Finally, issue resolved! Govt recorgnises Hockey India

Finally, the decision has been taken and Hockey India has been recognised by Govt of India as National Sports Federation (NSF) for the sport of Hockey (Men’s and Women’s).

Hockey India LogoThe long pending issue of governing body of Hockey in India, which was affecting the sport in the country, is now settled. This decision of government is expected to have a positive impact on the promotion and development of National Sport of India i.e. Hockey.

According to a press release by Hockey India, it’s a moment of ecstasy for them today as they have finally been assigned the responsibility of promoting Hockey in India. Government of India through Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recognized Hockey India as the sole body responsible towards promotion of sport in national and international arena. Continue reading →

Jharkhand Win their Opener Against Manipur in 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

Jharkhand started their 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship campaign on winning note with  4-2 win against Manipur at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore.

64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship at KSHA Hockey Stadium Bangalore

Both the teams were locked at zero all at the time of lemon break. But, 2nd half something different in store, which started with Manipur going ahead with a own goal in 37th minute. But, Jharkhand replied within 2 minute and Deepak Soreng equalized through a field goal. And the game was the battle equals once again for the period of 17 minutes, when Manipur got another Own Goal as ball kissed goalie pads to lead once again. Continue reading →

Punjab Start on Winning Note, Karnataka Drew Again in 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals at Bangalore

Punjab started the campaign of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship on winning note, while Karnataka were held yet again for draw on the 2nd day of tournament at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.

In the first match of day, former Champion Punjab defeated the defending champion Mumbai by 3-1 to start the campaign on winning note.

The mighty Punjab made its presence felt from the word go with hard hitting and confident tackling. Even before Mumbai could settle down, Punjab took the lead through a Field Goal scored by Ranjit Singh in the 4th minute. Gurjeet Singh doubled the lead in the 24th Minute on a penalty corner. Punjab went into lemon break with 2 goals cushion. Continue reading →

Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals for Rangaswamy Cup Returns to Bangalore after 16 Years

The final phase of Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for the 64th Rangaswamy Cup will be played at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore. The Championship has returned to Bangalore after 16 years, which will be organized by Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) under the auspices of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

Indian Hockey Federation LogoHosts Karnataka will take on defending champions Mumbai in the opening game on 8th May, 2013 at 4:30 PM. (Full Schedule here)

The week long competition will conclude on 16th May, with final match being played under lights at 6 PM while 3rd place play off match will be played 4PM and prize distribution ceremony after final match. The final will be graced by Dinesh Reddy (IPS, DGP of Andhra Pradesh and the President of IHF) as chief guest. Continue reading →

World Series Hockey 2 Rescheduled

Bangalore, 16 November, 2012: World Series Hockey (WSH) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) have decided to reschedule the second edition of World Series Hockey, India’s first multi city franchise-based hockey tournament.

World Series Hockey LogoWSH 1 was a resounding success on-air, on-ground and online. With an average TV weekly reach of 8.9 million, the league was three times bigger than the nearest non-cricket competitor in the same period, English Premier League (2.75 million) (Source: TAM, CS 4+)

There were packed stadiums with 350, 000 + walk-ins, 10,000 articles in key national and regional newspapers generating media value in excess of 100 crores, and 10 million impressions across WSH digital properties with live streaming on YouTube, a global first for hockey.

The decision to reschedule the dates of hockey’s biggest annual event was taken after a request made by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to the organizers of the Event. The IHF has been in discussions with players, participating coaches and match officials, all of whom have reiterated their commitment to play in World Series Hockey.

There are two significant matters which could potentially properly define and cement the status of the IHF as the sole and exclusive governing body for hockey in India: Continue reading →

World Series Hockey Season 2: Bigger and Better with 1 match a day

World Series Hockey is back for its second edition, bigger and better!

TWorld Series Hockey Logohe largest hockey league in the world will start with a double header on Saturday, 15 December and will run till the finals on Sunday, 20 January.

The tournament will now have 45 matches played over 5 weeks, as opposed to 59 matches over the same period in the first edition. There will be one match a day on weekdays and two matches a day on the weekends. The weekday match begins at 8 pm and the two weekend matches start at 6 pm and 8 pm respectively.

This spread ensures that players get adequate rest between games and top-notch hockey is guaranteed from start to finish.

The number of teams in the competition now stands at seven, with Chandigarh Comets and Sher-e-Punjab united into one Punjab team. This will ensure undivided support for the team, with matches played across multiple venues in Punjab.  Continue reading →