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Germany eye hat-trick at Junior Hockey WC 2016

Germany eye hat-trick at Junior Hockey WC 2016

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Dec. 5 : Two-time consecutive winners of the Junior World Cup (2009 and 2013), the German national squad descended yesterday to Lucknow hoping to bag a hat-trick of titles.

For the record, Germany has won the Junior World Cup six times in the past making them the most decorated team participating at the Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2016.

Malaysia invited to replace Pak in Junior Hockey WC 2016

Malaysia invited to replace Pak in Junior Hockey WC 2016

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Nov.29 : The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has invited the Malaysian junior men's team to replace Pakistan in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men beginning in Lucknow on December 8.

Earlier, the Pakistan Government had granted NOC to the country's Hockey Federation to participate in the tournament.

However, the Indian High Commission kept Pakistan Hockey Federation and players waiting for the visa till Monday, the deadline for PHF to confirm their participation in the tournament.

As a result, the FIH was forced to officially withdraw Pakistan's name from the event.

Narinder Batra becomes first Indian president of International Hockey Federation

Narinder Batra becomes first Indian president of International Hockey Federation

Dubai [UAE], Nov. 13 : Hockey India chief Narinder Batra has been elected as the president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here.

He is the first Indian to be elected president of an Olympic Sport's international governing body. His four-year term begins immediately, replacing predecessor Leandro Negre from Spain, who was last night awarded the title of president of honour by the FIH.

Batra, who became the 12th president of the FIH, was voted to the top post by an overwhelming margin during the penultimate day of the 45th FIH Congress.

Asian Champions Trophy: Indian eves through to final despite China drubbing

Singapore, Nov.5 : The Indian women's hockey team have qualified for the finals of the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) despite going down 2-3 at the hands of China in their last group clash here last evening.

India made it to the finals after they finished as the second-placed team with seven points in the group stage behind China, who climbed to the top spot with nine points.

It was China who made the breakthrough first when Cheng Yahan struck the opening goal in the 35th minute of the match.

China soon doubled the lead for themselves through Gou Qui Deepika's goal in the 51st minute before India pulled one back to make it 1-2 just a minute later.

In the 55th minute of the match, India equalized the score for themselves via skipper Vandana Kataria.

Indian eves to take on China in Asian Champions Trophy

Indian eves to take on China in Asian Champions Trophy

Singapore [Malaysia], Nov. 4 : Indian eves will today take on China in their 4th pool match of the Asian Champions Trophy in Singapore.

Indian team defeated Malaysia 2-0 in their third pool match on Tuesday, which took them to the top the pool table.

They had seven points above Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia respectively. The final will be played tomorrow between the top two teams of the pool.

Five best women's teams of the continent are fighting for continental dominance less than a year ahead of the 2017 Asia Cup which doubles as a World Cup Qualifier.

Indian men's team already lifted the Asian Champions Trophy defeating Pakistan 3-2 in the final in Kuantan, Malaysia last Sunday. (ANI)

Indian eves remain unbeaten in Women's Asian Champions Trophy

Singapore [Malaysia], Nov. 2 : India raced to an emphatic 2-0 win over Malaysia in their third pool match of the 4th Women's Asian Champions Trophy yesterday.

With this win, India continue to top the pool table with seven points over Korea, China, Japan and Malaysia respectively.

Playing the first game of the day, India were under pressure to stay in contention for the knockout stay and they did not disappoint.

SAI keen to resolve Terry Walsh matter, want him to stay

New Delhi - After a high-drama exit of Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh, who resigned following a "pay dispute" with the Sports Authority of India, the SAI DG Jiji Thomson has assured that the matter will be "resolved" as they want the veteran Australian to continue.

SAI DG said he had met Walsh at his office on Tuesday and tried to convince the Australian to carry on in his post.

"I met him (Walsh) when he came to SAI. He told me that he doesn't have any issues with SAI. The matter will be resolved. We want him to continue in his position," Thomson told said

Hockey to become 60-minute game from Sep 1

Hockey to become 60-minute game from Sep 1Lausanne, March 20 : The international hockey federation (FIH) 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 Sep 1.

After the first and third quarters there will be a two-minute break while the existing 10-minute halftime will remain unchanged. The four-quarter model has been tried and implemented by both the Euro Hockey League and the Hockey India League.

Sandeep Singh among Hockey World Cup probables

Sandeep-SinghNew Delhi, March 4 : Following his impressive performance in the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh finds himself among India's 33 probables for the World Cup to be held in The Hague from May 31 to June 15.

The drag-flicker was dropped from the national squad before the Asia Cup in mid-2013. Sandeep, playing for the Jaypee Punjab Warriors, was the top-scorer of HIL 2 with 11 goals.

Australia name Sultan Azlan Shah Cup squad

Hockey-AustraliaMelbourne, Feb 27 : 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 after being named in the squad. He will join Jay Stacy (321 caps), Brent Livermore (317) and fellow Queenslander Jamie Dwyer (308) as a member of the '300 club'.

John Abraham is co-owner of HIL's Delhi franchise

John-AbrahamNew Delhi, Dec 16 : Hockey India League (HIL) franchise Delhi Waveriders Monday announced that actor John Abraham is its co-owner and will support the team from the sidelines in the second edition of the tournament starting Jan 25.

It was also made public that former India coach Cedric D'Souza will coach the team replacing Ajay Kumar Bansal.

Sandeep, Shivendra dropped from Asia Cup probables

Shivendra-Singh-Sandeep-SinghNew Delhi, July 2 : India's hockey selectors have dropped senior players Sandip Singh and Shivendra Singh from the 48 core probables for the Asia Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from Aug 24 to Sep 1.

The two seniors were dropped after India finished a disppointing sixth in the World League and failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Ritu Rani to lead Indian women at World League hockey

Ritu Rani to lead Indian women at World League hockeyNew Delhi, May 30 : Ritu Rani will lead India's 18-member squad at the FIH Women's Hockey World League Round 3 to be played at Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 13-23.

Hockey India (HI) selectors Col. Balbir Singh and B. P. Govinda, high performance director Roelant Oltmans and chief coach Neil Hawgood, alongside government observer Harbinder Singh, picked the final squad May 17.

Ritu Rani's (150 caps) deputy will be Chanchan Devi (82 caps).

Karnataka to host National hockey

hockey-indiaBangalore, May 7 : After a three-year interval, the much-diluted senior men's National Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup will commence here Wednesday with defending champions Mumbai taking on hosts Karnataka in the opening fixture.

The week-long tournament that concludes on May 16, will see zonal winners Punjab (North), Mumbai (West), Karnataka (South), Jharkhand (East), Uttar Pradesh (Central) and Manipur (North-East) playing one another on a single league basis followed by classification matches for positions 1-4.

Sardar to lead India in FIH World League Round 3

Sardara-SinghNew Delhi, April 26 : Sardar Singh will be leading a 18-man India squad for the FIH Men's Hockey World League Round-3 (semi-finals) to be played at Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 13-23.

Hockey India (HI) selectors Balbir Singh, B. P. Govinda, chief coach Michael Nobbs, high performance director Roelant Oltmans along with government observer Harbinder Singh selected the team after trials at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre, Bangalore on April 16.

Dragflicker V. R. Raghunath has been appointed as Sardar's deputy.

Italy, Kazakhstan win in World Ice Hockey

World-Ice-HockeyBudapest, April 16  : Italy, Kazakhstan and South Korea beat their respective opponents at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A here.

South Korea won its first ever game against hosts Hungary 5-4 (0-3, 1-1, 3-0, 0-0, 1-0) in a shootout Monday. Italy defeated Japan 4-1 (1-0, 2-1, 1-1) while Kazakhstan beat Britain 5-0 (2-0, 1-0, 2-0), reports Xinhua.

Italy and Kazakhstan remained undefeated and have good chances to be promoted to the top division. The competition kicked off Sunday and will conclude Saturday.(IANS)

India beat Pakistan for first win in Azlan Shah Cup

India-beat-PakistanIpoh (Malaysia), March 12 : India came from a goal down to defeat Pakistan 3-1 for their first win in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey here Tuesday.

The young Indian side showed plenty of maturity and composure to avenge its defeat at the Asian Champions Trophy in Doha in December.

More importantly, the win kept the Indian hopes alive for a podium finish in the tournament.

Pakistan took the lead in the fourth minute as skipper Muhammad Imran decided to relay a penalty corner to the right to a diving Muhammad Waqas, who put it inside the goal.

Azlan Shah Cup: India lose 3-4 to Australia

/Azlan-Shah-CupIpoh (Malaysia), March 9 : India lost 3-4 to Australia in their opening match of the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium here Saturday.

India made a valiant effort to come back into the game after going 0-3 down but Trent Mitton's 53rd minute strike proved to be the difference between the two teams.

Australia started the brighter of the two and earned a penalty corner in the 19th minute but Timothy Deavin'sdrag flick was intercepted Manpreet.

Australia attacked with great fervour and created quite a few chances but India's goalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept them at bay with fantastic saves.

Sardar to lead India in Hockey World League

Sardara-SinghNew Delhi, Feb 5 : Sardar Singh will lead India's 18-man squad Hockey India in the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Feb 18-24.

Hockey India selector Syed Ali, chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist Jason Konrath along with government observer Harbinder Singh selected the team and six standbys on the basis of their performance in the ongoing Hockey India League.

VR Raghunath has been named the vice-captain of the team.

The preparatory camp for the event will start here from Feb 11.

Upbeat Rhinos hoping to conquer Delhi Waveriders

Ranchi-Rhinos-Delhi-WaveridersNew Delhi, Jan 29 : Ranchi Rhinos would look to avenging their home loss against Delhi Waveriders when the two face-off Wednesday for the top-of-the-table clash in the inaugural edition of the Hero Hockey India League at the National Stadium here.

The Rhinos had ended on the losing side of the nine-goal thriller against the Waveriders on their home turf a week ago and even then they looked like the only team which could have broken the unbeaten streak of their opponents.




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