News for 13 June 2010

All the news for Sunday 13 June 2010

SA Women in China

By Kokkie Sieling

Two rest days - visiting the Great Wall of China and exploring Beijing a little more ended the 1st half of our tour to China.

8 Days – 6 matches remaining.

Thursday 10 June and the girls were ready to start the second half of what they came to do – train, train and train some more. A lot of game related exercises and a lot of running! But this is what we need if we want to become number 6 and compete with the teams in the top half of the rankings.

Friday – a training session in the morning and then the 1st test of the last 6. Half time score 4 – 0 and with a full time score of 7 – 1 not one we would want to dwell on too long. Back at home the long awaited opening ceremony of the Soccer World Cup. The Ambassador organized for the SA students in Beijing to watch the opening ceremony and 1st game on big screen and we joined them. It was very nice to be among fellow South Africans watching your National team participating in such an event.

With the time difference and the game only starting at 22:00 in China the girls did not have a training session this morning. Individual sessions were held and each player made aware of their strong and weak points.

Then the game and what a game! Half time score was 0 – 0. They only managed to score their first goal in the 14th minute of the second half. At some stages we played very good hockey and created a few scoring opportunities. An area we are sure to become better at as a lot of work is being put into goal scoring and this will definitely pay dividends in the long run. Final score 3 – 0 and I am sure some of the big names in China’s team will come out firing tomorrow.

SA Hockey Association media release

KL win three titles in the national schools hockey championships


PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur were the big winners in the MSSM (national schools) hockey championships, which ended at the KL Hockey Stadium here yesterday.

KL featured in four finals and emerged as the champions in three categories.

They won the boys’ Under-18 competition and also lifted both the boys’ and girls’ Under-12 titles. The one that got away was in the girls’ Under-18 event, losing 1-2 to Kedah in the final.

In the boys’ Under-18 final, KL were in good form to beat Perak 3-0.

Mohamed Shahril Sa’abah was the toast of the team, scoring two penalty corner goals in the 15th and 20th minutes to put KL on the road to victory. Mohamed Nor Aqmal Ghaffar was on target in the 50th minute for the third goal.

Coach Saiful Munir was elated that it turned out to be a good day for KL in the finals of the championships.

“This will boost the game in KL schools as more students will take up the game. We are very happy that we made the finals in all categories,” he said.

“We lost in the semi–finals of the Under-18 boys’ competition last year and we are happy to win the title this time.”

The KL girls’ Under-18 side conceded a goal in the very last minute of play to hand Kedah the title.

Kedah took the lead through Rosiayana Mohamd Desa in the 11th minute and KL equalised in the 53rd minute through Zhulaili Zakaria. Kedah surged forward in a last-ditch attempt to net the winner and Rosiayana found the mark off a goalmouth melee.

KL won the Under-12 titles in contrasting fashions. The boys defeated Terengganu 2-1 while the girls, who lost 1-4 to Kelantan, were handed the title after their opponents were disqualified for having overaged players in the team.

In the boys’ final, Mohamed Shafiq Ghani scored both the goals for KL in the 20th and 32nd minutes and emerged as the competition’s top scorer with 14 goals. Terengganu’s goal was scored by Mohamed Shafiq Izzuddin in the 33rd minute.



Third-place playoff: Penang 2 Terengganu 1.
Final: Kuala Lumpur 3 Perak 0.


Third-place playoff: Selangor 3 Penang 0.
Final: Kuala Lumpur 2 Terengganu 1.


Third-place playoff: Pahang 3 Kelantan 1.
Final: Kedah 2 Kuala Lumpur 1.


Third-place playoff: Johor 1 Perak 0.
Final: Kelantan 4 Kuala Lumpur 1 (KL decalred as champions after Kelantan were disqualified for using overaged players).

Roll of honour


Best player of tournament: Mohamed Taufiq Abdul Hamid (Kul).
Best goalkeeper: Mohamed Alif Mohamed Azman (Prk).
Top scorer: Shahril Sa’abah (Kul) and Jasdev Singh (Prk) – five goals.


Best player: Mohamed Ikhram Azham (Ter).
Best goalkeeper: Mohamed Suhayi (Kul).
Top scorer: Mohamed Shafiq Ghani (Kul) – 14 goals.


Best player: Mawaddah Abu Bakar (Ked).
Best goalkeeper: Noorul Azwani (Ter).
Top scorer: Risiana Mohd Desa (Ked) – 9 goals.


Best player: Nur Zafirah Aziz (Kul).
Best goalkeeper: Nor Syakila Awang (Joh).
Top scorer: Norrobiatun Norhisham (Kul) – 11 goals.

The Star of Malaysia

Kelantan Under-12 Girls stripped for cheating

By Jugjet Singh

KELANTAN received a slap on the face when they were stripped of their Malaysian Sports Schools Girls’ Under-12 hockey title at the Kuala Lumpur HA Stadium yesterday.

Kelantan had beaten Kuala Lumpur 4-1 in the final, but they were disqualified from the tournament after KL lodged a report that they had fielded an over-aged player.

In the centre of controversy was Wan Norhidayah Wan Helmi, who was alleged to have registered using another girls Identity Card.

KL were awarded the title in default, and it took their total haul to three crowns in the tournament.

In the Boys Under-12 KL beat Terengganu 2-1, while in the Boys Under-18 KL beat Perak 3-0.

The only title that slipped from KL’s grip was in the Girls Under-18, which Kedah won 2-1.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Indian hockey team felicitated

Emcure Pharmaceuticals recently felicitated the Indian hockey team which won the Sultan Azlan Shah Trophy in Malaysia.

Each member of the team was presented a cheque of Rs 25,000 and a memento.

Emcure Pharmaceutical COO,Arun Khanna and CEO, Satish Mehta expressed their views about their passion for the game and the objective of the felicitation function. Col. Lalit Rai VrC (Retd.) offered the vote of thanks.

Apart from the members of the Indian hockey team, Emcure also felicitated hockey great Ajit Pal Singh, legendary cricketer Chandu Borde and renowned presenter Anupam Gulati who were also present at the function.

The team visited had Emcure Pharmaceuticals ltd. Pune before they embarked on their trip to Malaysia.

The team was addressed by CEO Satish Mehta, COO Arun Khanna, COO, Emcure & Col Lalit Rai, VrC (Retd.

Indian Express

IWHF hopeful of merger with IHF

Sports Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) has expressed confidence that it would be able to form a merged body of men and women soon along with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

IWHF Secretary-General Amrit Bose on Saturday slammed Hockey India (HI) for its undemocratic functioning and stressed the formation of a “proper hockey body.”

Addressing a press conference after a special general body meeting (SGM) of the IWHF, Mrs. Bose said a five-member sub-committee of the IWHF would hold negotiations with a similar panel of the IHF to chalk out the modalities of the merger.

“I have completed 12 years and as per Government guidelines I will not fight any elections. But, I am in favour of giving the women their rights. They should not be sidelined in the process (of merger),” said Mrs Bose, while criticising HI's “faulty procedures” in granting affiliations to state associations.

She said the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should “change its attitude” and help form a unified hockey body in a democratic way. Mrs. Bose, who claimed the presence of 22 units in the SGM (which was also attended by Government observer P. Bhattacharjee), said first the merger would be held at the National level and later at the state level (as per the status of the units in 2008).

Mrs. Bose, however, said she did not have any reservations in talking to HI. “But why do not they come to us?” she said.

The IWHF rejected its President Vidya Stokes's claim that she had given her consent for the merger of the women's body with HI. “Mrs. Stokes never sought permission from the general house, she did not have the authority to take such a decision,” Mrs. Bose said.

The IWHF would write to the Union Sports Ministry to restore its status and authorise it to run women's hockey in the country until an elected and unified body took over. It is also planning to hold various National championships in August and September.

The Hindu

IWHF says it is initiating "merger" process with IHF

NEW DELHI: The Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) on Saturday claimed that it is back in business and has initiated the process of merger with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to form a "democratically elected" body.

Questioning the existence of Hockey India (HI), IWHF secretary Amrit Bose demanded the reinstatement of the IHF and the federation controlled by her as 21 state units attended Saturday's Special Annual General Meeting (SAGM), making it two thirds of the federation strength.

Interestingly, Bose announced that the IWHF is in full agreement of the government guidelines for sports bodies, fixing tenure of office bearers, and that she would not be a candidate for any post in the unified federation.

"My days are over and my job now is to mentor and groom younger generation," Bose said.

Bose's grouse against HI is that it has completely sidelined the women during the merger.

"The HI affiliation committee kept changing, adding new members of their choice. As a member of the committee, I protested and they threw me out. The women from the merged state units were not given representation in HI. You cannot throw us (women) just like that, we have every right to be in the national federation," said Bose.

IWHF sprang to life after the Delhi High Court quashed the suspension of the IHF by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

She said IWHF will hold the sub-junior, junior, and senior nationals in August-September.

"We have also written to the sports ministry to restore our status and allow us to function from our previous office. They have sent an observer for this meeting and we are hopeful that the government will hear us out."

"We have to think about the players. They are very disappointed. There has been no activity on the ground in the last couple of years since HI has taken over."

Bose said the IWHF has formed a three-member sub-committee which will talk with IHF the process of merger of two federations.

"The IHF has also formed a five-member committee and we will be meeting shortly to formulate our policy for merger at the top level and later at the state level. We will soon hold the elections and give shape to a constitutional and democratic federation."

Bose contested IWHF president Vidya Stokes's claim that the women's federation has been merged with HI.

"What merger is she talking about when HI has repeatedly failed to hold election. And she never consulted any IWHF member before giving the permission of the merger of the IWHF with HI."

"The IWHF members today unanimously condemned the procedural lapses committed by the IOA in disaffiliating the IWHF and also the action of the IWHF president in showing undue haste in getting it disaffiliated without getting the approval of the general body."

The Times of India

Bose does a Gill, says won't contest HI election

NEW DELHI: Following in the footsteps of IHF chief KPS Gill, Indian Women Hockey Federation secretary Amrit Bose too on Saturday backed the government's contentious tenure limitation guidelines and made it clear that she will not contest the much-awaited elections of the national body.

"I am not contesting the election because we (IWHF) have accepted the government guidelines (on tenure limitation). I will now play a mentor role and will groom the younger generation," Bose said after the IWHF's Special General Meeting.

After reinstatement of IHF, Gill, who ruled Indian hockey for nearly 15 years, had last week supported the Sports Ministry's decision to fix the tenure of presidents of Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations at 12 years with or without break and said he will not contest Hockey India polls.

According to the ministry regulations, the secretary generals and the treasurers' tenure was fixed at eight years at a stretch. The guidelines also advocate a retirement age of 70 years.

Bose, meanwhile, claimed that Saturday's meeting was attended by a two-third majority and only six states -- Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir -- gave it a miss.

She said they had also formed a five-member sub-committee to chalk out the modalities of the merger with IHF.

"21 states out of 31 attended today's Special General Meeting. Apart from them, three states in Jharkhand, Bengal and Tripura had sent their solidarity letter with us," the IWHF secretary said.

"In the meeting we discussed the merger of state associations. We formed a five-member committee which will initiate dialogues with IHF very shortly to formulate and make policies of merger of the two federations at the national level and later at the state level.

"We will be making sure that elections are held at the earliest so that a democratic body is formed," Bose said.

Bose criticised IOA and Hockey India's handling of the game in the last two years and informed that the IWHF has decide to conduct the nationals in August-September this year.

"For the last two years, everyday Hockey India members kept on changing. No minutes of the meetings were circulated to anybody. Hockey India failed to conducted the nationals in the last two years.

"I had written to IOA president (Suresh Kalmadi) in May 2009, saying that the procedures followed by them was undemocratic and then voluntarily walked out of Hockey India," she said.

"They (Hockey India) could not hold the election so far. What was the delay and why was the delay? They are making mockery of hockey in the country. The game is suffering because of vested interests of a few people. The IOA also need to change its attitude towards hockey," Bose added.

However, like Gill she also did not rule out the possibility of joining hands with Hockey India.

"I have no reservation provided they (Hockey India) come forward," Bose said.

Bose was particularly critical of former IWHF chief and present Hockey India president Vidya Stokes, who had questioned the legitimacy of today's meeting.

"Who is she (Stokes) to merge IWHF with Hockey India. Ms Stokes did not have the authority to do so as she did not consult the general house of IWHF before taking the decision," she said.

The IWHF secretary said the federation would provide the minutes of today's meeting, which was also attended by a government observer, to the Sports Ministry as well as the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

"We will pass on the minutes of the meeting to the ministry and FIH. We are going to write to the ministry, asking it to give us back our old status.

"We will request the ministry to allot us a office in the National Stadium to start our activities afresh. We will also ask for grant from the ministry," Bose said.

The Times of India