Sahara to Sponsor Indian Hockey for 5 Years by Paying Rs-50 Crore

Giving a major boost to the national game ahead all-important the Olympic Qualifiers, Sahara India Pariwar  has signed a new five-year sponsorship deal with Hockey India, continue its association with hockey since 2003. The Sahara India Parviwar would sponsor the men’s and women’s national teams as well as junior ones for for next five years. According to sources, Sahara India would be paying Rs 50 Crore for the next five year as per deal, which is 170 per cent higher than the previous deal.

Indian-Women's-Team-in-Argentina-12“It’s our national game and we are proud to be associated with it and are elated to continue our patronage and support of the game. We will achieve greater laurels and success in the sport of hockey in the coming years and Sahara India Pariwar is committed to the development of the sport at all levels,” Sahara shri Subrata Roy said after signing the deal with Hockey India.

The corporate giant, also mentioned that apart from the sponsorship money, they would continue to help players in different ways as they have done in past. In addition to being sponsor to the Indian Hockey Team, they hosted Indian hockey team in Lucknow for Champion’s Trophy – 2003 coaching camp and the organization arranged for the boarding, lodging, practice camps and traveling of the entire Indian Hockey Team. Sahara India also organised a physical conditioning camp for the whole contingent in Germany as a part of the Hockey World Cup.

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WSH World XI to take on WSH India XI in World Series Hockey Exhibition Match

The epochal and path-breaking World Series Hockey is putting on a special exhibition match on December 20 at the Sector-42 Stadium in Chandigarh. This showcase is aimed at giving fans a taste of the action that they can expect to see when WSH begins on 29th February, 2012.The two teams playing this match will be WSH World XI and WSH India XI.

WSH-India-XI-Vs-WSH-World-XIThe match will start at 6 pm and the stadium gates will be opened at 4 pm. Entry for the game is free on a first come first serve basis.

The WSH World XI will comprise of all the star players from abroad who have signed on for the tournament and will be coached by Andrew Meredith and Jose Brasa. Leading the pack will be Olympic Gold Medalist Brent Livermore along with Zeeshan Ashraf, Jiwa Mohan, Chris Seddon and many more as they scorch the field for the WSH World XI team with their stunning pace and technique.  Brent Livermore said, “I’m really excited to captain the WSH World XI at the Exhibition Match. It will be an absolute treat for the spectators in Chandigarhand will be a fitting finale to the rigorous preparatory camps.” Continue reading →

Captain and Coaches for 8 WSH Teams Announced

World’s leading coach Roelant Oltmans will train the Delhi team while India’s top midfielder Sardara Singh has been appointed captain of Bhopal in World Series Hockey. Olympian Gold Medalist Brent Livermore will lead Chennai while former India captain Jude Felix will coach the Bengaluru team.

The appointments were made at a franchise workshop held today. The players for the eight teams will be finalized on Monday, November 28, based on the globally approved “Draft” system.

Jude Felix

Jude Felix to Coach karnataka Lions

The allocation of captains and coaches are as follows:
1. Bengaluru –Karnataka Lions: Lead by Arjun Halappa Coached by Jude Felix
2. Bhopal: Lead by Sardar Singh, Coached by V Bhaskaran
3. Chandigarh: Lead by Rehan Butt Coached by Harendra Singh
4. Chennai – Chennai Cheetahs: Lead by Brent Livermore Coached by Jose Brasa
5. Delhi: Lead by Lucas Vila Coached by Roelant Oltmans
6. Mumbai: Lead by Adrian D’Souza Coached by Andrew Meredith
7. Pune –Pune Strykers: Lead by Rodrigo Garza Coached by Gundeep Singh
8. Punjab: Lead by Prabhjot Singh Coached by Rajinder Singh

The Captains of WSH Teams

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What fans feel of Adrian and Prabhjot’s exclusion

I had been following the issue of non-inclusion of in-form players Adrian and Prabhjot, (cause they participated in a press conference by leaving camp without permission) but the same fellows with many more were later given permission to attend a felicitation function by Suchirindia, was the camp not important at this time, though it was much closer to Asian Champions Trophy to be held in September in Ordos, China? So what was the reason behind the exclusion? I believe its HI (Hockey India), why not HI-IHF Joint Executive Board? As per decision and press releases it was said they (HI-IHF) will work together and will form Joint Executive Board within a week, but no news of Joint Executive Board till now, are they afraid of FIH warning? There are so many questions to be answered, but the Google baba is also helpless in this sense :P. Ok, forget the questions, let me ask you a favor, please join our players, follow them, stand by them when they need us whether its a match against Kookaburras or Pakistan or such in-justice as Esma has requested all of us.

Esma had written our facebook page “Hockey Fans Club“:
When see saw a reply to “Are you satisfied with the team selected for Asian Champions Trophy (both men and women)?” at another facebook page saying “prabjoth has become lazy but adrain is active…miss adrian:(” Continue reading →

World Series Hockey by Nimbus sports

Adrian D'souza, will be leading a team at WSH

World Series Hockey” by Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Nimbus Sport has announced the captains and dates for the first edition of the annual hockey league having 61 matches to be played between 15th December, 2011 to 22nd January, 2012. Teams are from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Punjab have confirm. The list of 8 Captains was announced which has 4 Indians (Sardar Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D’Souza, Prabhjot Singh) and 4 Internationals – Brent Livermore (Australia), Rodrigo Garza (Spain), Rehan Butt (Pakistan) & Lucas Vila (Argentina).

The objective of the League is to reinvigorate hockey in India and to make hockey the ‘sport of choice’ for young Indians. Further it aims at creating a milieu for hockey, which can sustain itself financially and provides financial incentive and security to current and future hockey players. Most importantly, it will showcase Indian hockey to the world. An annual event, the League entails participation of upto 10 teams in its first year, using a city based model. The entire event will take place on ‘home and away’ basis culminating into multi header Playoffs.  Each match of the league will be produced and broadcast LIVE on multiple media platforms including Television.