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Harmanpreet Singh, Gurjit Kaur win best player awards as India sweep international hockey honours

  • Oct 06, 2021
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Indian hockey touched a new peak on Wednesday, making a virtual clean sweep of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) awards, with drag-flick sensation Harmanpreet Singh being crowned the 'FIH Player of the Year' in the men's category, PR Sreejesh winning the 'Goalkeeper of the Year' award and the men's hockey chief coach Graham Reid getting the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award. Former Indian women's hockey chief coach Sjoerd Marijne got the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award in the women's category. The voting-based annual awards had six Indian players and two coaches in men's and women's categories. This is the first time that all nominees from India have won the prestigious awards in their respective categories. Drag-flick sensation Harmanpreet Singh was the top scorer in India's bronze medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was nominated for the award along with Belgium's Arthur Van Doren and Alexander Hendrickx as well as Australia's Jake Whetton, Tim Brand and Aran Zalewski. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur won the 'FIH Player of The Year' award in the women's category. She was nominated alongside Argentina's Agustina Gorzelany and Agustina Albertarrio. The other nominees for the award were Netherlands' Eva De Goede, Frederique Matla and Maria Verschoor. Sreejesh, who won the 'Goalkeeper of the Year' award, had come up with a career-best performance at the Olympic Games. The other nominees in this category were Belgium's Vincent Vanasch and Australia's Andrew Charter. Goalkeeper Savita won the award for the best goalkeeper in the female category. Savita, who was also the joint-vice captain of the women's team at the Olympics, was outstanding in guarding India's post and played an instrumental role in the team finishing fourth in Tokyo. The other nominees in this category were Great Britain's Maddie Hinch and Argentina's Belen Succi. 2020-21 FIH #HockeyStarsAwards results announced! Olympic Success Wave continues for India with @TheHockeyIndia winning big.A record number of almost 300’000 fans casted their votes for this year's Awards.CONGRATULATIONS to all winners and nominees!— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) October 6, 2021In the FIH 'Rising Star of the Year' category for men, Vivek Sagar Prasad won the award for the second consecutive time. He was nominated along with South Africa's Mustaphaa Cassiem and Australia's Sean Findlay. In the 'FIH Rising Star of the Year' category for women, Sharmila Devi won the award with maximum votes ahead of Great Britain's Fiona Crackles and Argentina's Valentina Raposo. Graham Reid got the 'FIH Coach of the Year' award. He was nominated along with Australia's Colin Batch and Belgium's Shane McLeod. Congratulating the award winners, Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam said, "This is a great moment for Indian hockey as all our Indian nominees for the FIH Stars Awards have been announced winners. After the historic performances in Tokyo by both the Indian men`s and women`s hockey teams, the support from Indian fans from across the globe has been overwhelming. We thank everyone who supported the nominees by voting for them. "This is a big moment for us and these awards will definitely inspire future generations to take up the sport professionally. On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate all the award winners and wish them success in their future endeavours."Also Read- Sagar Rana murder case: Delhi court denies bail to Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar

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Odisha to continue to sponsor Indian hockey teams for 10 more years, says CM Naveen Patnaik

  • Aug 18, 2021
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Odisha Chief Minister Naveenn Patnaik announced his sponsorship of Indian hockey for another 10 years after the teams' impressive performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Each player has been awarded 10 lakh and each supporting staff 5 lakh by the state government. "You made us all so proud of your energetic fight in Tokyo. These are very emotional moments for India to witness the revival of Indian hockey. For nearly four decades, hockey fans have been eager to see India win a medal in the Olympic Games". Mr. Patnaik Congratulates to the hockey teams. "The way the whole country has been glued to the screens to watch team games, it's pretty clear that there is more to hockey than just sport. In this pandemic, it's remarkable that our teams have worked so hard despite all the challenges and come out victorious. " Noting that in these times of crisis, the teams have brought smiles on the faces of crores of Indian, Mr. Patnaik said: “We in Odisha are happy that our partnership with Hockey India has led to such a great achievement for the country. I believe Odisha and hockey are destined to become synonymous. Odisha will support hockey teams for another 10 years." After Sahara's sponsorship of Indian hockey ended, Odisha went through its public sector unit, Odisha Mining Corporation, to sponsor national teams (men / women, junior / old) in 2018. The sponsorship was 140 crore for a period of five years. Mr. Patnaik gave13 different awards. While Harmanpreet Singh won the player with the most goals scored, PR Sreejesh was awarded for saving the most goals. Each team presented a framed jersey signed by the players to CM. The government also awarded 50 lakh rupees to Hockey India. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Patnaik and the people of Odisha for showing their love and affection for the sport. With your continued support, Indian Hockey looks forward to building on the achievements of the Tokyo Olympics and continue this steady rise to take it back to the elite level where it belongs,” said Narinder Dhruv Batra, president of the Indian Olympic Association. Odisha Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera, departmental Secretary R. Vineel Krishna and chairman of the Odisha Hockey promotion council Dilip Tirkey were present.Also Read- ICC T20 World Cup 2021 complete schedule: India to face Pakistan on October 24

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NHL Schedule 2021: Full Section, Dates, Times, TV Channels For Each Arrangement

  • May 18, 2021
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After a 56-game run and a couple of COVID-19-related deferrals, the 2021 Stanley Cup end-of-the-season games are authoritatively here.The most heart-halting, captivating, and — in case you're a fanatic of a group in the pursuit — nerve-wracking end of the season games will start Saturday when the Capitals have the Bruins.Things are a little unique this year — in the event that you didn't as of now notice that the Capitals and the Bruins coordinating up in the first round. In light of COVID-19 conventions restricting travel toward the start of the period and the conclusion of the Canada-U.S. line, groups were opened into one of four divisions. There won't be a Western Conference or Eastern Conference champion and the end of the season games are organized in an unexpected way, which we'll dive into in a piece.The something natural this year is that the street to lifting Lord Stanley's Cup will be a long and winding one however the end will taste the goodness, so sweet. Who will be the ones to drink from sports' most prominent prize? The truth will surface eventually.Up to that point, beneath you'll discover everything to think about watching the 2021 NHL end-of-the-season games, including arrangement by-arrangement TV plans and live streaming data.NHL playoffs bracket 2021:NHL end of the season games 2021: TV channels, live streamTelevision (U.S.): NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, NHLNTelevision (Canada): Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, FX, FXX and OMNIStream (U.S.): NBC Sports.com | fuboTV (free preliminary)Stream (Canada): SN Now, SN NOW+, NHL LiveSeason finisher results: SN ScoreboardThe 2021 postseason marks the last year NBC's group of organizations will communicate the NHL's street to the Stanley Cup. First-round games will be appeared on NHL Network and across NBC directs in the United States, while in Canada games will appear on FX, FXX, Sportsnet's channels and CBC.In Canada, Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson will depict the Maple Leafs-Canadiens arrangement while Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will bring fans Oilers-Jets. David Amber and Ron McLean will be the studio secures and will be joined by a turning team of experts and insiders.NBC will likewise utilize a pivoting group that will incorporate in-depth hosts Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke and experts Eddie Olczyk, AJ Mleczko, and Dominic Moore.How might the NHL end-of-the-season games work in 2021? Here's a speedy outline of how the 2021 postseason will function, with each arrangement being a best of seven:Four groups from every division progressed to the Stanley Cup end-of-the-season games. First-round matchups will be No. 1 versus No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 in every division.The first-round victors in every division will at that point go head to head to decide the division champion.When the four division victors are delegated, they'll meet in the Stanley Cup elimination rounds. Cultivating for this round will be founded on normal season point sums.The elimination round victors will meet in the Stanley Cup Final. NHL end of the season games plan results by arrangementFirst-roundEast Division: (1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (4) New York IslandersDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsSun., May 16at PittsburghNYI, 4-3 (OT) (NYI leads 1-0)Tue., May 18at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)Thu., May 20at New York7 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)Sat., May 22at New York3 p.m. (NBC, SN, TVA Sports)*Mon., May 24at PittsburghTBD*Wed., May 26at New YorkTBD*Fri., May 28at PittsburghTBDEast Division: (2) Washington Capitals vs. (3) Boston BruinsDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsSat., May 15at Washington WSH, 3-2(OT) (WSH leads 1-0)Mon., May 17at WashingtonBOS, 4-3 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)Wed., May 19at Boston6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports)Fri., May 21at Boston6:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports)Sun., May 23at Washington7 p.m. (USA, SN1, TVA Sports)*Tue., May 25at BostonTBD*Thu., May 27at WashingtonTBDNorth Division: (1) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (4) Montreal CanadiensDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsThu., May 20at Toronto7:30 p.m. (NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)Sat., May 22at Toronto7 p.m. (CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI)Mon., May 24at Montreal7 p.m. (SN, CBC, TVA Sports)Tue., May 25at MontrealTBD*Thu., May 27at TorontoTBD*Sat., May 29at MontrealTBD*Mon., May 31at TorontoTBDNorth Division: (2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (3) Winnipeg JetsDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsWed., May 19at Edmonton9 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)Fri., May 21at Edmonton9 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)Sun., May 23at Winnipeg7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports)Mon., May 24at Winnipeg9:45 p.m. (SN, CBC, TVA Sports)*Wed., May 26at EdmontonTBD*Fri., May 28at WinnipegTBD*Sun., May 30at EdmontonTBDCentral Division: (1) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (4) Nashville PredatorsDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsMon., May 17at CarolinaCAR, 5-2 (CAR leads 1-0)Wed., May 19at Carolina8 p.m. (CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports)Fri., May 21at Nashville7 p.m. (USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports)Sun., May 23at Nashville2:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports)*Tue., May 25at CarolinaTBD*Thu., May 27at NashvilleTBD*Sat., May 29at CarolinaTBDCentral Division: (2) Florida Panthers vs. (3) Tampa Bay LightningDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsSun., May 16at FloridaTBL, 5-4 (TBL leads 1-0)Tue., May 18at Florida8 p.m. (CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports)Thu., May 20at Tampa Bay6:30 p.m. (USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports)Sat., May 22at Tampa Bay12:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN, TVA Sports)*Mon., May 24at FloridaTBD*Wed., May 26at Tampa BayTBD*Fri., May 28at FloridaTBDWest Division: (1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (4) St. Louis BluesDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsMon., May 17at ColoradoCOL, 4-1 (COL leads 1-0)Wed., May 19at Colorado10:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports)Fri., May 21at St. Louis9:30 p.m. (USA, SN360, TVA Sports)Sun., May 23at St. Louis5 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)*Tue., May 25at ColoradoTBD*Thu., May 27at St. LouisTBD*Sat., May 29at ColoradoTBDWest Division: (2) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (3) Minnesota WildDateMatchupTime (TV channel)/ResultsSun., May 16at VegasMIN, 1-0 (OT) (MIN leads 1-0)Tue., May 18at Vegas10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)Thu., May 20at Minnesota9:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)Sat., May 22at Minnesota8 p.m. (NBC, SN360, TVA Sports)*Mon., May 24at VegasTBD*Wed., May 26at MinnesotaTBD*Fri., May 28at VegasTBD

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Indian hockey forward Dilpreet Singh says Taking each training session as opportunity to make strong case for spot in Olympic squad

  • Feb 16, 2021
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Indian hockey striker Dilpreet Singh, who was training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Center in Bangalore as part of the potential major-male group, plans to make the cut in the Round of 16 final that he will represent to India in the prestigious Tokyo Olympics, set to begin in July.The 21-year-old striker said that since there are no major competitions in 2020 affected by the epidemic, he takes every training session as an opportunity to make a strong case for a place on the Olympic team. We don't want to worry about factors that are not under our control. I don't want to wait for the chance to play a match for India to defend myself but to make the most of the opportunity here in the camp to show my skills and prove myself. "We give 100 percent of each training session," Dilpreet said in a statement.Speaking of his development and the opportunity for him to train with senior players again in the camp, the youngster added: "I've been working on my technical game. I improved my end. Watching the older players playing and spending time with them helps the younger players gain confidence and of course improve." We ask our veteran players for advice and guidance, and they have been of great help to us at all times. "Dilpreet, who was part of the teams that won the silver and bronze medals at the Breda Hockey Champions Cup 2018 and Asian Games 2018, respectively, returned to the junior starting group after the 2018 World Cup.Speaking of the omission, the boy from Amritsar said, “I was very upset with myself because I was a part of almost every major tournament and I was looking forward to appearing in the Olympics as well. But the omission of the senior core group affected me so much and made me realize that I had squandered the golden opportunity and I had to work harder. "However, a year later, after doing well in potential youth basics, Dilpreet was called up for the FIH Pro League match against World Champion Belgium."I started from scratch. I trained hard in the junior camp to at least get a place in the first team. He used to follow every first-team training exercise. I was in constant contact with the top players for that and asked them for guidance, and finally, in 2020, I'm back." "To the main group of the FIH Hockey Pro League. The postponement of the Olympic Games gave players like me the opportunity to improve the situation and make the most of it. The choice of teams is not in my hands, I focus on giving 100 percent on the field and improving day after day."Also Read: The 47th FIH Statutory Congress will happen in Delhi

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Indian Women's Hockey Team Leaves For Argentina Tour

  • Jan 14, 2021
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The Indian women's hockey team left the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for Argentina on Sunday. This will be the first round of the national team in almost a year. India Hockey Company also selected the 25-member Indian Hockey Team for the tour. The Indian team is scheduled to play two games against Argentina (Junior) on January 17 and 19, two games against Argentina B on January 22 and 24, and four matches against Argentina on January 26, 28, 30, and 31. Indian hockey and the host national league have created a biological bubble in Argentina for both the Argentina women's team and the Indian women's team. The Indian women hockey team will be staying in a hotel where separate team rooms have been provided for all meals, team meetings, sessions, etc.“It feels great to be on the road again. We have worked hard on our game for the past few months and it is time to put our skills to live in an international match. Playing in international matches will be a bit different at this point.” Indian women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal said in at Statement: "We will be in a biological bubble, and the team is excited to return to the field in the best possible way at this time."The entire Indian group underwent a Covid-19 RT-PCR test 72 hours before leaving New Delhi. Although there are no quarantine requirements upon arrival in Argentina, the team will continue to comply with all health and safety measures recommended by the governments of India and Argentina, according to Hockey India in an official statement.The deputy captain and goalkeeper of the Indian women's hockey team, Savita, thanked Hockey India and SAI for organizing the tour of Argentina.We desperately need to return to a competitive situation where there is not much time left for the Olympics. We have been doing well in the training sessions, but the international match is always the real test for any athlete. Therefore, we would like to thank Savita: “India Hockey and SAI for their efforts. In organizing a tour for us. We are looking forward to a great game and we hope to start playing with all our energy from the first match. "The 25-member Indian Women's Hockey squad: Rani (Captain), Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Gurjit Kaur, Deep Grace Ekka, Rashmita Minz, Manpreet Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Monika, Nikki Pradhan, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Jyoti, Udita, Rajwinder Kaur, Salima Tete, Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Lilima Minz, Neha Goyal, Namita Toppo, Lalremsiami, Sharmila Devi.Also Read: THE 47TH FIH STATUTORY CONGRESS WILL HAPPEN IN DELHI 

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The 47th FIH Statutory Congress will happen in Delhi

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Across the international community, the past few months have been challenging for individuals, families, institutions, and companies. Emotionally, socially and economically, these are unprecedented times, with an uncertain future.This is why it is important that, as an international federation, we now plan a strong and safe return for the entire global hockey community - players, coaches, officials, partners, and fans alike, when it's safe to do so. We know that only a few things are under our control, but with so many uncertainties, the best way to feel that we can move forward as a global hockey family is to look at where we are, think about where we came from, and strive To build on our plans to build a structure. Sustainable fit for all.If we are to research the positives of the current situation, working from home has given us the opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations and take a long and targeted look at our strategies and how you can adapt and innovate. Even hockey is a sport that has a sustainable future around the world.One of the many things we have worked on is our exciting schedule of events, adapting it to the changes imposed by the Coronavirus, and the rescheduling of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Future prospects for the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium in February next year is an event that fills the hearts of all hockey fans with joy. The fast-paced action and the opportunity to see some of the world's best indoor players in action is something that will brighten the sports calendar and put hockey in the spotlight.We communicate regularly with the National Federations and Confederations to discuss organizational issues around the FIH 2021 Junior Hockey World Cup along with hosts South Africa (women) and India (men), the host nation of the Women's Hockey World Cup 2022 Netherlands / Spain Hockey World Cup 2023 Men, India.Qualifying for the FIH 2022/23 Hockey World Cup was the focus of a major debate between FIFA officials and the confederations. Final details will be released in June once the format has been approved by the Executive Board.Future FIH Hockey Pro seasons have also been the subject of much discussion between FIH and 11 participating countries. As reported on the FIH website, the Executive Board approved the proposal, agreed upon between the participating National Federations and the FIH Team, to extend the current season until June 2021, ensuring that all competing countries can complete your calendar.In addition to planning future events, FIH also works with partners and stakeholders to develop and implement innovative strategies and new technologies to raise awareness of hockey and increase participation, but at the same time while considering the challenges of post-Covid19. In this sense, one of the interesting initiatives that sprung from the FIH Academy team was the launch of online courses. At a time when it is difficult for athletes, coaches, and referees to gain practical experience and practical learning opportunities, this is an exceptionally useful development tool. Most training sessions are booked on the spot, which proves their relevance to our hockey workforce. Also Read: Did You Know About Underwater HockeyThe courses proved to be an immediate success with 22 workshops and training courses held throughout April and attracted more than 200 participants from 35 countries.We've also launched a new membership plan: FIH World Hockey Membership. This is part of the Hockey Invites initiative and aims to attract more people to join our sport and take an active role. This paid membership system has several different classes: coaches, referees, and members, and each category has personal benefits, including discounts on FIH Hockey Academy courses.With the Olympics moving into 2021, the next 18 months promise to be very busy. We are in constant discussions with our stakeholders to ensure that plans are in place to ensure all events run as smoothly as possible. We are also working hard with both the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee to support them in the rescheduling.Of course, athletes and their well-being are central to everything we do, so the participation of the Athletes Committee in any decision-making process was of the utmost importance.Although live hockey was not possible, it was great to see athletes from around the world sharing their training advice on social media using the hashtag #StayHomeStayStrong After removing geoblock restrictions on our FIH.live OTT platform, we also produced All-new programs that are now available for the world hockey family to enjoy. At the same time, our broadcast partners have made sure that hockey stays on our screens by allowing some images to be played back.Play hockey games on TV and online in more than 200 countries. To both of our broadcast partners and our other business partners, we are very grateful for the support they have shown at this difficult time.“These are tough times for everyone, and our primary concern at FIFA is for everyone in the global hockey community to remain safe and healthy at this time,” says International Hockey Federation Executive Director Thierry Weil.“When we finally come out on the other side of this colossal challenge to humanity, the work of FIH staff, combined with the support of our partners and stakeholders, will ensure that we are all in the strongest position possible and ready to restart hockey. When it is safe to do so.”The 47th FIH Statutory Congress is taking place from 19 May to 23 May 2021 at the Lalit Hotel in Delhi, India. More information coming soon.Also Read: International Hockey Federation unveils new match-based world ranking system for 2020

The Balbir Singh impact: Story behind India’s 1975 World Cup win

The Balbir Singh impact: Story behind Indias 1975 World Cup win

  • May 26, 2020
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Remembering Balbir Singh Sr, who died on Monday at the age of 96, 1975 World Cup India hockey team Ajit Pal Singh spoke about the influence Balbir Singh had on the team as manager.It will be difficult to follow the impact of the three-time Olympic gold medal victory by Balbir Singh  Senior on the hockey legend against Indian hockey. Sometimes he did, even without raising a hockey stick. Balbir Singh was the director of the Indian hockey team that beat Pakistan 2-1 in an exciting competition to win the first World Cup in 1975. India's only success at the world championship remains to this day. Recalling the legend of hockey, who died on Monday at the age of 96, Indian hockey captain Ajit Pal Singh spoke of Balbir Singh's influence on the team.In an exclusive telephone interview with the Hindustan Times, Ajit Pal expressed his condolences for the disappearance of Balbir Singh and described him as an ideal man."It is really sad news that we lost an excellent Indian hockey column. Balbir  Singh was a great player, a great coach and a great coach. We were lucky because he was with us during the Cup from the world of 1975 and that he managed to win. He was perfect in all aspects of life: a balanced man. "In addition, he spoke of the dynamics he shared with the manager at the 1975 World Cup in Malaysia. "In 1975, our team got the perfect match, with everything in the right place. When the team (manager, players, coach, captain) clicks, it can only succeed. Winning the 1975 World Cup was a team effort. ""My relationship with Balbir was very friendly, off the pitch and on the pitch. He was an older player and was a father figure. We admire him for his advice." It was a perfect mix. "In the league, India suffered a terrible 2-1 loss in the group stage match against a weak Argentine team. The defeat forced India to beat West Germany in its next game to advance to the semifinals. Ajit Pal recalls how Balbir Singh motivated the whole team to break the fast."The Argentinian team was not good. They had a casual coincidence and they scored. We tried to get many chances, but we couldn't find a draw. It was disappointing for the players. The team was disappointed and frustrated. "The next morning, Albert Ji called us for a meeting. He said at the meeting, "Look, guys, whatever happened yesterday, forget it. Now, today and tomorrow, we have these two days to prepare for Germany. Today, we have to focus, we need to eat well, relax well, and chat. Ajith Pal said, "You can, God willing. Losing in Argentina doesn't mean you can't beat Germany. "India comfortably beat West Germany 3-1 to book a ticket to the semi-finals, while Malaysia beat 3-2 to reach the final match against Pakistan. "Being a great hockey player, his essence was how to motivate and discover the need of the hour, what are the kids talking about?" Ajit Pal said: "He was a very bright man, because he was a great player himself."The former Indian hockey superstar recovered from the last game against Pakistan, which was a very tense relationship. Pakistan got off to a good start, scoring an early goal. India rebounded strongly in the second period, then defeated its rivals 2-1 to lift the cup."The team was great and (Balbir Singh) seated at the side of the field, we were really motivated. Ajit Pal said:" I was very lucky because I am the team leader and we won the cup. "Balbir Singh Ji wanted the team to move forward together. It was a truly unforgettable experience in 1975, and we were very successful. We celebrated the World Cup victory across India, and it was a great time for hockey. "Article Source: hindustantimes.comRead More: India May Tour South Africa In August For Three-Match T20I Series

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International Hockey Federation unveils new match-based world ranking system for 2020

  • Dec 13, 2019
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On Friday, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) introduced a new world ranking system for 2020, which will act as a match-based account instead of tournaments for a "better reflection of current performances".The new system will be in effect from January 1 next year. FIH said the new world ranking system was launched after 12 months of comprehensive research, analysis, and testing.The FIH rankings have been in place since 2003 and were originally designed to assign teams to different groups. The old model allowed countries to earn rating points two or three times a year.The FIH cited "numerous restrictions" for the championship-based system for change.This includes limited opportunities for the lower-ranked teams to earn points and the "subjectivity" required to determine the strengths of the five continents to calculate continental rating points. The fact that more than 60 percent of international hockey games have not made any qualifying points has made an increasingly strong case for changing focus," said the federation said in a statement.The match-based world ranking system includes the exchange of points between two teams competing in every match permitted by FIH.The number of points exchanged depends on three factors: the outcome of the match, the relative classification of teams and the importance of the match.FIH said that the new model eliminates much of the subjectivity surrounding continental weighting by creating a fair system for all.The decision to introduce a new global ranking system was taken after a one-year trial period.“By using all the official international matches that have been played since the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, a working model for the new system has been created, which allows continuous monitoring, evaluation and adjustment throughout 2019."The results of the testing phase indicate that the new system was more dynamic and immediately reflected the current form of the current global ranking system and was subsequently approved by the FIH Executive Board," said the world body.The implementation of the new system for calculating the global FIH rankings will not affect existing placements: each country will start in 2020 in the same arrangement and with the same number of ranking points that ended in 2019.Commenting on the decision, FIH Development and Sports Director John Wyatt said, "As a sport, we are constantly striving to innovate and provide opportunities for our member countries."As with any launch of a new system and introduction of changes, it will take some time for everyone to amend, and we will constantly monitor the rating to ensure that it is accurate and fair to everyone.Read More: Test Events for Hockey (Sr. Men) in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo