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 →

Manpreet to Lead India in Hockey Junior Men World Cup

New Delhi, 27 November 2013: Indian Junior Men National Team for the Hero Hockey Junior Men World Cup 2013 was announced today in a glamorous event organised at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi where all the 18 players were introduced one by one to the media and guests.

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

The 18 member team will be Captained by the experienced midfielder Manpreet Singh while defender Amit Rohidas will be the Vice-Captain.

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said “Our Junior team has been training hard to reach the pinnacle during the forthcoming Junior Men World Cup. Winning the Sultan of Johar Cup and subsequent exposure during the Asian Champions Trophy were steps in right direction for the preparations. I wish each and every player and support staff all the very best”. Continue reading →

Manpreet to Lead India in 3rd Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 28 October 2013: Mid-fielder Manpreet Singh will lead Indian Men Hockey team at the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy to be held at Kakamigahara, Japan from 2-10 November 2013.

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Indian team management has decided to send the Indian Junior squad to the tournament for giving them crucial match experience and exposure before all important Hero Hockey Junior World Cup to be held in New Delhi from 6-15 December 2013.

Kothajit Singh will be the vice-captain of 18 member squad, 13 of which were part of Indian Junior Men Team who recently won the Sultan of Johor Cup 2013 in Malaysia. Continue reading →

Manpreet to Lead Junior India at Sultan of Johor Cup 2013

3 September 2013: Indian junior men’s hockey was announced today for the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup to be played at Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 22-29 September 2013.

Manpreet Singh, Captain of Junior Indian Men Hockey team for Sultan of Johor Cup

Manpreet Singh, Captain of Junior Indian Men Hockey team for Sultan of Johor Cup

The six nation tournament will feature Argentina, England, India, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan. India finished as runners-up in the last edition of the tournament played in 2012.

The new look squad will be captained Midfielder Manpreet Singh while forward Affan Yousuf will be the Vice-Captain for the 3rd edition of Sultan of Johor Cup, which is an annual under-21 men’s invitational tournament. Continue reading →

India beat Pakistan to Finish 5th at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament

17 March 2013: Indian men’s hockey team came from 1-0 down to defeat Pakistan 4-2 in the fifth place play off match in 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.

Abdul Haseem Khan (Pakistan) and Akashdeep (India) in action during Champions Trophy, Melbourne 2012 (Photo by Raghu Prasad R V)

Akashdeep  scored 2nd Goal of India against Pakistan at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (Photo by Raghu Prasad R V)

India had won against Pakistan 3-1 in the league match. This for the first time that they have defeated Pakistan twice in a tournament after 2003 Afro Asian Games, which was played in Hyderabad (India). While this is Pakistan’s successive last place finish at Ipoh, as they were seventh last year.

Pakistan got off the block first and went ahead with low flick from the skipper Muhammad Imran on their 1st Penalty Corner in 8th minute. Indian drag flick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh drew parity in 16th minute on penalty corner. Just few seconds before half time, Akashdeep Singh earned lead for India after being set up by Mandeep Singh. Continue reading →

Junior Indian Hockey Team Enter Final of 2nd Sultan of Johor Cup

New Delhi, November 15, 2012: Indian Junior Men team entered the final of 2nd Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia as they defeated New Zealand 3-1 in their fourth league match played at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Johor Bahru. In other two matches of the day, Pakistan and Germany defeated (2-0) last year’s finalists Malaysia and Australia respectively to keep their chances alive for the finals.

Manpreet Singh

File photo of Skipper Manpreet Singh who scored a goal

India now have 10 points and a match in hand against Malaysia to be played on Saturday and are confirmed of their place in final on Sunday. The other finalist will only be known after the completion of final round robin matches on Saturday.

India are followed by Germany and Australia with 6 points each in points table. While Pakistan and New Zealand are at 4th and 5th place in current standing with 5 and 4 points respectively. The defending champions and hosts Malaysia are at last position and are out of contention for title. Continue reading →