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Field hockey in India

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New Committee (IOA)Edit

The Indian Olympic Association appointed a new five-member national selection committee. This panel will work in conjunction with the International Hockey Federation in managing field hockey in India.[1] The panel was headed by Aslam Sher Khan, a former MP and former hockey captain and includes Ashok Kumar, Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal and Dhanraj Pillay. Aslam Sher Khan has now been replaced by Ajit Pal Singh as the chairman of the national selection committee. Aslam Sher Khan was highly displeased by this decision, though he remained as a selector.[2][3]

On 30 April 2008, in an interview with India Today, Khan indicated the impact of the 2007 film about the National Women's Hockey Team, Chak De India, on his future strategy by stating that he wants "to create a 'Chak De' effect" within Indian hockey.[4]

India Men's Team at OlympicsEdit

India Men's Team at World cupEdit

Related Article : Hockey World Cup

Year Rank Venue
1971 3rd Place Barcelona, Spain
1973 Runner Up Amstelveen, Netherlands
1975 Winner Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1978 6th Place Buenos Aires, Argentina
1982 5th Place Bombay, India
1986 12th Place London, England
1990 10th Place Lahore, Pakistan
1994 5th Place Sydney, Australia
1998 9th Place Utrecht, Netherlands
2002 10th Place Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 11th Place Monchengladbach, Germany
2010 8th Place New Delhi, India
2014 9th Place The Hague, Netherlands
2018 Qualified Bhubaneswar, India

National teamsEdit

National men's teamEdit

Indian Hockey team

The Indian Hockey Team is the national men's hockey team of India. It was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation. In 1928, the team won its first Olympic gold medal. From 1928 to 1956, was the golden period for the Indian Hockey team. The Indian men's team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, gaining six gold medals in a row. The Indian team has won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics.[5]

On 9 March 2008, India lost 2–0 to Britain at Santiago, Chile in the final of one of the three qualifying tournaments for the Beijing Olympics. With only the winner advancing to the 12-team event,[6] the Indian men's team was eliminated from the Beijing Olympics competition. This is the first time that the Indian men's team did not participate in the Olympics since 1928.[7] India finished in 12th place (Last) in the 2012 London Olympics.

On 26 Feb 2012, the India men's national field hockey team qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after a gap of 8 years. The team had a resounding victory over France in the finals of the Olympic qualifiers by beating France by 8–1. Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, starred in the final against France by scoring five goals – including a hat-trick – all from penalty corners (19th, 26th, 38th, 49th and 51st). [8]

Indian Men's Team Finished in 9th place in World Cup 2014 held in Hague, Netherlands.[9] Indian team won Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow. They lost to Australia 4-0 in the Finals.[10] India will host the 2018 World Cup.[11] India won 2014 Asian Games Gold Medal after 16 years ( last won in 1998). India won Asia Cup held in DHaka in 2017.

National women's teamEdit

The Indian Women's Hockey Team is the national women's team representing hockey in India. (nicknamed the Golden Girls of Hockey) is the national women's team that represents India in international field hockey competitions.[12] The team is currently coached by Canada's Mathias Ahrens and led by halfback Ritu Rani from Haryana and is currently ranked 13th in the FIH World Rankings. Captain Suraj Lata Devi led the team to the Gold for three consecutive years: during the 2002 Commonwealth Games (the event which inspired the 2007 Shah Rukh Khan film, Chak De India), the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, and the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup. They were referred to as the "Jassi (Jasjeet) jaisi koi nahi" or "Golden girls of hockey," after winning the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup.[13]

During the summer of 2015, the team hosted the Round 2 of the 2014–15 Women's FIH Hockey World League and finished on top to qualify for the next stage. At the World League Semifinals held in Antwerp the team finished in the fifth place beating higher ranked Japan in classification match.[14] The Indian woman's national field hockey team has thus qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics[15][16] for the first time since the 1980 Summer Olympics.[15][17]

State teams and eventsEdit


The craze of Hockey in Odisha is high. Many National players in Hockey are from Odisha. Lazarus Barla, Prabodh Tirkey, Dilip Tirkey, Ignace Tirkey, Jyoti Sunita Kullu, Lazarus Barla, Subhadra Pradhan, Birendra Lakra and Anupa Barla are the few name who brought the fame to Indian hockey in International level. Premier Hockey League (PHL) is league competition for field Hockey clubs in the top division of the Indian hockey system. There are seven teams in the PHL and in East India only team is Orissa Steelers who won Premier Hockey League 2007. The 2014 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy was held in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. The 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup is going to be held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India.

Field Hockey Arenas in OdishaEdit

National tournamentsEdit

  1. All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Chennai[T.N]
  2. All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey Tournament, Chandigarh[Punjab]
  3. IndianOil Surjit Hockey Tournament, Jalandhar[Punjab]
  4. All India Chhatrapati Shivaji Hockey Tournament, Delhi
  5. All India Aagha Khan Hockey Tournament, Mumbai[Maharashtra]
  6. All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Mumbai[Maharashtra]
  7. All India Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Bhopal[M.P.]
  8. All India Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament, Delhi
  9. All India Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament, Delhi
  10. All India Sanjay Hockey Tournament, Delhi
  11. All India K D singh Babu Memorial Invitational Prize Money Hockey Tournament, Lucknow[U.P.]
  12. All India Ramesh Chander Memorial Hockey Tournament, Jalandhar[Punjab]
  13. All India Liberals Hockey Tournament, Nabha
  14. All India Shri Shadilal Rajendra Lal Memorial Hockey Tournament, Shamli[U.P.]
  15. All India Indira Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, Jammu[J & K]
  16. All India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament, Kolkata[W.B]
  17. All India G.P.Kuppuswami Naidu Hockey Tournament, Kovilpatti[T.N.]
  18. Senior National Hockey Tournament
  19. Junior National Hockey Tournament
  20. Sub-junior National Hockey Tournament
  21. Amarjeet Singh Bola Memorial Hockey Tournament Chakdana, Nawanshahr, Punjab
  22. Bundel Khand All India Hockey Tournament, Charkhari Mahoba (U.P.)
  23. Republic All India Hockey Tournament, Katni, M.P.
  24. All India Hockey Tournament, Damoh, M.P.
  25. All India Hockey Tournament, Indore, M.P.
  26. All India Hockey Tournament, Mhow, M.P.
  27. All India Hockey Tournament, Ujjain, M.P.
  28. All India Hockey Tournament, Tikamgarh, M.P.
  29. All India Hockey Tournament, Ratlam, M.P.
  30. All India Hockey Tournament, Khargon, M.P.
  31. All India Hockey Tournament, Hoshangabad, M.P.
  32. All India Hockey Tournament, Balaghat, M.P.
  33. Bhagat Singh All India Hockey Tournament, Gwalior, M.P.
  34. Kodava Hockey Festival
  35. Dr. B.R.Ambedkar All India Hockey Tournament(under-16 Boys), Nagpur
  36. Mahanth Raja Sarweshwer Das memorial All India Hockey Tournament, Rajnandgaon, C.G.

Premier Hockey LeagueEdit

The Indian Hockey Federation also conducts the Premier Hockey League (PHL), a domestic field hockey tournament in India since 2005, with active support from sports news channel ESPN India. The tournament was initiated to revive interest in the sport which was losing spectator interest to cricket in recent times. This is now replaced by World Series Hockey.

Orissa Steelers after winning PHL in 2007

World Series HockeyEdit

World Series Hockey is a proposed domestic hockey league in India. Though the name is given as World Series this competition does not deal with national teams of any nation. This tournament has clubs from eight Indian cities which will participate in the first season in 2011–12. This tournament will have 200 players from all around the world along with Indian players. Hence the name is given as World Series Hockey. This tournament replaces the old tournament of Premier Hockey League.

Hockey India LeagueEdit

After the success of World Series Hockey by Indian Hockey Federation, Hockey India have decided to start their own league for field hockey in India. Three out of six franchises have signed this league. They are, the Lucknow franchise by Sahara India Pariwar, the Punjab franchise from Mohali signed by Jaypee Group and Ranchi franchise by Patel-Uniexel Group. The broadcast rights are given to ESPN Star Sports (ESS). The first tournament is expected to be played in January 2013.

Road to 2016 Summer Olympics in BrazilEdit

On 2 Oct 2014, the Indian men's national field hockey team have qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio by winning the gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games, edging out long-time rival Pakistan in a shoot-out. The team was the first team to qualify for the Olympics. They are ranked fifth in the world.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "United we'll stand: Aslam Sher Khan". Sify sports ( 2008-04-29. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Archived 11 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "I want to establish a club culture in Indian hockey: Aslam Sher Khan". India Today. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  5. ^ History of field hockey, accessdate: 28 October 2013
  6. ^ "It felt like there was a death in the family". IBN Live ( 10 March 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "India fail to make it to Olympic hockey". The Times of India ( 10 March 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Indian Hockey Team Qualifies for London Olympics". NDTV. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Hockey World Cup: India beat South Korea 3-0, finish ninth". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "India win silver at Glasgow". NDTV. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "India to host 2018 hockey World Cup". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hockey India". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Pandey, Vineeta (15 February 2004). "Indian sportswomen: Still the second sex". The Times of India ( Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  14. ^ PTI (2015-07-06). "On the verge of Olympic qualification, Indian women's hockey team arrive to grand welcome". Firstpost. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  15. ^ a b "Chak De Moment For India". India Today. 2015-08-29. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  16. ^ Bhagvatula, Shrikant (2015-08-29). "Chak De: Indian women's hockey team qualifies for Rio Olympics". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  17. ^ Bose, Adrija (2015-08-29). "India Women's Hockey Team Bags Historic 2016 Rio Olympic Berth After 36 Years". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 

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