tenor of IHF gave him hope that the two bodies will come together at the earliest in the interest of the National Sport.

Sports Minister Offers Merger for HI and IHF

Ajay Maken (MoYS, India)

Ajay Maken (MoYS, India)

Ajay Maken, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, had called a meeting of Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and proposed their merger to solve long pending dispute between them. He has given three days ultimatum to feuding Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation to merge.

The hour-long meeting was attended by Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra, treasurer Mushtaq Ahmed and members Rajiv Mehta and Pratap Satpathy. The IHF was represented by its president RK Shetty and secretary Ashok Mathur. Apart from MoYS Ajay Maken himself, Joint Secretary (Sports) Injeti Srinivas and Secretary (Sports) Sindhushree Khullar also participated.

I guess, there should be no reason to refuse this proposal from any side, if they accept it that will be biggest step for Indian hockey towards golden glory from this worst possible state of the game in the country.

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Senior National Hockey Championship 2011: Pool Results



Senior National Hockey Championship 2011” is being organized jointly by Hockey India and Department of Sports, Madhya Pradesh. Pool results which are given below, will be updated everyday. Team codes mentioned in the details of Pools given below and – : – means match is not played yet. Sorry to say, you will need to scroll a lot to view the results as there total 8 pools and results are not arranged date wise.

Quarterfinalists: Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar, Air India, Jharkhand, Haryana, Indian Railways and Orissa.

It will be
Punjab Vs Bihar
Karnataka Vs Air India
Jharkhand Vs Indian Railways
Haryana Vs Orissa
in quarterfinals on 16th June, 2011.

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Hockey India: Senior National Hockey Championship 2011

In all, 32 teams have confirmed participation in the tournament that will be played on a league-cum-knockout format, which will be basis for the selection of probables for the coaching camps for the Indian national team for various international competitions in 2011 and 2012.

“The matches will be played on four artificial pitches at Aishbagh Stadium, Mayur Park and Sports Authority of India (SAI) turfs. Floodlights will be used at both Aishbagh stadium and SAI centre,” said HI in a statement.Pools: Continue reading →

65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup: Prize Money Increased, Inaugurated with Laser Show

65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup, the prestigious domestic hockey tournament of India, was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan by offering prayer to Hockey.  He also announced that the prize money for the winners has been increased to more than double from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh. Similarly, the prize money increased to 5.5 lakh from 3 lakh and 2.75 lakh from 2 lakh for runners up and third positioned team respectively. Ministers Tukajirao Pawar,Babulal Gour, Umashankar Gupta, Mayor Krishna Gour, Hockey India President Mariama Koshi, the MP of Gwalior Yashodra Raje Scindia, MLA Vishwas Sarang, Dhruvnarayan Singh, Sanjay Chaudhary and MP State Hockey Academy Chief Coach Ashok Kumar were also present there at inauguration, which showcased the history of hockey nursery Bhopal through an amazing laser show.


Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup (source:

The first match of the tournament was played between Namdhari XI and Sapura Club (Malaysia) and ended in a goalless draw. None of the team could not score from numerous chances. Gurmail Singh of Namdhari was adjudged player of the match.

Today’s schedule:
PNB Vs SAI @5:00PM
BPCL Vs Railways @6:45PM
MP Academy Vs ONGC @8:00PM

Arjun Halappa to don Captain’s Arm Band

Senior most member of the Indian team Arjun Halappa finally gets the chance to wear the Captain’s Arm Band, he has been named captain for the forthcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held from 5th to 15th May, 2011. He was the captain of India A in 2004 and he is the most capped player of the current team (with 223 caps). He has played under captaincy of very junior players but never complained. Hope he will lead the Indian team to glory as he does in the mid-field during the game.

Arjun Halappa

Arjun Halappa

Brief Profile of Arjun Halappa Son of former East Bengal Hockey Club player B.K. Halappa, Arjun joined the Centre of Excellence in 1998. Hails from Coorg. Played his first Senior Nationals at Hyderabad next year and was picked among the 72 probables for a conditioning camp. Made his Jr.internl debut in the Europe tour same year under coaches C.R. Kumar and Harendera. Posted eight goals in the 2000 Junior Asia Cup, including a brace in the semis. Scored vital goals at Hobart Jr. World Cup before earning senior spurs in coach Cedric D’Souza’s regime as a part of title winning Dhaka Prime Minister Gold Cup team. Since then cemented his place in the senior side.

Captained India for the Prince Taekemada Cup (Gifu, Japan) in 2004. Led Bangalore Lions to PHL titles. After brief stint in Canara Bank, joined Indian Airlines in 2002 after figuring in the KL World Cup.

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