Hockey India

  • Hockey India not to send official as IOA delegate to Asian Games September 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra on Wednesday said that Hockey India will not send any of their officials as a delegate at the expense of Indian Olympic Association at the Asian Games even while he slammed the sports ministry for "interference" on the issue. "We have been asked...
  • Is the Hockey India League losing its financial viability? September 15, 2014

    Two hasty announcements have followed the pullout of Ranchi Rhinos from the Hockey India League (HIL) last week. The quick introduction of Pune and the change in ownership of Mumbai, all in a matter of 24 hours by Hockey India following Ranchi's pullout, wear the look of damage control for...
  • New owners take over Hockey India League's Mumbai franchise September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a boost to the troubled Hockey India League, their Mumbai franchise, which was abandoned by the Dabur group recently, has now been taken up by DoIT Sports Management, making it the sixth team in the event to be held in JanuaryFebruary. "Hockey India League today announced that the...
  • Hockey India League unveils Pune franchise September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The third edition of Hockey India League (HIL) early next year will see the addition of the Pune franchise which was bought by Deccan Water Treatment Pvt. Ltd. owner Anibran Sarkar on Friday. "We welcome Deccan Water Treatment as the new franchise for next season's HIL. These are exciting...
  • India begin preparation for Sultan of Johor Cup title defence September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament in Malaysia, a preparatory camp for the India junior men's core probables will commence on Saturday at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here. The Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Bahru is scheduled to be held from October...
  • Hockey India League franchise Ranchi Rhinos quits September 11, 2014

    In a move that will shake the roots of promising Hockey India League (HIL), it's franchise Ranchi Rhinos has decided to quit and will no longer be functional. Rhinos, who had a fabulous track record in two seasons of HIL, haven't yet made reasons of their decision official but a team...
  • Hockey India slams Govt for cutting down on support staff September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India on Wednesday described the government's decision to exclude their four key support staff, including a coach, from the Asian Gamesbound contingent as "distraction", leaving their High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans in a state of "shock". India's national game also had to face the brunt of the government's...
  • Manpreet Singh adjudged Asian Hockey Federation Junior Men's Player of the Year September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian midfielder Manpreet Singh was named the Junior Men's Player of the Year by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) at its Congress held in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The 22yearold has played 103 international matches and captained India in the 2013 Junior World Cup. He also led his side...
  • Hockey India Secretary General hits back at SAI Director General August 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra hit back at Sports Authority of India's Director General Jiji Thomson, accusing the top SAI official of "telling lies" and misguiding the media as far as conducting camps were concerned. HI High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans had recently written a letter to Sports...
  • Roelant Oltmans to conduct clinic for hockey coaches August 26, 2014

    New Delhi: To keep coaches uptodate and in line with the latest information and developments in international hockey, the Indian team's high performance director, Roelant Oltmans, will conduct a oneday high performance coaching clinic with around 30 coaches at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex in Rohtak on Aug 27. The clinic will...
  • Oltmans writes to SAI on 'dangerous' condition of turfs at NIS August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Barely a month left for the Asian Games, Hockey India High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans has written to the Sports Authority of India about the artificial turfs at NIS Patiala being in a "dangerous" condition and will effect the preparation of the women's team for the mega event...
  • 'Shame on you Kapil Dev,' an irate Hockey India lays into the legend August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Disgruntled Hockey India (HI) secretary general, Narinder Batra, on Wednesday launched a tirade against cricket legend and head of the Arjuna Awards selection committee Kapil Dev, calling him an opportunist. Batra said the World Cupwinning captain settled an old score with him by ignoring seven hockey players for...
  • Narinder Batra files RTI against top officials of SAI, Sports Ministry August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: After a national hockey camp was not cleared by the government, Hockey India's secretary general Narinder Batra on Tuesday filed an RTI against Ajit Sharan, secretary, ministry of sports, and SAI director general Jiji Thomson. The national junior women's hockey camp that was slated to start in Bhopal today...
  • Hockey India feels cheated by Arjuna Awards selection committee August 14, 2014

    Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday blasted the Kapil Devled Arjuna Awards selection committee after none of the seven players it had recommended were chosen for the prestigious award. The seven players were Joydeep Kaur and Ritu Rani from the women's team; Dharamvir Singh, V.R. Raghunath, Tushar Khandker, Bharat Chetri and Shivendra...
  • High performance programme of Hockey India set to start next month July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The ambitious High Performance Programme of Hockey India (HI) is all set to go live from next month with the launch of its website, a one of a kind interactive platform for coaches and players of the country. The website will be launched in threephased manner with the basic...
  • Chandi returns to India's Sardarled CWG men's hockey squad July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India may have finished a poor ninth at the World Cup, but Hockey India continued to repose faith in Sardar Singh, retaining him as captain of the national men's team for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will be the vicecaptain of the 16member squad at the July...
  • Hockey India to review India's shoddy World Cup show June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India on Wednesday constituted a strong 11member committee to evaluate India's pathetic performance in the ongoing World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands. India finished fifth in the sixteam preliminary Group A, winning just one match and drawing one from their five outings. The fifthplace finish meant India will...
  • Hockey India relegates Kerala to associate member May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) has relegated Hockey Kerala to an associate member from full member status because of alleged irregularities in its functioning. The decision was taken by HI's disciplinary committee in a meeting here on Wednesday where they discussed the issue of governance and operations in Hockey Kerala. According to...
  • Supreme Court notice to Sports Ministry on IHF's writ petition May 20, 2014

    Acting on a writ petition filed by the Indian Hockey Federation, the Supreme Court of India has issued a notice to the Sports Ministry seeking its reply as to why a stay order should not be put on its decision to grant National Sports Federation (NSF) status to Hockey India. According...
  • Hockey is a poor man's game, says Balbir Singh Sr May 15, 2014

    Chandigarh: Legendary hockey player and chief coach of India's 1975 World Cup winning team, Balbir Singh Sr, said Hockey India's felicitation of the squad which brought home the trophy 39 years ago has come too late in the day. The iconic centre forward, who won gold medals at the 1948 (London),...
  • Hockey India realises mistake, to honour late World Cup winning trio May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: In a case of belated realisation of its goofup, Hockey India has decided to honour late Surjit Singh, Shivaji Pawar and Mohinder Singh along with the rest of the 1975 World Cup winning squad at a felicitation ceremony on Wednesday. In a lastminute move, HI has invited families of...
  • Hockey India recommends four players for Arjuna Award May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Ace dragflicker V R Raghunath, striker Dharamvir Singh, Tushar Khandekar and former skipper Bharat Chetri were on Thursday recommended by Hockey India for the prestigious Arjuna Award this year. HI on Thursday announced the names of players and coaches recommended for the National Sports Awards 2014 which includes the...
  • Hockey India to felicitate the living legends of 1975 WC winning team May 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Continuing with its initiative of recognising the efforts of players who have brought laurels to the country, Hockey India (HI) will felicitate the greats, who won the only World Cup for India in the year 1975 at Kuala Lumpur, on May 14. Besides felicitating the players, HI will also...
  • Bilateral hockey series with Pakistan unlikely this year April 8, 2014

    Pakistan might be keen to revive the bilateral hockey series against India this year but Hockey India is not too optimistic about a 2014 date and feels 2015 would be ideal to renew the event between the two neighbouring nations. Top officials of Pakistan Hockey Federation had recently announced separate schedules...
  • New FIH rules to be introduced in India from June 1 March 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The new hockey rules announced by the international sport governing body, FIH, will be introduced in India for its domestic competition from June 1 this year, Hockey India (HI) said on Saturday. HI implemented the new FIH tournament rules featuring four quarters of 15 minutes, in all domestic tournaments...
  • Indian hockey may pull out of CWG 2014 after player denied accreditation March 22, 2014

    New Delhi: A miffed Hockey India on Saturday asked the Indian Olympic Association to withdraw the men's hockey team from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after it came to light that full-back Harbir Singh Sandhu has been denied accreditation by the organisers of the 2014 CWG. Harbir, whose name featured in the...
  • Hockey to become 60-minute game from September 1 March 20, 2014

    Lausanne: The international hockey federation (FIH) on Thursday introduced major changes to the structure of the sport including reducing the 70-minute game to 60 minutes comprising four 15-minute quarters instead of two 35-minute halves. The changes will come into effect from September 1. After the first and third quarters there will...
  • Hockey India bans 21 players on disciplinary grounds March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Thursday slapped bans ranging from three to six months on 21 players for breaching the code of conduct and bringing disrepute to the sport. Besides imposing the bans on the players, the HI disciplinary committee also banned North Central Railways women's team manager Pushpa Srivastava...
  • Rajasthan register first win in national hockey March 9, 2014

    Rajasthan beat Gujarat 3-2 in a Group A clash to record their first win in the fourth Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 being played at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday. Both teams gave a tough fight to each other in the first half and...
  • Hockey India gets govt recognition as the game's sole body of governance March 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India's (HI) bid to be the sole body of governance for the national sport in the country has got a shot in the arm after the Government of India recently accorded it the status of a National Sports Federation (NSF). Hockey India, which was derecognised by the Union...