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 →

Maken Releases Book “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey”, Penned by K Arumugam

Ajay Maken Releases Book "Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey"

Ajay Maken Releases Book "Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey"

K Arumugam (an IIT graduate, a hockey historian,  school children read his writing in a chapter on hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in CBSE books, the editor and owner of, author many books on hockey, the visionary of One Thousand Hockey Legs program, detailed profile here) has penned down the vast history of Indian women’s hockey with the profiles of more than 200 players in a book entitled “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey“. The book, first in Asia on women hockey, also provides rare vintage images and rare data on which presently no reliable literature is available. Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken released the book “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey” in a simple ceremony in Delhi.

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Press Release (Press Information Bureau, Government of India):
Ajay Maken Releases Book on Women’s Hockey

Shri Ajay Maken, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, today released a book titled “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey” authored by hockey historian and chronicle Shri. K. Arumugam in a simple ceremony. Continue reading →

2011 Men’s Champions Trophy no longer in India

As K Arumugam of says India pays for its collective sin of Hockey India (HI), Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and all people involved with hockey, with the announcement of by FIH to shift out 2011 Men’s Champions Trophy. More such difficult decision are pending from FIH (may include shifting out of Olympic Qualifiers), if the situation/confusion over Indian Hockey governance does not improve. FIH will have to take away the gifts back from India, hence depriving we hockey fans and players of Hockey.


FIH Logo

Hockey administration in India needs to wake up, though its too late, but better than never. But the question remains same “who is administrating hockey in India?” Is it FIH, who backs HI, or court who approves IHF or Ministry who wants HI-IHF Joint Executive Board? This confusion needs to resolved as soon as possible, it can be decided whether the governing body is working for the development of the National Game of India.

2011 Men’s Champions Trophy no longer in India : FIH Press Release Continue reading →

Nehru Hockey Tournament Society to Help Late Olympian VJ Peter’s Family

Delhi based Jawarhalal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society to present needy Mrs Shanti Mary, wife of late VJ Peter, Rs. 2 lac on National Sports Day. He was an extra-ordinary hockey player. He won a a silver, gold and bronze for India in three Olympics 1960, 1964 and 1968 respectively. Services player in domestic hockey, Peter, was awarded an Arjuna in 1967. The Nehru Hockey Tournament society will organize an exhibition match on August 29 (Sports Day) in his memory.

We can also join the cause, how? Just go to any SBI branch and deposit your contribution into the Nehru Hockey’s SBI Account, details are as given below:
Account Holder Name:
Jawarhalal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society
Account Number:
10038196347, Type: Savings
Connaught Circus Branch New Delhi

And then e-mail/message the details of the transaction to Nehru Hockey and the list of contributors can be found at Nehru Hockey’s Website
Nehru Hockey Tournament Society

Nehru Hockey Tournament Society logo

To join the efforts of Nehru Hockey Tournament Society, Dronacharya Awardee Hockey Coach A K Bansal appeals:Dear all every day we r talking about the standard of hockey-going down or up, but in this race we r forgeting our real time heroes like late V.J.Peter, tripal Olympion and winner of atleast a medal in all three (one gold,one silver, & one bronze), now its a sad story that the late peter’s family is strugling to meet both ends offcourse JL Nehru Hockey Society took a great step and decided to hand over a cheque of Rs. 2.0 Lacs for his family on 29th Aug’11. but friends question is why Nehru society alone- can’t we all help to that great family ? every day we spent hundreds of rupees for useless talk over mobile phone, burning liters of petrol in our car/ two wheeler. frds we also want to help the needy family, could u pls join us ? Continue reading →

First Bharat Ratna should go to Dhyan Chand

I completely agree with Author K Arumugam who is a hockey historian, his article on Dhyan Chand was in the XI standard English Text book (CBSE syllabus) for many years (2002-2008). And request to read through learn more about the legendary Hockey Wizard Major Dhyan Chand who deserves Bharat Ratna before any other sports person in India.

First Bharat Ratna should go to Dhyan Chand : K Arumugam (

K Arumugam

K Arumugam

The time for sports lovers at large including cricket fans, has come. There have been voices — which count in India — as to cricket genius Sachin Tendulkar should be honoured with the top most civilian award Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India).

No sportsperson in India have ever been bestowed with this honour. This is in itself bad considering some unworthy individuals from other walks of life have got it. That is a different matter though. more on ….

On Hockey Fans Club (Our Facebook fan page), Ravi Teja Mandapaka had posted, “Seems after the Victory at the Cricket World Cup, the nation has gone mad which happens after such great achievements. A Bharat Ratna for Sachin is on the cards, but A” Posthumous Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand Sir ” is never too late to pay homage to one of the finest sports person to have born on the Indian Soil……..!