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  • Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh to coach Pakistan hockey team 20 hours 12 minutes ago

    Karachi: In a bid to pull Pakistan out of their recent slump, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has appointed Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh as the senior teams' coach. Pakistan failed to qualify for the World Cup to be held in the Netherlands in June - a humiliating first for the four-time...
  • Hockey: India men lose to Belgium on Europe tour Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Indian senior men's hockey fought hard before going down 1-2 to Belgium to succumb to their first defeat in the ongoing European tour at Naarden in The Netherlands. India had earlier hammered Leiden Hockey Club (Dutch National Club) 7-0 in the first build-up game at Oegstgeest, before...
  • India women defeat Ireland 3-1 in first hockey Test Yesterday

    New Delhi: Indian women's hockey team registered a come-from-behind victory by getting the better of Ireland 3-1 in their first Test match played at Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday. This tour is a preparations for the Champions Challenge 1, scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from April 27 to May...
  • India play 3-3 draw against Dutch club on pre-World Cup tour 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The Indian team put up a tough fight in second build-up game of the Europe Tour as they played out a 3-3 draw against Dutch side HGC Hockey Club at The Netherlands. The tour is in preparation for the FIH Men's World Cup 2014, scheduled to be held...
  • Hockey: India thrash Dutch club 7-0 on pre-World Cup practice tour 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The Indian hockey team began its European Tour on a positive note by hammering Leiden Hockey Club (Dutch National Club) 7-0 in the first build-up game played at Oegstgeest, The Netherlands. This tour is a preparation for the FIH men's World Cup, scheduled to be held at The...
  • Tough for Sandeep Singh to make World Cup cut: Sardar Singh April 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Sardar Singh and Sandeep Singh are best of friends on and off the field but the current Indian captain said it will be a tall order for the out-of-favour drag-flicker to make it to the World Cup-bound squad. Sardar said it was heartening to witness healthy competition for...
  • 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...
  • Indian hockey team set to leave for Europe tour April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Gearing up to present a strong challenge at the upcoming World Cup, the Indian hockey team will head for a tour of Europe on Wednesday to play five build-up games - including two each against World Cup hosts The Netherlands. The team will also play two matches against...
  • India's Hockey World Cup team may be different from Europe tour squad: Walsh April 7, 2014

    India's chief hockey coach Terry Walsh said the team composition for next month's World Cup may not be the same as the squad accompanying him for the preparatory tour to Europe beginning on Wednesday. A 21-member Indian team will take part in the five build-up games in The Hague, Netherlands...
  • Hockey: Gurbaj, Mujtaba return; Sandeep ignored for European tour April 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Experienced Gurbaj Singh and Danish Mujtaba on Friday made a comeback to India's 21-member men's hockey team for this month's preparatory tour to Europe ahead of the FIH World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15. Gurbaj, one of three senior...
  • Self-belief will be key to India's success in Hockey World Cup: Terry Walsh April 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Self belief will be key to India's success in the Hockey World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15, chief coach Terry Walsh said on Thursday. India's chief coach Walsh expressed satisfaction about his wards preparations for the World Cup and...
  • 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...
  • Jude Felix is new coach of senior men Hockey Team: Hockey India March 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India captain Jude Felix has been appointed as coach of the senior men's national hockey team and the Olympian will work under Chief Coach Terry Walsh, Hockey India (HI) said on Wednesday. Felix will join the training camp of the senior men hockey team tomorrow at Major...
  • Can't blame us for hockey player Harbir Singh Sandhu's case, says IOA March 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association on Monday said it would write to 2014 Commonwealth Games organisers and the British High Commission here to furnish the reasons for refusal of accreditation to hockey player Harbir Singh Sandhu but insisted it cannot be blamed for the incident. IOA secretary general Rajiv Mehta...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Targeting top-8 finish in Hockey World Cup, says coach Terry Walsh March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian hockey team's chief coach Terry Walsh feels that a top-eight finish in the FIH World Cup is a "realistic goal" and any improvement beyond that will be a "bonus" for the team. "Our first target is to set realistic goals for the World Cup and it is...
  • 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...
  • Sandeep Singh among 33 probables for 2014 Hockey World Cup March 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and defender Gurbaj Singh were amongst the 33 core probables announced by Hockey India (HI) on Friday for the FIH Hockey World Cup to be held in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31. Both Sandeep and Gurbaj have remained out-of-favour since India's disastrous Olympics outing...
  • Hockey India gets govt recognition as the game's sole body of governance March 3, 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...
  • Hockey India League to have eight teams by 2016 February 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The first two editions of the Hockey India League (HIL) generated a decent response and its chairman Narinder Batra sees the competition expanding from six to eight teams by 2016, a development which will be welcomed by domestic and foreign players alike. Odisha's Kalinga Lancers were the sixth...
  • Hockey Australia name Sultan Azlan Shah Cup squad February 27, 2014

    Melbourne: Hockey Australia (HA) Thursday announced an 18-man squad for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from March 13-23. Three-time Olympian and 2004 Athens Games gold medallist Liam De Young is set to become only the fourth Australian to make 300 appearances for the Kookaburras...
  • India to tour Netherlands to prepare for Hockey World Cup February 24, 2014

    Ranchi: Aiming to prepare in the best possible way for this year's Hockey World Cup, the Indian hockey team will train at the event's host city - The Hague, Netherlands - from April 11 to 19. India had earlier decided to skip the Azlan Shah Cup to be held in...
  • Hockey India League final: Delhi beat Punjab 3-1 in penalty shoot-out to win the title February 23, 2014

    Ranchi: Delhi Waveriders defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the penalty shoot-out to emerge as the champions in the second edition of Hero Hockey India League at the packed Astroturf Hockey Stadium here on Sunday. It came as a befitting result for last year's runners-up Waveriders, who made their second consecutive...
  • HIL: Ranchi Rhinos beat UP Wizards in shoot-out to claim third spot February 23, 2014

    Ranchi: Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards via penalty shoot-out to finish third in the Hero Hockey India League 2014 at the floodlit Astroturf Hockey Stadium, here on Sunday. Rhinos beat UP Wizards 3-2 via penalty shoot-out after the two teams were locked at 1-1 at regulation time....
  • As it happened: Delhi Waveriders vs Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Hockey India League final February 23, 2014

    Delhi Waveriders will lock horns with Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League after registering hard-fought victories in their respective semi-finals. The Waveriders rode on Yuvraj Walmiki's lone goal to beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the first semi-final on Saturday, before...
  • Punjab Warriors to face Delhi Waveriders in HIL final February 22, 2014

    Ranchi: Delhi Waveriders will lock horns with Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the second edition of Hero Hockey India League after registering hard-fought victories in their respective semi-finals. The Waveriders rode on Yuvraj Walmiki's lone goal to beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the first semi-final on Saturday,...
  • HIL: Yuvraj Walmiki's lone goal guides Delhi to 2nd final February 22, 2014

    Ranchi: Yuvraj Walmiki scored the all-important winner to guide Delhi Waveriders to the summit clash of the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League in the floodlit Astroturf Hockey Stadium here on Saturday. Walmiki scored a field goal in the 15th minute in front a packed 6,000 capacity stadium...
  • Sandeep Singh still India's best drag-flicker: Jamie Dwyer February 22, 2014

    Ranchi: Sandeep Singh remains India's best drag-flicker even though he is not in the national team, says Jamie Dwyer, five-time world hockey player of the year. Sandeep was last part of the Indian team in the Hockey World League Round 3 in June 2013 and has not found the faith...
  • HIL: Punjab Warriors out to end Ranchi Rhinos' title defence in semis February 22, 2014

    Ranchi: Bolstered by a strong showing in the league stages, table-toppers Punjab Warriors would look to continue their winning streak against defending champions Ranchi Rhinos when the two sides meet in the second semi-final of the Hockey India League (HIL) on Saturday. Punjab Warriors had a dream campaign in the...

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