Chandigarh Comets take on Bhopal Badshahs in inaugural Bridgestone WSH

The big day has arrived and the inaugural match of the 2012 Bridgestone World Series Hockey (WSH) between Chandigarh Comets and Bhopal Badshahs, will usher a new era in Indian hockey. At every major league, an athlete or team emerges to define the tournament, and both the Comets and Badshahs players are eyeing to steal the limelight in the historic opener. 

bridgestone world series hockey wsh logo

Bridgestone World Series Hockey Logo

Dazzling Performances by Mika, Neha Dhupia, and other Bollywood Stars

The Sector-42 Stadium is set to stage a spectacular Opening Ceremony, which will begin at 7pm. The Grand Opening will feature superstar Saif Ali Khan. The power packed line up of performers include singing sensation Mika, super performer Neha Dhupia, ‘Rockstar’ singer Harshdeep Kaur, and many others.

Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan said “I look forward to being a part of the opening ceremony of World Series Hockey. The association of Agent Vinod with this action-packed event was more of an emotional reason as my grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, represented India in hockey. Our national sport has been ignored for a while and an initiative like this will ensure the sport is given its due attention and will resonate well with the youth of India.”

Over the next 34 days beginning from February 29, we will see 200 hockey players from across the world, sweat it out in 59 matches, shown live in more than 30 countries, to clinch the biggest purse in a hockey tournament and the glistening trophy. Continue reading →

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.

The list of probables is as following: Continue reading →

Grand Opening of WSH to feature Saif Ali Khan

Dazzling Performances by Mika, Neha Dhupia, and other Bollywood Stars

Wizcraft Entertainment, India’s leading Communication and Entertainment Company has been appointed to conceptualize and produce a spectacular Opening Ceremony for the Bridgestone World Series Hockey in Chandigarh on February 29. Wizcraft is well-known for organizing some of the finest opening ceremonies of mega sports events like the 2011 World Cup, IPL and 2010 Commonwealth Games, and is now set to dazzle the audience at the biggest hockey championship in the world.

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

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

The Grand Opening will feature superstar Saif Ali Khan. The power packed line up of performers include singing sensation Mika, super performer Neha Dhupia, ‘Rockstar’ singer Harshdeep Kaur, and many others.

Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan said “I look forward to being a part of the opening ceremony of World Series Hockey. The association of Agent Vinod with this action-packed event was more of an emotional reason as my grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, represented India in hockey. Our national sport has been ignored for a while and an initiative like this will ensure the sport is given its due attention and will resonate well with the youth of India.” Continue reading →

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.”