News for 29 August 2013

All the news for Thursday 29 August 2013


Asia Cup semi-finals pit Pakistan against Korea and India against Malaysia

Goals galore in Ipoh as Korea sails past Oman and India defeats Bangladesh


Pool play concluded today at the Asia Cup in Ipoh with two Pool B clashes. Korea's shut-out win against Oman with an impressive 10-0 final scoreline was followed by a 9-1 victory by India over Bangladesh. For Friday's semi-finals, this means that Korea will take on Pool A winner Pakistan, and India meet Malaysia.

Korea dominated today's encounter with Oman from start to finish, but were contained to two goals in the first half. A whirlwind second half however propelled the Koreans into double-digit territory, including a hattrick by penalty corner specialist and man of the Match Jang Jong Hyun - and an unfortunate own goal by the Omanis.

The match between India and Bangladesh also was an uphill battle for the Bangladeshis as India scored an early third minute goal and never looked back. Relying on set piece specialists Rupinder Pal Singh and VR Ragunath who scored four goals each, India took a 9-1 win with Bangladesh's lone goal coming from team captain Md. Mamunur Rahman Chayan just before the end of the first half.

The action in Ipoh continues after tomorrow's rest day with Friday's cross-over matches: Japan play Bangladesh and Oman play Chinese-Taipei in the 5th to 8th place classification, followed by the semi-finals pitting Pakistan against Korea and India against Malaysia.

Saturday 24 August 2013
Pool B: India - Oman 8-0 (4-0)
Pool A: Pakistan - Japan 7-0 (6-0)
Pool A: Malaysia - Chinese-Taipei 10-2 (4-1)

Sunday 25 August 2013
Pool B: Korea - Bangladesh 9-0 (4-0)
Pool A: Japan - Chinese-Taipei 5-1 (1-1)
Pool A: Pakistan - Malaysia 4-1 (1-1)

Monday 26 August 2013
Pool B: Bangladesh - Oman 2-4 (0-1)
Pool B: India - Korea 2-0 (1-0)

Tuesday 27 August 2013
Pool A: Pakistan - Chinese-Taipei 13-0 (3-0)
Pool A: Japan - Malaysia 2-4 (2-2)

Wednesday 28 August 2013
Pool B: Korea - Oman 10-0 (2-0)
Pool B: India - Bangladesh 9-1 (5-1)

Friday 30 August 2013
15:00 Placement 5-8: Japan - Bangladesh
17:15 Placement 5-8: Oman - Chinese-Taipei
19:30 Semi-final: Pakistan - Korea
21:45 Semi-final: India - Malaysia

Saturday 31 August 2013
17:30 Placement 7-8
20:00 Placement 5-6

Sunday 1 September 2013
17:30 Bronze medal match
20:00 Final

FIH site



India has it easy

S. Thyagarajan



V.J. Raghunath goes for a tackle with Tapos of Bangladesh in the Pool B match of the Asia Cup hockey championship at Ipoh on Wednesday. Photo: Special Arrangement

Playing under persistent drizzle that delayed the start by 40 minutes, India overwhelmed Bangladesh to record its third successive victory in Pool ‘B’ of the Asia Cup hockey championship on Wednesday. India won 9-1 after leading 5-1 at half-time and finished its pool matches with nine points.

In the semifinals, India takes on Malaysia, while Pakistan faces Korea.

Convincing though the win was, there was one discordant note in the whole exercise when India conceded its first goal in three matches. Mamunur Rahman, skipper of Bangladesh, managed to outsmart goalkeeper Sreejesh with a penalty corner. Apart from this, the team dominated the whole match. Two fierce penalty corners by Rupinder Pal Singh put the team on course for victory. He also converted a penalty stroke to take his individual tally in the match to four goals. Raghunath helped himself to three goals from 10 penalty corners that India earned in the match.

Nikkin Thimmiah earned the distinction of scoring the first international goal midway in the first half when he netted the third.

Korea routs Oman

An earlier match between Korea and Oman was also delayed by rain. The soggy pitch slowed the action somewhat in the first half when Oman managed to restrict Korea to just two goals. But Korea adapted well to the prevailing underfoot conditions to slam in eight goals in the second half to confirm its semifinal berth where it will clash with Pakistan on Friday.

Thursday is a rest day.

The results: Pool B: Korea 10 (Jang Jong 3, Kang Moon Kweon 2, Yoon Sung Hoon 2, Jung Man Jae, Lee Jung Jun, own goal) bt Oman 0.

India 9 (Rupinder Pal Singh 4, V.R. Raghunath 3, Nikkin Thimmiah, Malak Singh) bt Bangladesh 1 (Mamunur Rahman). Points Table: Pool A: Pakistan- Played 3-Won 3-Drawn 0-Lost 0-GF 24-GA 1-Points 9; Malaysia 3-2-0-1-15-8-6; Japan 3-1-0-2-7-12-3; Chinese Taipei 3-0-0-3-3-28-0. Pool B: India 3-3-0-0-19-1-9; Korea 3-2-0-1-19-2-6; Oman 3-1-0-2-4-20-3; Bangladesh 3-0-0-3-3-22-0.

The Hindu



9-1 win over Bangladesh not our best performance: Oltmans

IPOH (Malaysia): India's 9-1 thrashing of Bangladesh notwithstanding, interim coach Roelant Oltmans is not fully satisfied with his wards' showing on Wednesday, and said the match against the minnows was not the best performance by his side in the Asia Cup hockey tournament.

Penalty corner exponents Rupinderpal Singh and VR Raghunath slammed a hat-trick each as India mauled Bangladesh 9-1 to register their third win on the trot in Pool B at the eight-nation tournament.

"This sort of game is always difficult to play because you already know that you are in the semifinals. To add to it the weather was also not really fantastic, the match was delayed. It is not always the best situation to be in as a player. I must say it was not our best game of the tournament but we are happy with the 9-1 win," Oltmans said at the post-match press conference.

"I think we can raise our level in the coming matches. I don't think the players also were completely happy with their performance. In certain parts of the game they were happy but in certain parts of the game we did not show consistency," he said.

For India, Rupinder (4th, 19th, 27th, 61st minutes) scored four goals in the match, out of which three came via penalty corner, while Raghunath (29th, 52nd, 59th) also converted short corners with ease to emerge as the joint top-scorer of the tournament with Jang Jong Hyun of South Korea on six goals apiece.

Nikkin Thimmaiah (25th) and Malak Singh (47th) were the other goal-getters for India.

India on Wednesday converted six out of the 10 penalty corners that came their way, and the Dutch coach was happy with the efforts of his drag-flickers.

"We converted 60 per cent of our penalty corners and that is a very high rate. I am happy with their (Rupinder and Raghunath) performance. It's a very good percentage," Oltmans said.

India face hosts Malaysia in the semifinals on Friday and the coach said there was no pressure on his boys ahead of the crucial tie.

"We know we have one day's rest while they have two days rest. But these things don't matter to me. I only can prepare my team as good as possible. It is fantastic to play Malaysia. I am looking forward to the game, it will be a tight game," Oltmans said.

"There is no pressure, we enjoy playing hockey. Pressure most of the time comes from the outside. I told them (players) if you feel pressure, give it to me. I will take it, you just play hockey."

The Times of India



India rode on Rupinder, Raghunath show to maul Bangladesh

IPOH (Malaysia): Penalty corner exponents Rupinderpal Singh and VR Raghunath slammed a hat-trick each as India mauled minnows Bangladesh 9-1 to maintain their unbeaten run ahead of the semifinals in the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament on Wednesday.

The Indians, who were through to the semifinals even before Wednesday's match, led 5-1 at the breather and pumped in four more goals in the second session to stamp their authority over their lowly opponents.

Rupinder (4th, 19th, 27th, 61st minutes) scored four goals in the match, out of which three came via penalty corner, while Raghunath (29th, 52nd, 59th) converted short corners to emerge as the joint top-scorer of the tournament with Jang Jong Hyun of South Korea on six goals apiece.

Nikkin Thimmaiah (25th) and Malak Singh (47th) were the other goal-getters for India.

Bangladesh's lone goal came from the stick of their skipper Md Mamunur Rahman Chayan (35th minute).

By virtue of this win, the Indians finished on top of Pool B with nine points from three games. Defending champions South Korea are second in this pool with six points.

India will now face Pool A runners-up and hosts Malaysia in the second semifinal on Friday, while South Korea will be up against Pool A toppers Pakistan.

The match between India and Bangladesh started nearly 40 minutes late as the first game of the day between Korea and Oman was delayed due to heavy downpour in the evening.

Playing under persistent drizzle and damp conditions, the Indians meant business from the beginning. Such was their dominance that they earned as many as 10 penalty corners in the match, out of which they utilise six.

The Indians were under no pressure as they played free-flowing hockey to put the Bangladeshi defence under constant pressure.

For the sparse crowd present at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, there was excitement from the very beginning as it rained goals in the match.

Ranked 31st in the world, Bangladesh were expected to be a mismatch for the eight-time Olympic champions India, and they turned out to be exactly that.

As their interim coach Roelant Oltmans indicated after the Korea match, the Indians went for attack against Bangladesh from the opening whistle.

It took the Indians just four minutes to take the lead when Rupinder converted his side's first penalty corner. India earned two more penalty corners soon after but the Bangladeshi defence stood tall to avert the dangers.

But India doubled their lead in the 19th minute from their fourth penalty corner which Rupinder converted with a powerful high flick to the top left of the Bangladeshi goal.

Young Nikkin Thimmaiah then extended India's lead by scoring his first international goal in the 25th minute with a reverse shot from the top of the opposition circle.

India soon made it 5-0 via a penalty stroke which they earned after Rupinder's flick from a penalty corner hit the body of a Bangladeshi defender.

Lanky Rupinder stepped up to take the shot from the spot and converted it successfully to complete his hat-trict.

Bangaldesh, however, pulled one back just at the stroke of halftime through captain Md Mamunur Rahman Chayan who converted their only penalty corner of the match to register their first goal of the tournament.

The Indians continued in the same vein after the change of ends and pumped in four more goals to assert their supremacy in the lop-sided contest.

The Indians took a little while to get on the scoring mode in the second half with Malak finding the opposition net in the 47th minute.

Thereafter, it was all a Rupinder and Ragunath show. While Raghunath converted two more short corners in the second half, Rupinder matched his compatriot scoring his fourth goal of the match nine minutes from the hooter from India's 10th and last short corner.

The Times of India



South Korea thrash Oman to set up Pakistan semi-final

India to meet Malaysia for final place in Hockey Asia Cup


IPOH  - The last league games in the 9th Asia Cup in Ipoh unfolded on the expected lines. Title holders South Korea mauled debutants Oman 10-0 to book a berth in the semifinals while India, having already secured a seat in the last four, rolled over the men from neighbouring Bangladesh 9-1 on Wednesday to confirm who plays who in the semi-finals.

Pakistan will face the tough South Korean challenge while India will take on hosts Malaysia for a place in the final that will not only decide who wins the 2013 Asia Cup but also who goes through to the 2014 World Cup. South Korea have already qualified for the quadrennial event to be held in The Hague, Netherlands.

With wins against Japan (7-0), Malaysia (4-1) and Chinese Taipei (13-0), Pakistan finished top of Pool A and now would face Pool B runners-up South Korea in the semi-final. India, the only other unbeaten team in the tournament, finished top of Pool B with wins against Oman (8-0), South Korea (2-0) and Bangladesh (9-1).

Defending champions South Korea finished behind India in Pool B after losing to the two-time Asia Cup winners. Malaysia reached the semis finishing second in Pool A but not before a little scare from Japan who went ahead 2-0 against the hosts in the final Pool A match. However, egged on by home support, the Malaysians rallied to win 4-2. Reaching the last-four stage was never a doubt for any of the four semi-finalists, who know that the real test starts now. Pakistan and Korea have won the Asia Cup three times each India have won the title twice.

South Korea took a 2-0 lead against Oman in the first-half. The match, which was supposed to start at 6.05pm, was delayed by 40 minutes due to a downpour. Jang Jong-hyun was the toast for the Koreans, bagging a hattrick in the 15th, 42nd and 64th minutes. He has scored six goals, so far.

Kang Moon-kweon (22nd, 62nd) and Yoon Sung-hoon (39th, 40th) scored a brace each while Jung Man-jae (50th), Lee Jung-jun (51st) and Hyun Hye-Sung (59th) contributed one apiece. South Korea coach Shin Seok-kyo expects his men to face a torrid time against Pakistan, who have been playing exceptionally well in the tournament. “Their defence looks steady with the return of the experienced Waseem Ahmed. Their forwards are really good and fast with their counter attacks,” said Seok-kyo. “However, the pressure will be on them to beat us as they need to win the tournament to qualify for the World Cup.”

Lanky defender Rupinder Pal Singh slammed home four goals while VK Raghunath netted a hattrick as as India trounced Bangladesh 9-1 for their third straight Group B win in the Asia Cup. Rupinder got his goals in the 3rd, 19th, 27th and 61st minutes while Raghunath scored in the 29th, 52nd and 60th minutes. Nikkin Thimmaiah (25th) and Malak Singh (47th) got the other goals for India. Skipper Manmunur Rahman Chayan got a consolation goal for Bangladesh in the 35th minute.

The Nation

 



Korea beat Oman, enter Asia Cup semifinals

IPOH: Title holders South Korea mauled debutants Oman 10-0 to book a berth in the semifinals of the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament on Wednesday.

The fancied Koreans, however, were slow to start with as they scored just two goals in the opening half through a penalty corner conversion by Jang Jong Hyun (15th minute) and a fine field effort by Kang Moon Kweon (22nd).

But after the breather, the Koreans changed their gear and looked a completely different side, pumping in as many as eight goals to show supremacy over the lowly Oman.

Yoon Sung Hoon scored two quick goals -- in the 39th and 40th mniute -- to make the scoreline 4-0 in favour of Korea.

Jang Jong Hyun converted his second penalty corner of the day in the 42nd minute before Junag Man Jae scored a field goal eight minutes later.

In the 51st minute, Lee Jung Jun found the back of the net and then an own goal from Oman gave Korea 8-0 lead.

Kang Moon Kweon scored another field goal in the 62nd minute before Jang Jong Hyun was yet again at the thick of things, converting his third short corner of the day just two minutes later to complete the rout.

The Times of India



India to face Malaysia in Asia Cup semis

India set-up a semi-final clash with hosts Malaysia after they thrashed neighbours Bangladesh 9-1 to finish on top in Pool B in the Asia Cup hockey at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Stadium here Wednesday.

Two-time champions India came into the match already assured of a place in the semis. But they didn't drop their guard and were ruthless against Bangladesh.

Drag-flickers Rupinderpal Singh and V.R. Ragunath dominated the proceedings as they slammed in seven goals between them.

Rupinderpal (3rd, 19th, 27th, 61st), struck four while Raghunath (29th, 52nd, 59th) hit a hat-trick. Nikkin Thimmaiah (24th) and Mandeep Singh (47th) scored a goal apiece.

The consolation goal for Bangladesh came from Mamunur Rahman Chayan in the 34th minute.

India preferred to rest some of the players and it was a pleasant surprise to see skipper Sardar Singh among the starters. Sardar has been used intermittently by high performance manager Roelant Oltmans since he was down with fever.

With the win, India also increased their win-loss record against Bangladesh to 7-0.

In Friday's other semi-final, Pakistan will face defending champions South Korea.

DNA



Rains force orgainsers to skip national anthem ceremony

IPOH: The delay in the start of the day's opening match between defending champions South Korea and debutants Oman due to heavy rains forced the organisers of the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament to skip the mandatory national anthem ceremony, on Wednesday.

It was a crucial Pool B match as both Korea and Oman were in with a chance of qualifying for the semifinals, but heavy showers just before the game delayed the start for about 40 minutes.

Once the rain subsided, the two teams quickly took the field and lined-up for the national anthem ritual but with rains eating away considerable amount of time, the organisers decided to skip the national anthem as players of both the teams shook hands and began the match.

The organisers' decision was justified considering the fact that India take on Bangladesh in the final match of Pool 'B' later in the evening.

Incidentally, it was for the second time in the tournament that the organisers faced an embarrassing with the national anthem.

Earlier, the organisers failed to play the national anthem of Chinese Taipei ahead of its second Pool 'A' encounter against Japan on August 25 due to a technical fault.

The Times of India



Pakistan must show aggressive approach against Korea: Shahnaz

By Special Correspondent




LAHORE: Former hockey Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh has said winning Asia Cup is the only way to restore the country’s prestige, which will also make the national team to qualify for the World Cup. “It will, however, be a tough job and an aggressive approach is needed to win the tournament,” he said on Wednesday. Pakistan earlier had wasted a chance to qualify for the World Cup when they finished seventh in the World Hockey League (WHL). However, Pakistan played ruthlessly in the ongoing Asia Cup in Malaysia and decimated Japan 7-0, Malaysia 4-1 and Taiwan 13-0 to qualify for the semifinals. Pakistan will face South Korea in the semifinals.

Shahnaz while hailing performance of the Pakistan team said the team’s real test would be against South Korea in the semifinal. Pakistan won all their three matches of Group ‘B’ to top the group with nine points. “Though Pakistan played an outstanding game against one of the strong teams Malaysia in addition to playing fairly well against Japan and Chinese Taipei, real test of skills and fitness will be in the shape of facing super fit South Korea in the semifinals,” he maintained.

Shahnaz, who played between 1969 and 1978, said the Asia Cup was now the only hope for Pakistan to qualify for the World Cup. “To win the semifinal and the final, Pakistan must show better defence, improved game by the forwards and agility by the goalkeeper to save goals,” he added. He said the players should play an attacking and aggressive hockey, which was the demand of the present day sport. “Moreover, the conversion rate of the penalty-corners should be improved,” he said. India have also qualified for the seimfinals after they topped the Group B with nine points from three games and will play Malaysia in the cross-over semis.

Shahnaz said that competition among Asian teams was growing up which according to him was a good sign. “Four top teams — Pakistan, India, South Korea and Malaysia — are all neck-and-neck which reflects a healthy competition in the region,” he reckoned. Nonetheless, he said the Asian Hockey Federation should have invited more teams to feature in the Asia Cup as the eight-team contest was not bigger in its format.

The Daily Times



Gunning for first title..

By Jugjet Singh

MALAYSIA will play two-time champions India in the semi-finals of the Asia Cup at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh on Friday.

India are facing a do-or-die situation to qualify for the World Cup, while Malaysia will be gunning for their first Asia Cup title -- making it a sizzling last four duel.

The other semis is between South Korea and Pakistan, with the Green Shirts needing a win to keep their World Cup dream alive.

However, the pressure will be less against India, if South Korea beat Pakistan in the first semi-finals as that result would see them qualify for the World Cup.

India, who finished sixth in the World League semi-finals, are the fourth International Hockey Federation (FIH) reserves and with South Korea and Malaysia already qualified, it is their turn next.

And if Pakistan lose to Korea, India do not need to win the Asia Cup title to play at the Hague next year, as even if Malaysia or Korea win India as the fourth reserves will make the cut.

"We drew 2-2 with India in the last encounter (Azlan Shah Cup) but this side is more determined as they are looking to qualify for the World Cup," said team manager George Koshy.

And comparing the performance dished out by both the teams so far, it would be skewed towards India, admitted George.

"India have yet to concede a single goal thus far. But having said that we know India , both the team and their players well and what to expect from them.

"The coaches will prepare the team to upset the form book . We are fairly confident with the right mind set , focus , approach and passion we will be able to turn the tables on India, as they are not invincible," said Koshy.

And there is no more room for silly mistakes, like the two goals Taiwan scored against Malaysia.

"The team is in high spirits and motivated to win the match and they know very well that we can't afford to make silly mistakes because India is more than able to punish us. The plan is for the team, and the country, to have a memorable Hari Merdeka celebrations," said George.

For the record, Revington and his men made the final of the Azlan Shah Cup only to lose to 3-2, and Ipoh might just see another super show from Malaysia.

However, the worryong factor is penalty corner conversions, as Malaysia won 19 in three matches, but have only scored six.

And all 19 penalty corners were direct attempts by either Razie Rahim or Faizal Saari with not a single set piece utilised to date.

Maybe coach Revington is keeping the set-pieces for semi-finals onwards, and we will find out when they play India who has yet to lose in the Asia Cup, or even concede a single goal yet.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Tengku Ahmad wants more goals


Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil (right) gets the ball away from a Japanese player in the Asia Cup match which Malaysia won 4-2. Tengku Ahmad says he should be delivering field goals in every match.

IPOH: Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil, 27, is the most senior forward in the national hockey team.

But that doesn’t mean he likes to pull rank in the team, which explains why he doesn’t mind playing a supporting role in attack.

Perhaps, that also explains his meagre haul of just one goal in three group matches in the ongoing Asia Cup here.

Malaysia have scored a total of 15 goals thus far, with younger forwards like Faizal Saari, 22, and Mohd Firhan Ashaari, 20, bagging four each.

“What’s important is that as long as I can combine well with the forwards – Faizal, Firhan and Izwan Firdaus – and win matches, I’m happy,” said Tengku Ahmad, who will be graduating with a degree in Human Resource from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in October.

The Kangar-born player has donned national colours 185 times since 2007 and is featuring in his third Asia Cup outing.

He made his international debut in 2007 in Chennai, where Malaysia not only won the bronze medal but he was also named the most promising player of the tournament.

Being a forward, Tengku Ahmad is obviously disappointed with his poor returns.

“As the most senior striker, I should be delivering field goals in every match. But I’ve only managed to score one goal against minnows Taiwan – and that too off a penalty corner set-piece,” said Tengku Ahmad, who is grateful to his fellow strikers for stepping up to the plate.

Malaysia have qualified for the semi-finals after notching two wins and a defeat.

They whipped Taiwan 10-2 before losing 4-1 to three-time champions Pakistan.

Against Japan on Tuesday, Malaysia trailed 2-0 before fighting back to win 4-2.

Malaysia finished as runners-up in Group A and will face two-time Asia Cup champions and Group B leaders India in the semi-finals Friday.

The other semi-final is between defending champions South Korea and Pakistan.

Tengku Ahmad also acknowledged that the defence, marshalled by Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim, had been a big letdown in the Asia Cup.

“We’ve conceded goals due to defensive lapses. We will be punished by India, who have skilful players, if we make errors in defence,” he said.

“India will be going all out against us as they need to win the Asia Cup to qualify for next year’s World Cup (in The Hague, Holland).

“India also have a solid defence ... they have yet to concede a goal in this tournament.”

The Star of Malaysia



India need to be cautious against unpredictable Malaysia

MALAYSIA: Brimming with confidence after three consecutive wins, India will have to guard against complacency when they take on hosts Malaysia, a side which is capable of springing up surprises, in the semifinal of the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament on Friday.

Unlike their opponents, the Indians will be high on confidence after securing their semifinal berth with an unbeaten record. The Sardar Singh-led side spanked debutants Oman 8-0, followed by wins over defending champions South Korea (2-0) and Bangaldesh (9-1) to top Pool B.

Malaysia, on the other hand, finished second in Pool A after they won against Chinese Taipei and Japan but lost to Pakistan in their Pool A engagements.

Fully aware that two more wins here would ensure their ticket for next year's World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands, the 11th ranked Indians cannot afford to relax in the business end of the eight-nation tournament, and especially against an unpredictable side like Malaysia.

India, who never missed out on a World Cup berth since the tournament's introduction in 1971, will like to avoid the repeat of yet another debacle after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the Indian team had failed to qualify for the first time in the history of the game.

Having played Malaysia on numerous occasions, the Indians, who start as favourites, know very well that the hosts on their given day can upset top teams of the world.

Another factor which will work against India in the semifinal is home support. Come tomorrow the Malaysians would be backed by a vociferous home crowd, a fact which India captain Sardar Singh admitted.

"It is a very crucial match for us in the recent times. Malaysia is tough opponent. You cannot predict them. We will have to play against the entire stadium tomorrow as they will have home support behind them," Sardar told PTI ahead of the semifinal encounter.

"But we are completely focussed on our job. We know we have to win and we are confident of pulling it across," he said.

On the game front, the Indians have impressed all and sundry so far in the tournament and would be hoping to carry on the momentum in the final two games.

As always captain Sardar Singh has been a rock in India's midfield under whose shadow youngsters like Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and S K Uthappa have blossomed.

India's young and inexperienced forwardline too have managed to live up to the expectations so far.

In the absence of quartet of Danish Mujtaba, SV Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Akashdeep Singh -- all out of the tournament due to injuries, India fielded a young, untested forwardline for this tournament.

But the likes of Mandeep Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Malak Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Nikin Thimmaiah rose to the occasion and did not let anyone feel the vacuum created by the injuries to senior players.

Young Mandeep, in particular, is in superb form and so far scored four goals in the tournament.

But India's interim coach Roelant Oltmans would be most happy with the fact that after making a slow start his dragflickers have finally joined the party.

India's penalty corner exponents Rupinderpal Singh and V R Raghunath slammed hat-tricks each against Bangladesh in their last pool match. In fact, Rupinder went on to score four goals in the match as India converted six out of the 10 short corners they earned in the game.

"We converted 60 per cent of our penalty corners and that is a very high rate. I am happy with their (Rupinder and Raghunath) performance. It's a very good percentage," Oltmans said.

On the goalkeeping front, P R Sreejesh is in rollicking form and against Korea he made as many as six-seven clear saves, which included some acrobatic efforts.

Oltmans, however, cautioned his wards ahead of the all-important semifinal tie against Malaysia.

"It is fantastic to play Malaysia. I am looking forward to that game. It will be a very tight game," he said.

"There is no pressure, we enjoy playing hockey. I told my players if you feel pressure give it to me. I will take it, you just play hockey."

Meanwhile, in the other semifinal of the tournament, Pakistan will lock horns against title hoders South Korea.

The Times of India



I want to bring out the best in Indian goalkeepers: Staniforth

MALAYSIA: He is still unsure whether he will continue if given a longer run, but goalkeeping coach Dave Staniforth has set his goals clear -- to try and make Indian custodians the best in the world in this short period of time.

The 37-year-old former South African hockey player was appointed as the goalkeeping coach and strategic analyst of India's senior and junior men's teams only last month and has been given a short-term contract till the FIH Junior World Cup to be held in New Delhi later this year.

But having already worked in India with the inaugural Hockey India League champions Ranchi Rhinos, Staniforth is quite familiar with the goalkeeping scenario in the country and has set his priorities clear.

"It's too early for me. I just started working with the Indian team 6 weeks back, but my goals are clear. My primary goal is to make sure that our goalkeepers are playing to the level we want them to play, make sure that our goalkeepers are keeping the ball out of the back of the net," Staniforth said in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the ongoing ninth Asia Cup.

The South African is already impressed with the talents he had witnessed so far in the country.

"No doubt that there is some talent. It's just a case of harnessing these talents and making sure that they are going in the right direction, changing some simple things so that we can bring out the best in every goalkeeper," Staniforth observed.

"From what I have seen there is certainly some potential. It's just a case of harnessing that potential. I have seen four U-21 goalkeepers and they have impressed me," he said.

Indian goalkeepers have always rued the lack of goalkeeping specialists. But, it seems Staniforth's presence in the support staff has already started to pay dividends as P R Sreejesh produced a stellar performance under the bar to help India stun defending champions South Korea in their second match at the Asia Cup.

Asked about Sreejesh, Staniforth just had one thing to say -- "he is a really good goalkeeper".

"He is a good goalkeeper. He also knows that he is a good goalkeeper. But he needs to keep his feet in the ground. He has set himself very high standards," said Staniforth, who represented his country in 65 internationals and has worked as goalkeeping coach with the South African national side for three years.

He, however, doesn't like to compare a player with another. So when asked to rate Sreejesh in the world alongside the likes of Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann, Staniforth simply refused.

"It would be unfair to compare any goalkeeper against another. All I say is that my job is to make sure that he (Sreejesh) is playing to his potential," he said.

Staniforth's short stint with India ends after the Junior World Cup to be held in New Delhi from December 6-13, but the South African still has not made up his mind whether he will continue if given a longer run.

"I don't know what will happen in future. I am only bothered about my job at hand and currently it is Asia Cup. I am not thinking about anything other than the Asia Cup right now," said Staniforth, who has represented South Africa in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, 10th FIH Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2002 and eighth All Africa Games in Nigeria 2003.

The Times of India



Quickfire first half helps Burras to third win

Five goals in opening 17 minutes secures victory


A commanding first 35 minutes helped the U21 Burras men to a 6-2 win over Malaysia in game three of the four match series against Malaysia in Brisbane on Wednesday.

A fluid counter-attacking style presented the Burras with a host of first half chances, resulting in Australia’s aspiring Olympians holding a 5-1 lead at the break.

Things could not have begun any better for the Burras with Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD) opening the scoring after just 37 seconds. Wotherspoon was one of the Burras stars on the day, alongside Frank Main and Will Gilmour, both of whom found themselves on the score sheet, and Matthew Dawson (NSW).

Main (WA) made it 2-0 from open play in the fifth minute but Malaysia hit back two minutes later. Aidan Rintala (QLD) restored Australia’s two goal lead with just over 11 minutes on the clock and Wotherspoon’s second made it 4-1. By the time Will Gilmour bagged the first of his two, only 17 minutes had elapsed.

With Australia leading so comfortably, the match intensity dropped after the half time break. Malaysia made it 5-2 in the 52nd minute before, four minutes later, Gilmour (VIC) completed the scoring with his second of the match.

The teams will meet again on Thursday afternoon (3:30pm AEST). Tweet about the team or post Instagram pics using #burrashockey and see your posts on the Hockey Australia Kookaburras social hub.

Australia U21 Men’s Squad - Match 3 v Malaysia
Started

Andrew Butturini (GK) (NSW)
Simon Borger (Queensland)
Jeremy Hayward (Northern Territory)
Matthew Pembroke (Queensland)
Matthew Dawson (New South Wales)
Aidan Rintala (Queensland)
Flynn Ogilvie (New South Wales)
Jayshaan Randhawa (Victoria)
Tyler Cowley (Victoria)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Queensland)
Will Gilmour (Victoria)

Substitutes Used
Adam Luck (GK) (Northern Territory)
Cameron Joyce (South Australia)
Aaron Kershaw (New South Wales)
Casey Hammond (Victoria)
Frank Main (Western Australia)
Daniel Robertson (Western Australia)

Hockey Australia media release



Rain plays havoc but three sides go through to BDO Men’s semi-finals

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town



Matt de Sousa (left) and Mondli Dlamini of KZN Raiders shadow Durban's Ross Hetem of the South Africa U21 team during the BDO Men's Interprovincial Tournament match won 3-1 by the Raiders at University of Cape Town Wednesday. Photo: TERRY FEBRUARY

Torrential rain and heavy winds played havoc with the playing conditions at Hartleyvale’s stadium and B pitch in Cape Town Wednesday, leaving the surfaces unfit for hockey.

This resulted in the matches in the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Tournament eventually having to be moved to the University of Cape Town, this after first the Western Province Cricket Club’s and then the Central Hockey Club’s (Vygieskraal) turfs were both declared unfit for play due to the waterlogged surfaces at both of these venues.

After Wednesday’s revised start times had seen the matches eventually completed, the 100% win record Tuffy Western Province, Southern Gauteng and KZN Raiders teams went through to Friday’s semi-finals of the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Tournament with one of the five rounds in the preliminary, Pool stage, still to be played on Thursday.

The pick of Thursday’s matches could well be the battle between South Africa U21 and Northern Blues, which is effectively a quarter-final, the Blues having to win as their goal difference is inferior to the SA juniors.

Then of course there is the final game of the day, the much-anticipated match-up in Pool A between log leaders Tuffy Western Province – who are in stunning form – and slow-burning defending champions Southern Gauteng, who have 12 players with senior national colours.

At the time of writing the times and venues for Thursday’s final round of Pool matches had still to be determined.

The semi-finals and cross-pool playoffs are on Friday with the final and the classification matches on Saturday.

ALL THE A SECTION RESULTS – SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY

Sunday: Tuffy Western Province 5 North West 1; Southern Gauteng 5 Fain Eastern Province 0; KZN Raiders 11 KZN Mynahs 1; South Africa U21 5 Witwatersrand 0; KZN Inland 4 Free State 1; Northern Blues 3 Western Province Peninsula 2.

Monday: KZN Raiders 3 Western Province Peninsula 1; KZN Inland 6 North West 1; Southern Gauteng 4 Free State 2; South Africa U21 15 KZN Mynahs 0; Northern Blues 3 Witwatersrand 2; Tuffy Western Province 3 Fain Eastern Province 1.

Tuesday: South Africa U21 5 Western Province Peninsula 1; Witwatersrand 4 KZN Mynahs 1; Free State 2 Fain Eastern Province 1; Southern Gauteng 4 North West 0; KZN Raiders 4 Northern Blues 1, Tuffy Western Province 8 KZN Inland 0.

Wednesday: Witwatersrand 3 WP Peninsula 3; Fain Eastern Province 3 North West 1; Southern Gauteng 4 KZN Inland 1; KZN Raiders 3 South Africa U21 1; Northern Blues 8 KZN Mynahs 0; Tuffy Western Province 9 Free State 0.

A SECTION LOGS TO DATE
(All played 4)

Pool A: 1 Tuffy Western Province (23 Goal Difference) 12 points; 2 Southern Gauteng (14 GD) 12 pts; 3 KZN Inland (-3 GD) 6 pts; 4 Eastern Province (-6 GD) 3 pts; 5 Free State (-13 GD) 3 pts; 6 North West (-15 GD) 0 pts.

Pool B: 1 KZN Raiders (17 GD) 12 pts; 2 South Africa U21 (22 GD) 9 pts; 3 Northern Blues (5 GD) 7 pts; 4 Witwatersrand (-2 GD) 5 pts; 5 Western Province Peninsula (-7 GD) 1 pt; 6 KZN Mynahs (-35 GD) 0 pts.

THURSDAY FIXTURES
(Venues and times still to be determined)

A Section: Free State vs North West; KZN Mynahs vs Western Province Peninsula; KZN Raiders vs Witwatersrand; KZN Inland vs Eastern Province; South Africa U21 vs Northern Blues; Tuffy Western Province vs Southern Gauteng.

B Section: SA Country Districts’ vs Border; Eastern Province Settlers vs Namibia.

B SECTION RESULTS MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

Monday: Border 2 Eastern Province Settlers 1; Western Province Disas 5 Namibia 2.

Tuesday: Western Province Disas 4 Eastern Province Settlers 2; SA Country Districts 5 Namibia 1.

Wednesday: Western Province Disas 5 SA Country Districts 3; Border vs Namibia (Still to play).

SA Hockey Association media release



SAPHOLDA thrash NDK 6-0

Ghana's Defending seniors’ Greater Accra Hockey champions, SAPHOLDA, bounced back after last week’s humiliation to thrash hapless NDK Financiers 6-0 in a one-sided match while Exchequers halted Trustees from further stretching their lead in the Standard League with a 2-2 drawn game at the National Hockey Stadium last Saturday.

The win notwithstanding, SAPHOLDA were not particularly exceptional on the day except that NDK were a pale shadow of themselves and simply failed to glitter. Playing without arrowhead, Richmond Attipoe, and their founder, Oko Nikoi Dzani, NDK appeared also runs, and even found it difficult to trap the balls.

Man of the match, Francis Antwi, used his gifted speed to his advantage and completely tore the NDK defense into shreds while goalkeeper Adolf Adjei, who was hammered with six goals the previous week was exceptional, thwarting a few of the dangerous balls from the NDK attackers.

Antwi, affectionately called Fii, scored twice, including an individual solo effort when he rounded up the NDK defence before blasting it from the D in the 41st minute. James Mason scored a hattrick while Alfred Armah added another to make it six.

Runaway leaders in the main league, Trustees of SSNIT, played one of their tough games against Exchequers when they were held to a 2-2 drawn game before a sizeable crowd while Veterans battled Citizens International in an intense game before surrendering to a 0-1 loss.

The exciting Police team were held to a 1-1 drawn match against the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) while Extinguishers of the Ghana Fire Service trounced Veterans Ladies 5-0.

Golden Sticks continue to slump after losing 2-3 to Reformers of the Ghana Prisons Service, their second loss on the trot.

GhanaWeb



Hockey India League proposes franchise for Odisha

BHUBANESHWAR: The Hockey India League (HIL), a professional league for field hockey competition in the country, has displayed interest in owning an Odisha-based franchise for their second edition to be held in January next year.

A team of HIL officers, led by its general secretary Narendra Batra, met senior Odisha government officials here and made a presentation highlighting significance of holding a franchise in the league.

Odisha has a rich history of hockey and it has produced the international players like Ignes Tirkey, Dillip Tirkey, Lazrus Barla, Michel Kindo and 15 other known players in recent years, a presentation made by the HIL team apprised the officials.

They said the franchise in the league will promote sports at the grass-root level.

"It would increase community visibility and also be helpful for propagation of various potentialities of Odisha both at national and international levels. The league would focus on talent scouting in sports particularly hockey," they added.

The cost involvement in the franchise for 2014-15 was estimated around Rs 6 crore, which would also generate assured revenue of more than Rs 3 crore, said Batra.

Besides, the league would provide a broad platform for propagation of art, culture, industrial, tourism and other opportunities at national and international levels, he said.

The proposal for possibility of holding the franchise through SPV in partnership among state owned IDCO (industrial infrastructure development corporation), OMC (Odisha Mining Corporation) and other PSUs was discussed in the meeting presided over by chief secretary J K Mohapatra.

The Times of India



Better late than never

The Asian Hockey Federation will look towards introducing the video referral technology in major competitions in Asia beginning 2014.

In revealing this, AHF Secretary General Tan Sri P. Alagendra said that logistic and financial constraints had made it difficult for such equipment to be provided for the ongoing Asia Cup.

Nonerheless Alagendra admitted that technology plays an important part in the development of the sport and hence the emphasis of having the referral video could see it making its debut in Asian tournaments next year.

“It was considered for the Asia Cup but the hosts were not able to provide such a facility after having discussed the matter with the host broadcasters,” said Alagendra.

“While we understand the feelings of the teams, much must be taken into consideration, like the financial implications as well as it is not cheap.

“Still the AHF will strive towards introducing this in our major events from next year.”

On the issue with regards not implementing the 45 second penalty corner rule and the stick above the shoulder, Alagendra said that they had written to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) seeking exemption to applying the regulations in the asia Cup.

“The FIH granted our request and it was done so that it does not favour any team as not all have played under the rule which was only introduced in June this year for the World League,” clarified Alagendra.

However he was non committal on whether the regulations and the video referral will be introduced at the forthcoming AHF Champions trophy o be held in Japan from the 1st to 9th November.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Vietnam to make debut in Myanmar SEA Games

Vietnam has served a surprise by confirming participation in both the men and women’s hockey competition in the SEA Games to be held in Myanmar this December.

However their participation hit a snag as they have yet to be affiliated to the Asian Hockey Federation.

But the matter is expected to be resolved at the AHF Council meeting to be held in Ipoh on September 1st as Vietnam will be admitted as interim member of the AHF to facilitate their participation in the regional games.

A total of seven countries, including Vietnam have confirmed participation in the hockey event that will be contested in Yangon from December 11 to 20. The others are Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia and hosts Myanmar.

It is indded a pleasant surprise that Vietnam are keen to participate in the SEA Games and everything is being done to facilitate their participation, ” said AHF Secretary General Tan Sri P.Alagendra.

“WE at AHF will extend all our assistance in technical areas as well. However Vietnam will need to show us their progress plans in order for us to approve their interim membership into AHF.”

The participation of Vietnam is seen as the first step towards forming a competitive team to play in the 2019 Asian games that they will host.

In addition this will boost the developmemt of the sport and the Malaysian Hockey Federation could extend an invite to them to play in the forthcoming Razak Cup to be held in Kuantan from September 5-15.

Meanwhile Alagendra also revealed that Hockey Australia had written in to the AHF for consideration to be invited as a guest team for all Asian Indoor tournaments commencing 2014.

“This matter has been handed over to the Indoor and Competition Committees for consideration and a decision is expected at the Council meeting this Sunday,” added Alagendra.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



2012 ACC Champions North Carolina ranked first in 2013 preseason poll


The 2013 Tar Heels return 12 letterwinners from the 2012 team, along with 10 newcomers. North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in the 2013 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I preseason poll. The poll was released Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The Tar Heels, Division I championship runners-up in 2012, received 33 of 50 first place votes, with the others split between No. 2 Maryland (eight) and No. 3 Princeton (nine), the defending national champion.

All seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked in the poll behind UNC at No. 1 and Maryland at No. 2. New ACC member Syracuse is No. 5, Virginia is No. 7, Duke is No. 10, Wake Forest is No. 18 and Boston College is No. 19.

The Tar Heels open the 2013 season on Friday at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.

The Tar Heels will take on Villanova Sunday at noon in a neutral-site game played in Newark, Del.

In 2012, UNC finished 23-2 and won its second consecutive ACC Championship title. The Tar Heels return 12 letterwinners from that team, along with 10 newcomers and three players who redshirted during the previous season.

NCAA courtesy North Carolina Athletics



Jalandhar family’s pride: Dhyan Chand’s magic stick

Aparna Banerji



Gurdev Singh shows the legend’s stick, in Jalandhar

As India  celebrates hockey legend Dhyan Chand’s birthday and National Sports Day today, Jalandhar has a special reason to cheer: A precious artefact belonging to the wizard lies preserved in the heart of the city.

Wielded at the Berlin stadium during the 1936 Olympics, Dhyan Chand’s magic stick even had the Fuhrer (Adolf Hitler) awestruck. As a crowd of 40,000 spectators cheered, the Indian team dealt a blow to the Germans in the final. An initially miffed Hitler, had later, famously offered Dhyan Chand a key post in his army and a German citizenship, which the Indian captain politely refused.

The sporting icon’s stick, preserved in a glass case, now lies in the house of a government contractor, Gurdev Singh, who is the custodian of this sporting legacy which has been with the family since 1960s. The stick was gifted by Dhyan Chand to his businessman friend and Gurdev Singh’s maternal grandfather Puran Singh during his military posting in Punjab.

Of huge heritage importance today, it bears the signatures of Dhyan Chand (Captain) and his teammates of the 1936 squad. “During my childhood, I had no idea about the value of the stick. I wanted to play with it, so I kept on demanding it from my grandfather. But he always told me it is too precious for playing,” says Gurdev.

“I remember seeing it in my mother’s trunk, where it lay for years. It was only in the 1990s that we got to know about its importance and got a glass case made to protect it,” he says.

In 2008, an article on Gurdev’s “treasure” appeared in a newspaper and it was only after that the people came to know about it. In 2009, the Punjab Government — with efforts of then, Director Sports, Pargat Singh — contacted Gurdev for displaying the stick during Punjab Gold Cup in Chandigarh.

“During the tournament, I was told to hold the stick and take a round of the stadium. I saw people rushing in to catch a glimpse of the stick and click photographs. It was then I came to know about its true worth. That night I was very scared on my way back to Jalandhar. It was like I had a precious diamond in my hand,” says Gurdev. Gurdev has been approached by many sports firms to sell the stick but he has refused to let it go.

“The stick was a gift by my father to the family and I wouldn’t want it to give it away,” said Dhyan Chand’s son, Ashok Kumar.

Kumar said authorities at National Sports Museum, Patiala (being run under the Sports Authority of India) have never even bothered to enquire about the precious artifact. It says a lot about their sense of responsibility towards items of sports heritage,” he said.

On the state of hockey, he said: “The government has not been able to retain the glory of the sport.”

Classy stuff

  • During the Berlin Olympics, Dhyan Chand’s stick work — termed magical — drew crowds to the stadium from far and wide
  • A German newspaper even carried a headline, “The Olympic complex now has a magic show too”
  • People often remarked that the ball seemed never to leave Dhyan Chand’s stick. The Germans also demanded a change of Dhyan Chand’s stick during the final
  • Dhyan Chand scored three (of the total eight) goals in the final

The Tribune



Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand's life told in graphic biography

Biswajyoti Brahma




NEW DELHI: Get ready to see hockey legend Dhyan Chand in action, in a brand new avatar. A publishing house is launching a graphic biography on the celebrated icon in the Capital on Thursday to commemorate the player's birth anniversary. It is the first of its kind on Dhyan Chand, considered the greatest player in hockey.

"Dhyan Chand is a huge figure in the world of sport. He is the perfect role model, perfect icon for young people. In fact, he was the first choice when we thought of doing graphic novels on sports personalities," Reena Puri, editor of Amar Chitra Katha, told TOI on Wednesday.

"Though adults know about Dhyan Chand, the younger generation does not know enough about him. So this is an attempt to ensure that the Gen Next knows about the tremendous contributions of Dhyan Chand."

The book will primarily illustrate Dhyan Chand's playing career. "Our script writer started from the time Dhyan Chand joined the army and picked up the stick literally for the first time. So it's a story of Dhyan Chand through hockey and hockey through Dhyan Chand. This is about him as a player," she said.

Puri said Dhyan Chand played at a time when there was hardly any colour photography, so it was a challenge for her team to pick colours for jerseys of players.

"We have used information extensively from his autobiography, and have watched video clippings of his Berlin Olympics matches. We also read stories on him on the internet and also spoke with hockey players who knew Dhyan Chand to get details on him.

"The biggest challenge came when we were doing the colour. There was no reference to team colours. So we wrote to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and asked them for references on colours. They did not had anything as those were black and white days. So we asked other players, who said the colours have more or less remained the same over the years. The basic has remained the same. We looked at the current colours and adapted them for the players in the book," she said.

The Times of India


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Dhyan Chand's 1936 Berlin Olympics magic caught on Nazi filmmaker's camera

Indranil Basu


NEW DELHI: India's hockey gold medal win at the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics - counted as amongst India's greatest sporting moments - could soon be part of Indian film archives if the efforts of Dhyan Chand's family bear fruit. But The Wizard's son Ashok Kumar said it won't be an easy task and he may have to seek the government's help in procuring them.

Led by the hockey maestro, the team - participating under the title 'British India hockey team' - gave Hitler's Germany an 8-1 drubbing in the men's final.

The 31-year-old Dhyan Chand scored a hat-trick and a 70-minute film of the game has been tracked down, stowed away by the family of Leni Rifenstahl, the famous Nazi-propaganda filmmaker in Berlin. In five games at the Games, Dhyan Chand's team scored 38 goals and conceded just one.

According to Ashok, a Dhyan Chand-researcher Hemant Dubey stumbled upon the finding during his investigations.

On eve of Dhyan Chand's 108th birth anniversary - also marked as India's National Sports Day - Ashok told TOI that he and Dubey have been instrumental in establishing contacts with Rifenstahl's family members through the German Consulate in the hope of bringing the tapes to India.

"We have just managed to touch base with concerned people who are in possession of those tapes. Hopefully, we will be able to get them at the earliest," Ashok said on Wednesday.

"They have laid down stringent conditions and it may not be possible for me personally to fulfill them. If need be we will take the help of the Indian government to get those recordings," he added.

A two-time hockey Olympian and a great forward himself, Ashok won bronze in Munich 1972 and was a World Cup winner in 1975. He added that he didn't possess any clips of that historic final match but only had photographs.

Captured on celluloid as part of " Olympia", a two-part documentary by Rifenstahl who was handpicked and commissioned by Hitler to make a film on the Berlin Olympics, there is enough material on the final - a rare German defeat at the Games. It is retained in the film, thought by many to depict the Nazi idea of fairplay.

Dubey stumbled about their existence only a few days ago when he was informed about the existence of such a tape.

"Clippings from that final match are available in bits and pieces. If you join them, it can make for a 20 to 25-minute video. But if you have the entire match in one sequence, it will be our biggest achievement," said Dubey.

It is possible that there are passages of the film that were edited out of Rifenstahl's film, and that could be stored with her family, and Dubey believes there is enough evidence to show that more clips other than just the final match exist.

"I am told that there are other clips of the matches involving India in the group games as well. It would be nice to get them all," he added.

Rifenstahl was a controversial figure during the Nazi regime whose otherwise innovative filmmaking skills were utilised mainly as propaganda by Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.

The Indian team's performance served as one of the two major events at the Games that helped shatter a lot of Hitler's Nazi myths.

Coloured US sprinter Jesse Owens' four-gold streak was the other, and legend has it that the Fuhrer was so impressed by Dhyan Chand's wizardry with the stick that he offered the Indian a chance to move to Germany and the post of Colonel in his army, which the Indian is said to have declined with a smile.

The Times of India