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Hockey Indian General Secretary Narinder Batra said “If any player skips the national camp, we will be left with no option but to induct juniors for the Olympic qualifiers. It is for the players to make the choice, We cannot stop the players from playing wherever they want to. They all know that they would be playing in an event not sanctioned by the FIH and it is for them to decide what is in their best interests. It is not that we are announcing the dates of the national camp now, we had submitted our programme months in advance to the sports ministry for approval. The tentative date given for the camp to start was between December 11-15.”

“We know that the players will be at a loss if they do not play in the WSH. We are, in fact, in touch with some corporates to announce cash rewards for players of the team if it qualifies for the Olympics. That can happen only if they play and qualify for the London Olympics.” He added.

Something must read:
WSH: Nobbs need to tread a middle path –K. Arumugam

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Baljit Singh, during a national camp in Banglore (2011)

Ok Batra ji, agreed that Hockey India are planning to give cash rewards for the players of the team if it qualifies for the Olympics, but what about this “That can happen only if they play and qualify for the London Olympics”. What happens should they not qualify for the Olympics? What then? Are they not entitled to anything? So basically its the story of hanging the carrot and making one jump and not the story of one where you build steps so you do not have to jump to get the carrot. The built up stairs make sure you get there. Continue reading →

Dhanraj Pillay and Viren Rasquinha to Make Comeback with WSH

Former Indian captain Dhanraj Pillai is set to scorch the hockey turf with his lightning speed and magical moves during World Series Hockey (WSH). The mercurial striker has been signed to play in the prestigious League that is scheduled to begin from December 17. Inspired from the comeback of Hockey Wizard Dhanraj Pillay, another Arjuna awardee former India captain, Viren Rasquinha, has announced his comeback to play in the inaugural edition of World Series Hockey.

Dhanraj Pillay sharing a light moment with the captains of WSH teams at the launch of league (source: WSH Facebook Fan Page)

Dhanraj Pillay, a well known face of Indian Hockey, has been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1999, the country’s highest sporting honour, has mesmerized the hockey world with his dazzling ball control and stickwork and has the distinction of donning India colours at four Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004) and four World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002), said, “It is a fantastic feeling to be back in action with the global hockey superstars. I have always maintained that the hockey players need to be better looked after and I am proud to be associated with WSH. The league will provide the young Indian players with an ideal platform to showcase their talent on a global stage. I have been undergoing intensive training to compete with the best in the world. Continue reading →

World Series Hockey Organizing Team

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith (source: WSH)

World Series Hockey Organizing Team include big names not only in hockey such as former coaches/players/captains of India, administrators Dennis Meredith (member of the FIH panel of Tournament Directors) as Technical Director and Peter Von Reth (former Chairman of FIH Umpiring Committee) as sports technical manager but also veteran in sports management industry Preeti Pariat Mehta (Event Director of 2010 Hockey World Cup) as Event Director.

Technical Committee Members of World Series Hockey:

Dennis Meredith: Technical Director of WSH, has been responsible for multiple Olympic Games, Hockey World Cups, Champion Trophies, Commonwealth Games and Champions Challenges during his tenure with the FIH.
Joaquim Carvolho: Arjuna Award winning former coach and player of India
Ashish Ballal: Former Captain and recognized as one of the best goalkeepers of India
Dr MP Ganesh: Arjuna Award winning Former Coach and Captain of India
Peter Von Reth: Former Chairman of the FIH Umpiring Committee, has worked on multiple Olympic Games and Hockey World Cups as Umpire and Umpire Manager
Shahbaz Ahmed: World Cup winning captain of Pakistan, recognized as one of the best forwards in the history of the game
Zafar Iqbal: Olympic Gold Medalist and former Captain, has also served as the Chief National Coach for India

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Ashish Ballal giving to tips his wards players during KSHA Super League 2011

And Event Director:

Preeti Pariat Mehta: over 23 years of vast experience in organizing global events across multiple sports like Cricket, Hockey, Golf, Polo, Aquatics, Billiards and Adventure Sports, has signed on with World Series Hockey as Event Director. Her notable assignments are ICC Cricket World Cups in 2011 & 2007, Champions League T20 in 2011 & 2009, ICC Champions Trophy in 2006, India Open Golf and the World Billiards Championships, apart from the 2010 Hockey World Cup in India. Continue reading →

Know the Coaches for World Series Hockey

Recently World Series Hockey had announced the coaches for 8 teams, which best in the business. The group of coaches is headed by the world’s most successful hockey coach Roelant Oltmans (Holland) and it includes, four former India coaches, Harendra Singh, Rajinder Singh, Vasudevan Baskaran, Spaniard Jose Brasa , former India captain Jude Felix, recent India assistant coach Gundeep Singh and eminent foreign coach Andrew Meredith (Germany). The coaches have been selected from a list of highly talented professionals primarily based on their experience with international teams and their exposure to the sub continent conditions. Infact, they will play a key role in terms of advising the Franchisee during the all critical ‘draft process’ of player selection. Their brief profiles are as following:

Roelant Oltmans: Highly respected in international hockey, Oltmans has been involved with hockey for over two decades. During this period he has coached the Dutch men’s and women’s teams to World Cup titles and guided the men’s team to Olympic glory. Oltimans, who also coached the Pakistan team for a year, began his hockey career as a player with Pinoke Hockey Club in Amsterdam before concentrating on coaching. A member of the Orange All Stars, Oltmans was also involved in football, as a technical director of NAC Breda Football Club.

Jose Brasa

Jose Brasa photo:stick2hockey.com

Jose Brasa: A good-humoured coach, Brasa was the chief coach of the Indian team in 2009 and within a year, brought changes to the game that were totally unprecedented. Under his guidance India won a medal for the first time at the Commonwealth Games and also won a bronze medal at the Asian Games; both achievements coming in 2010. Known as the architect of Spanish hockey, Brasa was involved with the Spanish Federation for almost two decades, taking care of technical matters; he coached the Spanish women’s team from 1984 to 1997 and won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Harendra Singh (Chief Coach, Indian National Men's Hockey Team)

Harendra Singh

Harendra Singh: A recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati Award by the Maharashtra government in 1990, Harendra has served Indian hockey in various coaching capacities for over a decade. Harendra’s first stint as a coach was in 1998, and since then has been involved with the team as a chief, national or an assistant coach. Guiding the junior team to a fourth-place finish in the 2005 Junior World Cup was one of his best achievements. The side narrowly missed out on a medal finish and several players from that team went on to represent the senior team. Continue reading →

A plea: Don’t deprive us of Hockey

I was hopeful when Joint Executive Board (JEB) of HI and IHF was announced. And I wished that mechanism will work which will be helpful in the uplifting of Indian Hockey and Hockey in general through WSH and other tournaments being hosted in India in next four years. Though I was little apprehensive about HI and IHF, whether they will keep their words and leave aside their egos. But, after the statement of FIH (appended below in the article) regarding the governance of Hockey in India and Indian Olympic Association(IOA)’s objection (read here) on JEB, it seems that the decision taken by MYAS (GoI), HI and IHF is not good enough. Until, IHF and HI move forward from current deal signed by them and amend it in such a way that it follows the Olympic Charter and fulfill the criteria of FIH, and the option is the full merger of HI and IHF. I hope they (HI-IHF) understand the need of hour, will do needful as soon as possible. And if you (HI-IHF) do not understand the need of hour, listen to the fans, don’t deprive us of Hockey because of you and your big egos, we want to see the international matches/tournaments in India/on television, we want to cheer for team India in Champions Trophy and Olympic Qualifiers, we want to cheer our teams (whether Bangalore or Delhi or Manipur doesn’t matter) in WSH. So when we will see a governing body for Hockey in India which acceptable to all, not in terms of egos but in terms criteria and most importantly works for Hockey not for FIH or IOA.

Practice Match Team India 2011

Practice Match at National Camp of Team India at MEG Bangalore, we want to cheer for them in MDC National Stadium

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Is it time for Hockey?

Is it time for Hockey? (July 24, 2011) by Jashanpreet Singh Gill

3 Million $ prize, 178 Players, 40 foreign players from around 10 countries, a club structure. What does it sound like? Football, wait I am talking about India, then it must be Cricket. No its not Football neither it is cricket, it is the national game of India, one in which it has won a record 8 Olympic Gold Medals, yes it is Hockey.

world series hockeyThe WSH-World Series Hockey after a long silence after its initial announcement in December last year is set to played in Dec and Jan this year. The Nimbus had a launch program in Mumbai recently and where it also declared to have reached an understanding with FIH and the participating players would be safe as opposed to threat of bans earlier. The sport minister is also trying hard to have an HI-IHF merger and if it goes through then things will start to go in hockey’s favor after a long time.

The WSH is set to have 8 Franchise based on IPL model. 6 teams location have been declared as metros-Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai and the 6th one is the Hockey powerhouse of India- Punjab (With Chandigarh, Jullundur & Amritsar as 3 locations). The rest 2 locations have to be decided from a shortlisted location of the left out metro-Kolkata, hockey’s second power location- Rourkela & cities and towns like Pune, Kanpur etc) Continue reading →