Its India vs Pakistan in Summit Clash of Asian Champions Trophy, Doha 2012

The final of day league stage of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy 2012 at Doha turned out to be exciting one as results of all three matches were important in deciding the 2nd finalists after India had already qualified for it.

Shakeel Abbasi

File Photo: Shakeel Abbasi (Photo by: Deepthi Indukuri)

In the first match China defeated Oman (6-1) to register their 3rd victory in the tournament to take themselves on 2nd place in points temporarily. Then Pakistan defeated (5-2) Japan after seesawing first half which ended up on equal terms (2-2) and climbed to second place in the table.

Pakistan had taken early lead through Muhammad Waqas in 1st min and Japan replied with two penalty corner goals in 8th and 23rd minute through Heita Yoshihara and Toshiro Tachibana respectively to bring out smiles on the faces of Malaysian fans. But evergreen Shakeel Abbasi scored equalizer for the green shirts a minute before the half time hooter. Continue reading →

Doha Asian Champions Trophy 2012: Schedule / Results

Doha Asian Champions Trophy 2012 LogoThe Schedule and Results
of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy 2012

Venue: Hockey Stadium, Al Rayyan Stadium,
Doha, Qatar
(20-27 Dec, 2012)

Participating teams: China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan

For live text commentary of the matches please visit

Final Standing: 1. Pakistan, 2. India, 3. Malaysia, 4. China, 5. Oman, 6. Japan

The Schedule and Results :
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Maken Releases Book “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey”, Penned by K Arumugam

Ajay Maken Releases Book "Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey"

Ajay Maken Releases Book "Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey"

K Arumugam (an IIT graduate, a hockey historian,  school children read his writing in a chapter on hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand in CBSE books, the editor and owner of, author many books on hockey, the visionary of One Thousand Hockey Legs program, detailed profile here) has penned down the vast history of Indian women’s hockey with the profiles of more than 200 players in a book entitled “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey“. The book, first in Asia on women hockey, also provides rare vintage images and rare data on which presently no reliable literature is available. Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken released the book “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey” in a simple ceremony in Delhi.

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Press Release (Press Information Bureau, Government of India):
Ajay Maken Releases Book on Women’s Hockey

Shri Ajay Maken, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, today released a book titled “Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey” authored by hockey historian and chronicle Shri. K. Arumugam in a simple ceremony. Continue reading →

2011 Men’s Champions Trophy no longer in India

As K Arumugam of says India pays for its collective sin of Hockey India (HI), Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and all people involved with hockey, with the announcement of by FIH to shift out 2011 Men’s Champions Trophy. More such difficult decision are pending from FIH (may include shifting out of Olympic Qualifiers), if the situation/confusion over Indian Hockey governance does not improve. FIH will have to take away the gifts back from India, hence depriving we hockey fans and players of Hockey.


FIH Logo

Hockey administration in India needs to wake up, though its too late, but better than never. But the question remains same “who is administrating hockey in India?” Is it FIH, who backs HI, or court who approves IHF or Ministry who wants HI-IHF Joint Executive Board? This confusion needs to resolved as soon as possible, it can be decided whether the governing body is working for the development of the National Game of India.

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Joint Executive Board of HI & IHF = National Sports Federation for Hockey

As per a 25-July, 2011 press release from Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, “In a significant way forward, Indian Hockey Federation (I.H.F) & Hockey India (H.I) today came together to sign an agreement leading upto formation of a joint executive board which shall perform the function of the National Sports Federation for Hockey. ”

Indian Hockey Federation

Indian Hockey Federation

Is it a really way forward, may not be, as K Arumugam of writes the facts which may have been ignored by most of columnists, “Whether we add medals to our kitty or not, whether we add quality players to our national team or not, we are adept at adding organizations. Indian Hockey Confederation (2000), IHF since long, to Ad-Hoc committee (2008) to Hockey India (2009) and then now (2011) now a neo-avtar, Joint Executive Board (JEB). ” (read the full article here)

But, as every other Indian Hockey follower, I am also very happy to see the progress and hopeful that the day, when IHF is back in the thick of action of Indian Hockey, will be the turning point for Indian Hockey. I have written down salient points of the deal between IHF and HI as published by Indian Express and are given below in the current article. I am also helpful that the deal will help in the smooth organization of the first edition of World Series Hockey, an annual hockey league by IHF and Nimbus Sport, which will be another mile stone for Indian Hockey. Continue reading →

First Bharat Ratna should go to Dhyan Chand

I completely agree with Author K Arumugam who is a hockey historian, his article on Dhyan Chand was in the XI standard English Text book (CBSE syllabus) for many years (2002-2008). And request to read through learn more about the legendary Hockey Wizard Major Dhyan Chand who deserves Bharat Ratna before any other sports person in India.

First Bharat Ratna should go to Dhyan Chand : K Arumugam (

K Arumugam

K Arumugam

The time for sports lovers at large including cricket fans, has come. There have been voices — which count in India — as to cricket genius Sachin Tendulkar should be honoured with the top most civilian award Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India).

No sportsperson in India have ever been bestowed with this honour. This is in itself bad considering some unworthy individuals from other walks of life have got it. That is a different matter though. more on ….

On Hockey Fans Club (Our Facebook fan page), Ravi Teja Mandapaka had posted, “Seems after the Victory at the Cricket World Cup, the nation has gone mad which happens after such great achievements. A Bharat Ratna for Sachin is on the cards, but A” Posthumous Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand Sir ” is never too late to pay homage to one of the finest sports person to have born on the Indian Soil……..!