Core group of Olympic probables announced, Halappa and Rajpal are not Considered

Having booked their ticket to London Olympic Games after defeating France by 8-1 in the final of Hero FIH Road to London, (Olympic Qualifier at Delhi), Hockey India has announced a series of Coaching Camps for the Men Probables at SAI Centre Bangalore from 05 March 2012. Indian men’s team will be playing a number of tournaments before kicking off their campgain at the Olympic Games at London from 27 July – 12 August 2012. India has received invitations for two 4 Nations Tournaments at Lahore, Pakistan and Santandar, Spain besides the Olympic Test Events at London and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan Unveiling the Bridgestone WSH Trophy

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan

Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali alongwith the Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey besides Chief Coach Michael Nobbs held a Selection Meeting to decide on the Core Group of Probables for future camps. They unanimously selected the 48 probables who would be in consideration for the team that would play in the Olympic Games.

The big names like former captains and seasoned players, Arjun Halappa and Rajpal Singh, are missing from the list of probables. Earlier Rajpal Singh was not selected for on the basis of fitness while Arjun Halappa considered good enough for standbys for Olympic Qualifiers Squad. The omission of both the players from scheme of things has came as big shock for hockey fraternity in the country. But this is usual in Indian hockey, players have been left out without any major/minor issue with their onfield performance including Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D’souza, Rajpal Singh and Deepak Thakur to name a few in recent past.

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Bollywood Brigade joins Bridgestone World Series Hockey

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre company, has come on board as the ‘Title Sponsor’ of World Series Hockey (WSH), the biggest-ever hockey league in the world. And Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan became the latest celebrity fan of Bridgestone World Series Hockey as he unveiled the dazzling trophy at a glittering function held today in Mumbai.

The versatile actor spoke passionately about hockey being a family heirloom, starting with his grandfather, the Senior Nawab of Patuadi, Iftikar Ali Khan Patuadi who played for India. Saif confirmed his participation at the opening ceremony of the Bridgestone WSH in Chandigarh on February 29.

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan Unveiling the Bridgestone WSH Trophy

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan Unveiling the Bridgestone WSH Trophy

 Bollywood has come out in full support of the inaugural path breaking Bridgestone WSH. Action star and sports enthusiast Suniel Shetty is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ for the league. ‘Anna’ (Suniel Shetty) said, “The Bridgestone WSH is an idea whose time has come. I’m proud to be supporting our national game and I’m sure the Bridgestone WSH will help hockey regain its pride.”

Bridgestone World Series Hockey will be a star studded event and many more celebrities will be a part of this league.

H. Tanigawa, Managing Director, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd, said, “We are thrilled with our association with World Series Hockey. This is a revolutionary concept and we want to be a catalyst in promoting India’s national game amongst millions of passionate fans.” He further added, “Bridgestone has been actively associated with various marquee sporting events and joining hands with World Series Hockey is a natural extension of our marketing philosophy. We look forward to a long term win-win association”

Nimbus Sport COO Yannick Colaco said, “We are delighted to welcome Bridgestone as the title sponsor for the inaugural World Series Hockey. The Bridgestone World Series Hockey is all set to wow the hockey enthusiasts around the world with unmatched skill and excitement. It is indeed a landmark moment to have a reputed international brand like Bridgestone begin its association with Hockey through WSH.”

Sketches (Caricatures) of Hockey Players

Here we present you some sketches (caricatures) of hockey players, sketched by Mr Naseeb Singh of Hanumangarh(Rajasthan). We thank him for his gesture towards hockey players and allowing us to use his work on our website.
We have included Sachin Tendulkar’s sketch as a surprising element for all of his fans 🙂

India thrashed China 5-0 in Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s)

The young Indian hockey (men’s) team got off with a thrashing China (5-0) in their first match in Asian Champions Trophy. India led 2-0 (Gurwinder Singh Chandi (5th) and Yuvraj Walmiki (21st) ) in first half and Rupinder Pal Singh (41st), Rajpal Singh (43rd) and V Raghunath (62nd) scored for India in second half taking the tally to 5-0. According to news; China were defensive and looked handicapped in the absence of their best four players, though India are in similar position, India took the advantage of defensive move of China. Rupinder Pal Singh was good in defence but Rajpal and Sarvanjit Singh missed a chance in the 15th Minute.

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh

Rupinder Pal Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Manjit Kullu, Harpreet Singh

ik khas mulakaat (a tryst) with Indian hockey captain Rajpal Singh

Came across an interview of Indian hockey captain Rajpal Signh for Zee punjabi’s interview based show ik khas mulakaat (IKM) whose host is Narinder Pal Singh Jagdeo ( Please note that this interview is in punjabi and all rights are reserved with Zee.

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