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Officials confirmed for XXX Olympic Games

Complete tournament appointments known for London 2012



Rabo FIH Champions Trophy - Day 3 - Argentina v Korea (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The FIH is pleased to confirm the complete list of officials which will oversee the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments at the Olympic Games in London, which take place from 29 July to 11 August 2012.

On the men’s side, the honour of umpiring at “the greatest show on earth” has been given to the following officials: Christian Blasch (GER), Ged Curran (GBR), David Gentles (AUS), Marcin Grochal (POL), Colin Hutchinson (IRL), Nigel Iggo (NZL), Hamish Jamson, Hong Lae Kim (KOR), German Montes de Oca (ARG), Raghu Prasad (IND), Tim Pullman (AUS), Marcelo Servetto (ESP), Gary Simmonds (RSA), Nathan Stagno (GBR), Simon Taylor (NZL), Roel van Eert (NED) and John Wright (RSA). They will be managed by Ray O’Connor (IRL), Craig Gribble (NZL) and Philip Schellekens (NED).

The women’s on-field officials consist of Claire Adenot (FRA), Julie Ashton-Lucy (AUS), Stella Bartlema (NED), Frances Block (ENG), Carolina de la Fuente (ARG), Elena Eskina (RUS), Amy Hassick (USA), Kelly Hudson (NZL), Soledad Iparraguirre (ARG), Michelle Joubert (RSA), Kang Hyun Young (KOR), Carol Metchette (IRL), Lin Miao (CHN), Irene Presenqui (ARG), Lisa Roach (AUS), Chieko Soma (JPN) and Wendy Stewart (CAN). The women’s Umpires Managers for the Games are Renee Cohen (NED), Sarah Garnett (NZL) and Minka Woolley (AUS).

As has been previously announced, the Technical Delegates for the tournament are Bjorn Isberg (SWE - men) and Laura Pigretti (ARG - women). 

Isberg comes to London with one Olympic Games already under his belt having served as an Assistant Technical Delegate in Beijing in 2008. He also worked the 2004 Olympic Qualifier in Madrid as a Technical Officer, the 2006 World Cup Qualifier in Guangzhou, China in 2006 as a Tournament Director and the 2006 World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany as a Technical Officer, a role he also fulfilled at the Hero Honda FIH World Cup in New Delhi, India 2010. Most recently, he was the Tournament Director at the FIH Indoor World Cup in Poznan, Poland in February of last year.

For Pigretti, the London Games will be her third Olympic experience as an FIH tournament official. In 2004 in Athens, she started as Judge at the Olympic Games before taking the Assistant Technical Delegate role at Beijing 2008. Pigretti also worked at two World Cups, in 2006 in Madrid, Spain and in 2010 in Rosario in her native Argentina, as a Technical Officer.  Pigretti’s experience also includes serving as the Tournament Director at the 2005 Champions Trophy in Canberra, the 2008 Olympic Qualifier in Vancouver, Canada and serving as the Tournament Director at the FIH World Cup Qualifier in 2010 in Santiago, Chile.

The full list of officials appointed for the London 2012 Olympic Games can be found below.

The FIH would like to offer sincere congratulations to everyone who has been appointed for the Games in London.

London 2012 Olympic Games - Appointments
(accurate on date of publication)

 

Tournament

Men

XXX Olympic Games

 

Venue

 

London (ENG)

 

 

Participants

 

GBR / PAK / GER / NED / BEL / AUS /  NZL / ARG / ESP

 

plus 3 from the Olympic Qualifiers

 

 

Date

 

29 July / 11 August 2012

 

 

Appointment

Appointed By

Name

Country


Appeal Jury

FIH

READ, Ken (President)

AUS

 

FIH

AHMED, Seif

EGY

 

FIH

AZLAN SHAH, HRH Sultan

MAS

 


FIH

DILLON, Annabel

SIN

 


FIH

ELGAR, Pam

NZL

 

FIH

FLEUREN, Marijke

NED

 

FIH

GOTHERIDGE, Martin

ENG

 

FIH

NURSE, Gordon

GBR

 

FIH

STUPER, Pam

USA

 

FIH

VON ONDARZA, Tony

VEN

 

Technical Delegate

FIH

ISBERG, Björn

SWE

 

Assistant TDs

FIH

DEVADAS, Mathavan

SIN

 

FIH

McCRACKEN, Jason

NZL

 

FIH

QUAYE-KUMAH, Nii

GHA

 

Judges

FIH

AGUILERA, Antonio

ESP

 

FIH

BRACA, Guido

ITA

 

FIH

BUDEISKY, Alberto

ARG

 

FIH

CORNOFSKY, Larry

AUS

 

FIH

DE SALES, Claudius

IND

 

FIH

KOSHIKO, Ryuichi

JPN

 

Medical Officer

FIH

WEFERS BETTINK, Peter (Dr.)

NED

 

FIH

GREEN, Michael (Dr.)

GER

 

Media Officer

FIH

HUCKENDUBLER, Yan

FIH

 

Umpires Managers

FIH

O'CONNOR, Ray

IRL

 

FIH

GRIBBLE Craig

NZL

 

FIH

SCHELLEKENS, Philip

NED

 

Umpires

FIH

BLASCH, Christian

GER

 

FIH

CURRAN, Ged

GBR

 

FIH

GENTLES, David

AUS

 

FIH

GROCHAL, Marcin

POL

 

FIH

HUTCHINSON, Colin

IRL

 

FIH

IGGO, Nigel

NZL

 

FIH

JAMSON, Hamish

GBR

 

FIH

KIM, Hong Lae

KOR

 

FIH

MONTES DE OCA, German

ARG

 

FIH

PRASAD, Raghu

IND

 

FIH

PULLMAN, Tim

AUS

 

FIH

SERVETTO, Marcelo

ESP

 

FIH

SIMMONDS, Gary

RSA

 

FIH

STAGNO, Nathan

GIB

 

FIH

TAYLOR, Simon

NZL

 

FIH

VAN EERT, Roel

NED

 

FIH

WRIGHT, John

RSA

 

Tournament

Women

XXX Olympic Games

 

Venue

 

London (ENG)

 

 

Participants

 

GBR / CHN / KOR / NED / GER / NZL / AUS / USA / ARG

 

plus 3 from the Olympic Qualifiers

 

 

Date

 

29 July / 11 August 2012

 

 

Appointment

Appointed By

Name

Country


Appeal Jury

FIH

READ, Ken (President)

AUS

 

FIH

AHMED, Seif

EGY

 

FIH

AZLAN SHAH, HRH Sultan

MAS

 

FIH

DILLON, Annabel

SIN

 

FIH

ELGAR, Pam

NZL

 

FIH

FLEUREN, Marijke

NED

 

FIH

GOTHERIDGE, Martin

ENG

 

FIH

NURSE, Gordon

GBR

 

FIH

STUPER, Pam

USA

 

FIH

VON ONDARZA, Tony

VEN

 

Technical Delegate

FIH

PIGRETTI, Laura

ARG

 

Assistant TDs

FIH

BROWN, Sheila

RSA

 

FIH

ELLIS, Janet

CAN

 

FIH

RUTTEN, Edna

NED

 

Judges

FIH

BUCKLEY, Peri

AUS

 

FIH

MORROW, Sheila

GBR

 

FIH

PARKS, Paula

CAN

 

FIH

PETITJEAN, Sylvie

FRA

 

FIH

RINALDINI, Lorena

ARG

 

FIH

SHIN, Jung Hee

KOR

 

Medical Officer

FIH

MÜLLER-EISING, Wiebke Dr.

GER

 

Media Officer

FIH

WIEDEKE, Jenny

FIH

 

Umpires Managers

FIH

COHEN, Renée

NED

 

FIH

GARNETT, Sarah

NZL

 

FIH

WOOLLEY, Minka

AUS

 

Umpires

FIH

ADENOT, Claire

FRA

 

FIH

ASHTON-LUCY, Julie

AUS

 

FIH

BARTLEMA, Stella

NED

 

FIH

BLOCK, Frances

ENG

 

FIH

DE LA FUENTE, Carolina

ARG

 

FIH

ESKINA, Elena

RUS

 

FIH

HASSICK, Amy

USA

 

FIH

HUDSON, Kelly

NZL

 

FIH

IPARRAGUIRRE, Soledad

ARG

 

FIH

JOUBERT, Michelle

RSA

 

FIH

KANG, Hyun Young

KOR

 

FIH

METCHETTE, Carol

IRL

 

FIH

MIAO, Lin

CHN

 

FIH

PRESENQUI, Irene

ARG

 

FIH

ROACH, Lisa

AUS

 

FIH

SOMA, Chieko

JPN

 

FIH

STEWART, Wendy

CAN

 

FIH Media release



Mission London for Indian women

Harpreet Kaur Lamba


In the last decade or so, the Indian women’s hockey team have come up with quite a few positives. Their success at the 2002 Commonwealth Games — the squad were nicknamed the Golden Girls after their victorious run at the event — inspired director Shimit Amin to come up with the blockbuster Chak De India.

But unlike Bollywood stories with happy endings, real life followed a different script. The team’s performance dipped and was followed by a spate of controversies that made more headlines than their on-field performance.

The Olympic qualifiers at home next month come as a golden opportunity for coach C.R. Kumar and his wards, to get on the road to redemption.

With senior members set to join the rest on Wednesday, the ongoing preparatory camp in New Delhi is expected to gather momentum.

Kumar is realistic when asked about expectations and the team’s ability to come good on the big stage.

“We have taken small but sure steps in the last eight months,” said Kumar, who took over in April last year.

“It has been an arduous journey since I took over when the team was in doldrums. In the last few months we have managed to put together a system that I believe is taking us ahead.”

That India’s only representation at the Olympics till date has been at the 1980 Moscow Games, is a reflection of the state of affairs.

“The girls understand the importance of this tournament. It is a realistic chance after many, many years. None of them have been on the biggest stage, and that in a way takes off the pressure. Besides, we would be looking to make the most of the home conditions,” asserts Kumar.

India have drawn Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine in their qualifiers’ pool. Of the lot, the Africans, who have in their ranks the world’s leading goal-scorer Pietie Coetzee (225 goals), will offer the hosts stiff competition.

“South Africa are a rung above us and are a very strong team. We played them in our last tournament in Argentina and lost twice by close margins. But since we were without a few of our key players, it served as a good learning experience.”

Striker Jasjeet Kaur Handa, who missed the last tournament due to her sister’s wedding, believes the inclusion of experienced members and the team’s ability to play to their strengths would be key during the February tournament.

The Asian Age



Jamia win All India Inter-Varsity hockey title


NEW DELHI: Jamia Millia University beat Guru Nanak Dev University 2-0 (Amritsar) to win the All India Inter-Varsity hockey title on Tuesday.

Manish Rana and Nitin Sharma scored a goal. The celebrating students along with Olympian SS Hakeem, who is now a consultant (sports) at Jamia, gave credit to vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung for promoting sports in Jamia where hockey is one of the top priority sports disciplines.

The Times of India



Spanish Veteran's Hockey Team goes on Asian Tour

Three Countries visited on ten-day tour




From December 1-11, Spanish Veteran Hockey Team "Los Caracoles" went on a big hockey adventure visiting Vietnam, Bali and Singapore.

The tour started in Ho Chi Minh City, where the team had a warm welcome at the airport and played a six a side Tournament against Tornados Vietnam on December 2. The team enjoyed fun, competitive games, followed by a traditional Vietnamese dinner, including speeches, awards and music.

The team was impressed by the organization of the Vietnam leg of the journey, which was headed by James Chew. He is pushing the development of Hockey in Vietnam.

After Vietnam, the team moved to Bali which was organized Mr. Yongky Adi. In Bali, the team played a Triangular Tournament in Jimbarán Hockey field.  Bima Unesa Team from Surabaya, Bali Hockey Club and Los Caracoles played for three hours on December 6, and had a great time. Awards and few beers after the games completed an excellent day of hockey.

After four fantastic days of enjoying Bali, the team moved onto Singapore, the final stage of the trip.  The opponents in Singapore were the Indian Veterans and the game was played in the beautiful Astroturf Pitch of Shenkang where the Junior World Cup took place in 2009. It was a good game followed by North Indian Food and Bangra dancing night organized by Singh " Jerry".

The team returned to Barcelona on December 11 with many new memories and a better idea of how well hockey is developing in one of the furthest corners of the world from home in Spain.

FIH site



PHF, former Olympians row harmful for cause of hockey, says Akhtar

Staff Report


LAHORE: Former Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Chaudhary Akhtar Rasool has termed the ongoing row between the PHF and former Olympians ‘harmful’ for the cause of hockey especially at a stage when the team is preparing for Olympics. “It is not going to serve any purpose rather it will be damaging for hockey. It is time that all energies from hockey fraternity should be spend on bringing improvement in the team's performance for getting a respectable position in the London Olympics,” he said on Tuesday.

Akhtar, also a former captain and an Olympian, expressed his sadness the way PHF and a big group of former Olympians were engaged in a war of words in recent months. The PHF in its recent meetings of executive board and congress decided to file a defamation suit against thirteen former Olympians for their allegations, including human trafficking, against the national hockey federation. Each Olympian has been served with a legal notice of Rs.500 million. Akhtar offered his services to resolve the issue amicably after listening the point of view of both parties. “I have come forward as an elderly figure of hockey in my previous status as a former PHF president, captain and Olympian and most importantly as a hockey lover. I am fully determined to resolve it as soon as possible because hockey badly needs unity and disintegration will hamper the team’s performance in Olympics,” he added.

Akhtar claimed to settle the matter between the PHF and the former Olympians in a week’s time saying: “There is no rocket-science involved to conclude such a issue as I will be listening the point of view of both. I will come up with some suggestions acceptable to both parties to sink their differences in the larger interest of the game.”

To a question, he said he could not attend the recent PHF executive board and congress meetings owing to health problems and he would be meeting the top officials of PHF in a couple of days to know their point of view.

He said the PHF was responsible for the betterment of the hockey in the country and former Olympians should support the PHF on its constructive measures for the revival of the game and criticism for the sake of criticism would not serve any cause. “I think there are grievances on part of both the parties and they need a passionate hearing and I, in the role of an hockey elder, can bring both of them to one platform to settle down their issue.”

He said it would be very unfortunate to see the PHF and former Olympians engaged in a legal battle in the court of law.

The Daily Times



SSTMI want national team to release Firhan and Fitri

By AFTAR SINGH



Hot property: Mohd Firhan Ashaari is training with the national team.

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending overall champions Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt want the national team to release two of their players for the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL), which begins on Jan 19.

The duo – forward Mohd Firhan Ashaari and midfielder Mohd Fitri Saari – are training with the national team in preparation for the Olympic qualifiers in Dublin in March.

SSTMI were known as Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) before the name change last year.

SSTMI-Thunderbolt coach Wan Roslan Wan Abdul Rahman said they would need Firhan and Fitri to help them achieve the target of winning the elusive double – league and overall – this season.

“We are happy that two of our players are in the national training squad for the Olympic qualifiers and I also understand that the national assignment is top priority.

“All I am asking for is that the national team management release them to play for us during the junior league matches only. After the matches, they can rejoin the national training,” said Wan Roslan, who will know by Friday if Firhan and Fitri can play for his team.

Firhan, 19, featured in the Champions Challenge I tournament in Johannesburg in November while 18-year-old Fitri helped Malaysia emerge champions in the Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru in the same month.

BPSS made their MJHL debut in 1998, winning their first Division One title in 2010 and bagging the overall title last year.

Wan Roslan said that if Firhan and Fitri were not released to play, he could still count on the 12 players from last year’s squad.

“We have been training hard at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor the last two months. We want to be able to challenge the likes of league champions UniKL (Universiti Kuala Lumpur) and former double champions BJSS (Bukit Jalil Sports School),” said Wan Roslan, who has been coaching the sports school since 2002.

“If Firhan and Fitri are not available, then Project 2013 squad forward Mohd Shahril (Saabah), who scored 14 goals in the junior league last year, will spearhead our attack this season.”

The Star of Malaysia



Selangor HA plan 2012 calendar despite not having artificial turf

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) do not have an artificial turf but that has not stopped them from planning their calendar for this year.

Both the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang and the Petaling Jaya Hockey Stadium have yet to be re-turfed.

The SHA will, instead, start off with two indoor events at the Real Sport Arena in Klang.

One is the Selangor Veterans Open Carnival (SVOC), which will be held on Jan 28, and the other is the league for schools, which is slated to begin in February.

The SHA said that the Real Sport Arena featured a full-spec indoor court with sideboards and a taraflex sports flooring which makes it easier and safer to play on.

SHA vice-president P. Kuganesan said that they had been forced to play their leagues in and around Kuala Lumpur for the last two years.

“The two stadiums in Selangor are in a bad state. But it won’t stop us from going ahead with our programmes.,” he said.

Having to hold their competitions in KL poses another problem for the SHA as they will have to contend with the KL league programme.

Furthermore, the KL Hockey Stadium is expected to be re-turfed and will be out of bounds for a few months.

“We intend to take it one tournament at a time. The first is the SVOC. This will be the fifth time we are holding it and it will be for the Ramalingam Trophy,” said Kuganesan.

“This is in memory of the late K. Ramalingam, who had served the SHA in many capacities. Details of the league for schools will be announced later.”

Teams interested to compete in the SVOC can contact Kuganeson at 016-5517100 or logon to the SHA official website (
www.sha.com.my) for details.

The Star of Malaysia