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Hockey India has announced daily complimentary tickets for former Hockey Olympians and International Players to witness the Qualifiers. HI has requested Ajitpal Singh (Chairman Hockey India coaching and development committee, +91 9818399788 / firstname.lastname@example.org) to coordinate with the former Olympians and International players on this.
Live on Ten Sports in India
All the matches of India and Finals will be telecasted live on Tensports in India.
In men’s category apart from hosts India (FIH Rank:10), 5 other teams Canada (11), France (18), Poland (19), Italy (28) and Singapore (41) are in contest for the lone place for London 2012 available from the first of the qualifying tournament. One of the 6 women’s team South Africa (12), India (13), Italy (19), Canada (20), Ukraine (26) and Poland (28) will qualify for London Olympics.
Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park (London 2012) will have different looks than usual green colored astro turf. For the first time, the Olympic Hockey competitions will be held on blue pitches. Main pitch will stage all of the 76 matches (24 teams) which will be played from 29 July to 11 August. For tickets please visit www.tickets.london2012.com.
Jonty Clarke and Alex Danson on Blue Pitch and their preparation for London 2012 (London Evening Standard)
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions (Image by Populous)
The pink colored outline and blue pitch will blend well with theme of the games. According to GB hockey international player Alex Danson who was involved in color test, it provides a really strong contrast for players against the white ball and white lines and he quickly adapted to the change. This will also be the first Olympic Games since the introduction of the ‘Self Pass‘ rule by FIH to make game even quicker.
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced that the pitches to be used at the Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park will be blue. Over 600,000 spectators will be cheering on as the world’s top Hockey players battle it out on blue pitches for the first time ever at an Olympic Games.