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  • India go down fighting to Netherlands in hockey July 30, 2012

    The Indian men's hockey team put up a spirited performance in their opening match of the London Olympics 2012 against Netherlands on Monday, but the Dutch proved to be the better team on the day, prevailing in a tense finish to win the match 32. India were clearly the secondbest team...
  • Olympics: Australia favourites for hockey gold July 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Having scooped up every major title worth possessing in the last couple of years, the Australian men's hockey team may well be kicking themselves if they return from the London Olympics with anything less than the gold. The reigning World Cup, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games and Oceania Cup champions...
  • 'India to play on blue turfs before Olympics' May 10, 2012

    Mumbai: Ace dragflicker Sandeep Singh has said that the Indian hockey team are keen to play more on the blue turf to get adjusted to it ahead of the London Games, as they failed to adapt to the surface during the Olympic hockey test event in London recently. After losing all...
  • The recipe for Indian hockey's Olympics return February 27, 2012

    Forget MS Dhoni's helicopter shots for now, it's Sandeep Singh's dragflick that's creating the entire buzz. Indian hockey has stormed back into the Olympics, the very place that until 1980 was synonymous with success for India, the very place where we won not one or two but eight gold medals...
  • Hockey: Our approach was ruthless, says Nobbs February 27, 2012

    The coach of the Indian hockey team said like all the top teams, they also displayed a clinical and ruthless performance. ...
  • Rs 1 lakh reward announced for hockey players February 27, 2012

    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced a reward of Rs. 100,000 to each member of the Indian hockey team that has booked a place for the 2012 London Olympics. Congratulating the team for its clinical performance in the finals of the Olympic qualifiers on Sunday, Chouhan...
  • Dhanraj Pillay praises Nobbs' contribution February 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Former Indian Olympian Dhanraj Pillay has hailed national hockey coach Michael Nobbs for his contribution after India thrashed France 81 in the final of the Olympic qualifiers on Sunday to book their spot for this year's London Games. "I have no words to describe this victory. Today, I feel very...
  • Players ecstatic after Olympics qualification February 27, 2012

    Sandeep Singh, Bharat Chhetri and others are happy after thrashing France in the final but want to focus on the big goal, the London Games. ...
  • Sandeep Singh: India's blueeyed hockey star February 27, 2012

    Some moments take your breath away; then they stay with you for a lifetime. Sunday, the 26th of February 2012, was one such day. It was Judgement Day for Indian hockey, which had spent the last four years waiting to right its wrongs. Who will step up? Who will become...
  • Hockey Qualifiers: Nobbs confident ahead of final February 26, 2012

    India coach Michael Nobbs said though there is pressure on him, he and his boys are ready for the final battle. ...
  • Indian hockey's French test for Olympics February 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Even before Indias big boys had set off in search of an Olympic return, coach Michael Nobbs brain waves had started mapping his opponents. Singapore proved a far cry, Italy a rookie, Canada talented and Poland hostile. But in Frances case, Nobbs words have proved prophetic. They are...
  • Hockey: Indian women fail to qualify for Olympics February 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian women hockey team's Olympic dream came crashing down on Saturday as they lost the final 31 to a formidable South African (SA) team that will now advance to the London Olympics to be played later this year. India always appeared second best in a match dominated by South...
  • Women's hockey qualifier: Italy finish third February 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Italy narrowly edged out Ukraine 21 to finish third in the women's hockey Olympic qualifier at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here on Saturday. Italy have performed admirably in the tournament. They were one goal away from qualifying for the final, losing to India 01 courtesy a late goal....
  • Discounted tickets for men Oly Qualifiers final February 25, 2012

    New Delhi: In a bid to ensure good turnout at the men's final of the London Olympics hockey Qualifiers here, Hockey India is offering discounted tickets to students, players of various academies and government employees. "Hockey India is pleased to announce special discounted Entry Tickets for students from schools and colleges,...
  • Hockey: History beckons women, redemption men February 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The lift that Indian hockey needs may arrive this weekend in the form of both the men and women teams qualifying for the Olympics. But when the summit is in sight, the last climb is the hardest. That's where India are going to be tested, and tested hard. A...
  • We want to be the best team in the world: Nobbs February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: India coach Michael Nobbs said he wants his team to be the "best in the world in the time to come." Nobbs said his team wants to dominate against all teams each and everytime they take the field. "It is hard to be your best everytime you are in the...
  • Hockey: It's India vs France for Olympic berth February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Unbeaten India dashed Poland's hopes of reaching the final of the Olympic qualifiers with their fifth straight victory to set up a summit clash with France. The hosts beat the Poles 42 in their final league encounter. The match that was played at a breathtaking pace saw endtoend...
  • 'Pressure is off the Indian women's hockey team' February 24, 2012

    Jagbir Singh analyses India's 10 win over Italy in the Olympic qualifiers, which enabled them to enter the finals. ...
  • Hockey: Indian women in Oly qualifying final February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: New Delhi: Indian women beat Italy 10 in a mustwin encounter of the Olympic qualifying tournament for hockey on Friday here to reach the final against South Africa that will be played on Saturday. Ritu Rani's final tap in a goalmouth melee off a penalty corner in the 55th...
  • Hockey: France dash Canada's London dreams February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Canada's dreams of playing in the London Games came to a screeching halt on Friday when France held them to a 11 draw in their mustwin last roundrobin match of the men's hockey Olympic Qualification tournament here. Needing an outright win to stay in the hunt for a place...
  • SA women enter Olympic hockey qualifiers final February 24, 2012

    New Delhi: South Africa continued their unbeaten run with a dominating 41 victory over Canada in their last roundrobin match to seal their place in the finals of the London Olympics women's hockey qualifiers here on Friday. Ukraine also notched up a 10 triumph over Poland and will play for 3rd4th...
  • Jagbir optimistic of India's chances in Olympic qualifiers February 23, 2012

    India's men hockey team is on the brink of the finals and India's former hockey star feels they should play their normal game and they will qualify for London. ...
  • Olympic qualifiers: Crucial Friday for Indians February 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The final league games of the Olympic qualifiers for hockey on Friday hold the key to who plays whom and for what position more precisely, which two teams will clash in the final for the solitary Olympic berth up for grabs. Indian men have been head and shoulders...
  • Hockey: whom will India face in the final? February 23, 2012

    India: After four consecutive wins, 32 goals and 12 points, only a whimsical disaster can deny Indian men's hockey team a place in the final of the Olympic qualifiers and all that's left to be mulled is who could they possibly lay hands on to wash away the nightmare of...
  • Mixed fortunes for India in Olympic qualifiers February 23, 2012

    Former hockey captain Jagbir Singh analyses India's performance on a day when the men beat Canada, while the women went down to South Africa. ...
  • India set for Olympic berth: Jagbir Singh February 22, 2012

    CNNIBN's hockey expert and former Olympian believes that the attacking hockey that India are playing can take them to London Games. ...
  • Need to work on our finishing: Nobbs February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: India hockey coach Michael Nobbs was quite satisfied with his team's 32 victory over Canada in the London Olympics qualifiers but said the his boys need to work more on their finishing. "We played pretty well considering the opposition. Statistically, we penetrated into rival defence about 30 to 40 times...
  • Hockey: India edge Canada to close in on finals February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Sandeep Singh once again turned out to be the hero for India as his double strike earned India a hardfought 32 win over Canada that virtually put the hosts into the final of the Olympic qualifiers here at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Wednesday. India led 10...
  • Hockey: Indian women suffer setback against SA February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian women suffered a demoralising 25 loss against South Africa on Wednesday that sent the visitors through to the final of the Olympic qualifiers here, while turning the hosts' last league encounter against Italy into a virtual semifinal. The partisan crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium expected to...
  • FIH World League to double up as qualifiers February 22, 2012

    New Delhi: The International Hockey Federation (IHF) is set to launch World League that will also be the new qualification process for the World Cup and Olympic Games, with the final of the inaugural season to be played in India. Speaking at a press conference during the Olympic qualifiers being played...