News for 12 June 2010

All the news for Saturday 12 June 2010

FIH confirms teams for Youth Olympic Games

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed the teams who will participate in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore from 16-25 August 2010.

Six boy’s and six girl’s teams will participate in the hockey tournament of the 1st YOG. The FIH is pleased that in both competitions all five continents are involved. The IOC qualification criteria only allowed the host nation to nominate one team for the hockey competitions and Singapore opted to play in the boy’s competition. This opened up a second quota for Europe in the Girl’s competition.

The FIH will release the match schedule for the YOG hockey tournament mid-June.

The following teams will take part in the YOG:

Boy’s Competition:

* Singapore (host)
* Pakistan (Asia)
* Ghana (Africa)
* Belgium (Europe)
* Australia (Oceania)
* Chile (Pan America)

Girl’s Competition:

* Korea (Asia)
* South Africa (Africa)
* Netherlands (Europe)
* Ireland (2nd European quota)
* New Zealand (Oceania)
* Argentina (Pan America)

The FIH will launch a special micro site for the YOG Hockey Tournament early July.

For more information about the YOG, please click here.


National forward Faisal steers Terengganu into hockey q-finals

NATIONAL forward Faisal Saari scored a brace to steer Terengganu to an impressive 3-1 win over Pahang in a Group D men’s hockey match at the Malacca Hockey Stadium yesterday to qualify for the quarter-finals.

It was Terengganu’s second win after a 5-3 victory over Selangor on Thursday. They will wrap up their group fixtures against Kelantan on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Faisal gave Terengganu the lead off their first penalty corner in the 11 minute.

Pahang, who outplayed Kelantan 4-0 on Thursday, equalised through national defender Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin in the 58th off a penalty corner.

But Terengganu came back strongly in the last eight minutes of the match to score two quick goals in the space of four minutes. Faisal was on target in the 62nd off a penalty corner and Mohd Firhan Ashaari scored a field goal to seal the match.

Terengganu coach Nik Rozemi Nik Mohamed said that he was happy with the fighting spirit showed by his boys, especially in the late stages of the game.

“Although we are through to the quarter-finals, we will still go all out for a win against Kelantan to stay unbeaten in our group,” said Rozemi.

Penang also book a place in the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win over Sarawak in Group C.

Group A: Kedah 0 K. Lumpur 5.

Group C: Sarawak 1 Penang 4.

Group D: Terengganu 3 Pahang 1, Selangor 4 Kelantan 2.


Group B: Sabah vs Johor (9am).


Group A: K. Lumpur vs Malacca (7pm).

Group B: Johor vs N. Sembilan (8am).

Group C: Penang vs Perak (3pm).

Group D: Kelantan vs Terengganu (5pm), Selangor vs Pahang (5pm).

The Star of Malaysia

Lahore and Sialkot qualify for final

Staff Report

LAHORE: Lahore will clash with Sialkot in the final of the PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament after registering victories in their respective semifinals at National Stadium here on Friday. Lahore beat Karachi II 1-0 and while Sialkot outplayed Faisalabad 4-0. The final will be played at the same venue on Saturday (today). Federal minister for sports Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani will be the chief guest on the occasion. The classification match for the third position, between Faisalabad and Karachi II, will be played at 3: 00 pm.

Lahore faced strong opposition from Karachi who put everything into attack to maintain their winning streak in the event but eventually ran out of luck as Lahore struck the golden goal in the second session. After a hotly contested empty first half, the game was fought on the same pattern in the second session in which both teams displayed finer hockey in dribbling, passing and collective moves on a hot day. Lahore, who lost all three short corners of the play, hammered the all important goal through Owais ur Rehman in the 38th minute to seal the fate of their opponents who could not equalize despite coming across some ideal sitters.

In the second semifinal, Sialkot were 1-0 up the end of first half against Faisalabad as there was no scoring in the second half. Sialkot demonstrated their true touch in the third session, slamming three more goals to leave the issue beyond the reach of Faisalabad whose aggression faded away in the dying moments of the game. Sialkot took lead through Owais Muzamil with 8th minute goal followed by 45th minute penalty corner goal by Ahsan Khaliq while Nohez Malik sparkled with two successive field goals in the 48th and 51st minutes. Sialkot gained six penalty corners as Faisalabad forced four similar opportunities.

The Daily Times


IWHF meeting illegal: Stokes

M.S. Unnikrishnan

Hockey India president Vidya Stokes stated here today that the meeting called by the former Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) on June 12 in Delhi was "illegal". "The meeting being called by a few individuals of former IWHF on 12th May, 2010 (the date has been wrongly given, it is in fact June 12) is illegal/invalid since it is not called by the president or with the approval of the president", said Stokes, who is the former president of the IWHF.

She said no office-bearer or individual, except the president, can call a meeting of the Executive Board or General Council of the IWHF. The meeting has been called by former secretry of the IWHF Amrit Bose, who is now aligned with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), whose suspension has been lifted by a ruling of the Delhi High Court recently. In fact, the IHF, headed by KPS Gill, has already gained some ligitimacy as its general council meeting in Delhi on June 6, was attended by an observer of the Union Sports Ministry.

Stokes pointed out that the IWHF was disaffiliated by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in 2000 as its merger with the IHF to form a unified body of Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC), as mandated by the FIH, had "inherent deficiencies" and therfore, in 2008, the FIH decided to disassociate itself from the IHC and thereafter Hockey

India came into being. The formation of the IHC was meant to handle the hockey affairs of both men and women at the domestic and international level, but the merger process was unacceptable to the FIH." Stokes said during the merger of the IHF and the IWHF, the IWHF secretary (Mrs Bose) attended all the board meetings of Hockey India "in which merged unites were approved from November 2009 to January 2010".

She said the "mergers were also approved and verified by the Government of India and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports observers, IOA and FIH", adding that "the merger was done with the women getting their due share, and each member (State/UT) will send two representatives to Hockey India for which one will be a male and another female". "Smt. Bose informed that the IWHF has already conveyed its written acceptance to the IOA for the proposed merger (with Hockey India), and would comply with all the reguirements in this regard", Stokes noted.

She said since hosting of the World Cup in India was at stake, "I, as president of the IWHF, gave consent to president of the IOA, vide letter dated 3rd December, 2008, bearing No IWHF/48/132/246, giving consent of the IWHF to merge into the new body Hockey India for running men and women hockey in India".

The Tribune

Andhra inter-district hockey tournament

Principal Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: West Godavari, East Godavari, Anantapur, and Kadapa have made it to the semifinals of the 1 {+s} {+t} Andhra Pradesh inter-district hockey tournament for youth girls at Zilla Parishad High Schools grounds at Kovvali near Eluru on Friday.

West Godavari defeated Chittoor 1-0 while Kapada scored an emphatic 7-0 win over Kurnool. Anantapur blanked Guntur 5-0 while East Godavari beat Nizamabad 4-0 to top the table.

League results:

Kadapa 7 (V. Ashwini 2, Deva Kumari 2, Jayalakshmi, Sujatha, A. Ashwini) bt Kurnool 0.

Nizamabad 2 (B. Roshini, T. Sowmya) bt Nellore 0, Anantapur 5 (V. Nagamani 3, Geetha, Sneha Latha) bt Guntur 0, Krishna 8 (Bhargavi 4, Padma 2, Revathi 2) bt Srikakulam 0.

West Godavari 1 (Ester Rani) bt Chittoor 0, Guntur 3 (Pavani 2, Vishnu Priya) bt Srikakulam 0.

Vizag 6 (T. Padma 3, D. Bhavani 2 Hemalatha,) bt Kurnool 0, East Godavari 4 (K. Poornima 2, G. Alekhya, D. Sravani) bt Nizamabad 0.

The Hindu