SAI released Rs.11.27 crore to Hockey India during 2014-15 against allocated budget of Rs. 10.5 crore

After reports appeared in a section of media about Sports Authority of India (SAI) not clearing the National Junior Women’s Hockey Camp proposed to be conducted in Bhopal from 19th August, 2014 to 30th September, 2014, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports clarified the situation through a press release.

Hockey India LogoAccording to press release, Hockey India was allocated a budget of Rs. 10.50 crore for its Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions for 2014-2015. Hockey India was required to determine its priorities for competitions and training within this budget. Any additional funding for its additional requirements depends on various factors including availability of funds under the relevant scheme.  Continue reading →

Why this Kolaveri? Indian Team Withdrew form Azlan Shah Cup to Get Approval from MYAS

February 26, 2013: Hockey India and Government were questioned for the lack of funds for the National Game of country, Hockey, by the fans in social media, when the news of Indian Hockey Team’s withdrawal from Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 broke out. But later in the evening, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) cleared the trip with a warning to Hockey India. Why all this?

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 Logo

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013

According to a media release from Hockey India, “In the sanction given by Sports Authority of India (SAI) to Hockey India regarding the men’s team participation in the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament, it is mentioned that Indian Men team will play this tournament at no cost to government. The only obligation to the government for this tour was to cover airfare cost of the team but in the sanction given by SAI it is clearly mentioned that government is not covering any cost. Therefore Hockey India has been forced to withdraw its participation from the tournament. Government has always covered the airfare of the team for this tournament till date. 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 stick2hockey.com, 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 →

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.

Merger proposal (official version): Continue reading →