Unique Number Caps presented to Men & Women Players by Hockey India

Hockey India on the sideline of hosting a Good Luck dinner for the Indian Men and Women team ahead of their departures for the upcoming FINTRO FIH World League Semi-Finals to be held from 20 June – 5th July in Antwerp (Belgium), marked yet another first in the history of Indian Hockey wherein players of both teams were presented with caps which has their own individual Unique Number and which stays with them for lifelong.

Narinder Dhruv Batra President Hockey India Addressing the Players during see off dinner before FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp

Narinder Dhruv Batra President Hockey India Addressing the Players during see off dinner before FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp

The numbers given to players are based on each player representing Hockey India since the National Sports Federation was incepted in 2009. While Gurbaj will be the 13th player to have made it to the Indian Men team hence No. 13 being given to him similarly Deepika with the No. 7 cap would mean she is the 7th player to have represented the Country under Hockey India. While Sardar Singh and Ritu Rani being the Captain of the present individual teams, were bestowed with No. 1 as their Unique Cap Number. Continue reading →

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 →

Hockey India Held its 22nd Executive Board Meeting

29 March 2014: Hockey India today held its 22nd Executive Board meeting at Holiday Inn Hotel in New Delhi. Some major decisions were taken in the meeting along with routine matters of the Federation.

With the aim of promoting hockey as a sport across the world, Hockey India took a strategic decision to provide aid to Afghanistan Hockey Federation, as Afghanistan Hockey Federation had requested for aid in a communiqué received early this month. In the meeting, HI Board has agreed to send Hockey Sticks, Balls and Goalkeeper Pads to them. Continue reading →

2018 Hockey World Cup and Handful of Events head to India

India won the rights to host 2018 Senior Men’s World Cup after presenting a strong bid to FIH, the other countries shortlisted were Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

FIH President Leandro Negre congratulating Elena Norman CEO Hockey India for winning the Bid for hosting 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup

FIH President Leandro Negre congratulating Elena Norman CEO Hockey India for winning the Bid for hosting 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup

Apart from 2018 Hockey World Cup, India will also be hosting the 2016 Junior Men’s World Cup, 2015 and 2017 Hockey World League Finals (2015-2018 Cycle hosts country details are here).

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said it is a proud moment for Indian Hockey to be once again given the responsibility of hosting Senior Men World Cup in 2018. I would like to specially thank Federation of International Hockey (FIH) who have reposed their faith in us to host this prestigious event in 2018. “This has been only possible with the extraordinary efforts put in by Hockey India Chief Executive Officer, Elena Norman and her team” added Dr. Batra. Continue reading →

Hockey India announces High Performance and Development Committee for 2013-14

New Delhi, 8 April 2013: Hockey India announced its High Performance and Development Committee for 2013-14. The 15 member committee will be headed by Dr Narinder Batra (Secretary General of Hockey India) and Roelant Oltmans (High Performance Director, Hockey India) will be the Vice-Chairman.

Hockey India LogoThe committee has Ajit Pal Singh (former Captain of 1975 World Cup winning team), Col. Balbir Singh (former Olympian and National Selector), Dilip Tirkey (former Captain and Member Rajya Sabha), Sukhvir Singh Grewal, Thoiba Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Dr RP Singh, Surinder Kaur, Saba Anjum, Michael Nobbs (Chief Coach, National Senior Men Hockey Team), Neil Hawgood (Chief Coach, National Senior Women Hockey Team) and Gregg Clark (Coach, National Junior Men Hockey Team) as its members. Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India will be the Convenor of this Committee. The Sports Authority of India will be the Invitee Members of this Committee. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League Trophy Unveiled in New Delhi

New Delhi, 13 January 2013: The Hero Hockey India League Trophy was today unveiled by Managing Director and CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal and Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra at The Lalit in New Delhi.

Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy

Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy

On this occasion, Mr. Pawan Munjal announced the ‘Hero Player of the Tournament’ award of Rs. 25 lakh, which will be given to the best player of the Hero Hockey India League.

Dr Narinder Batra announced that the ‘Upcoming Player of the Tournament‘ will receive Gurdeep (Ponty) Singh Chaddha Award of Rs 20 Lakh.

There will also be a Fair Play Award.

In every match, the best goal scorer will receive “Hero Goal of the Match Award” of Rs 25,000.

The local franchise will be giving “The Man of the Match Award” and the winner will get Rs. 25,000. Continue reading →