Friday, September 26, 2014

Bihar Police move into Rameshwar Singh Memorial Football Tournament final

Bihar Police (blue) beat Ballia XI 4-2 and entered the final of Rameshwar Singh Memorial Football Tournament at New Police Lines ground in Patna on September 16, 2014.
Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hockey India welcomes Hockey Village India on board as the new Academy Member

New Delhi, September 19, 2014: Adding yet another branch to its expanding family, Hockey India today announced its new Academy Member, Hockey Village India with an aim to reach out to those underprivileged children who are keen to make a career in sports an provide a platform to showcase their talent.  

Hockey Village India works towards the better future for underprivileged children in rural India in terms of Sports and Education. In 2010, a former German hockey player Andrea Thumshirn started the academy in Garh Himmat Singh, District Dausa in Rajasthan with the support of her German hockey friends and local ruling families. Thereafter, she managed to spread awareness of hockey in the surrounding areas and started giving training to 50 boys and girls who later on participated in various U-14 and U-16 domestic tournaments.

With the intention to combine sports and education, Hockey Village India opened their own school in 2013 to provide proper education and sporting facilities to the identified budding players. Some German hockey players are now also volunteering to give training to young kids in Hockey Village India. Spreading itself to different parts of the country, Hockey Village India adopted the Bhusawal Railway Boys (Maharashtra) and two more schools in South Goa in January this year; Hockey Village India also plans to open another wing in Rohtak (Haryana).

Speaking on the newly inducted Hockey Village India, Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said, “Hockey India has always strived to reach out to those who inspite of having the talent cannot reach the big platform. Hockey India has always worked towards reaching out and identifying this talent. With Hockey Village India coming on board our endeavour towards this initiative will strengthen and we are extremely delighted to have them as an Academy Member”

Andrea Thumshirn is the Director and founder of the Hockey Village India.

Hockey India currently has 26 Permanent Members, 23 Associate Members, 1 Member through State Olympic Associations, 8 Academy Members and 1 Hoc-Key Member.

HI Press release

We will try and create maximum penalty corner opportunities: Gurwinder Singh Chandi

Incheon (South Korea), September 20, 2014: As the Asian Games 2014 matches approach, both the Indian men and women teams have acclimatised with the environment of Incheon through various fitness sessions and drills. Both the teams are implementing their strategies on-field to get used to the new turf and environment during these practice sessions.  Here, the experience of senior players of the teams come handy, who help other players to adapt to the new environment as early as possible.

Speaking on the preparations before their first match against Sri Lanka, Indian men hockey team’s forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi said, “As this will be my second big tournament after my comeback in the team for the XX Commonwealth Games 2014, I am looking forward to giving my best and trying to create as many penalty corner opportunities as I can. The forward line has work hard in all the weak areas which our Coaches have highlighted while watching the videos of our matches during the Commonwealth Games 2014. The team together is also working towards increasing the scoring capacity and converting the openings into goals.”

He further added, “We are also trying out the rolling substitutions and the advancements are looking positive so far. The team is well in sync with the drills and ready to take on Sri Lanka.”

Forward player of the Indian women’s team, Poonam Rani after a practice session, said, “We are fully prepared for the new format of the game. The team has worked on its mistakes made during the XX Commonwealth Games and are preparing really hard during the on-field and off-field strategic sessions. In the forward line, we are three experienced players Poonam Rani, Vanadana Katariya and myself having played more than 100 international matches and therefore it becomes our responsibility to make the young talents adapt to the international environment and the turfs as quickly as possible. We will also try our best to boost the younger ones to perform their best during the matches. Young forward player Navjot Kaur has also been successful in impressing everyone with her performance in the XX Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow. We are fully committed for our responsibility towards scoring more and more goals and also creating penalty corner opportunities for our dragflickers”.

HI Press release