News for 20 July 2010

All the news for Tuesday 20 July 2010

India defeat France 4-3 at Paris

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India edged past France 4-3 in a fiercely contested first Test at Insep, Paris on Sunday.

India who led 2-1 at half time struck goals through Tushar Khandker (5th min.), Sandeep Singh (12th and 65th min.) and Rajpal Singh (69th min.) while Fredric Soyez scored a hat trick for France in the 6th, 51st and 68th minutes.

India began aggressively and nearly took the lead in the 3rd minute but Dharamvir Singh fumbled inside the circle.

Two minutes later Sandeep Singh sent an overhead pass to Indian skipper Rajpal Singh who darted along the backline and passed to Khandker who beat French goalkeeper Mathias Dierckems.

France came back and leveled the score in the 6th minute when Soyez encashed on a defensive lapse by Sarvanjit Singh and Danish Mujtaba and beat goalkeeper Bharat Chetri to his left.

India continued to attack and missed a few good chances as Mandip Antil, Amir Khan and Dharamvir were off target.

However, in the 12th minute Amir received a pass from Ravi Pal but was blocked in the circle by Thibaunt Blondel which resulted in India's first penalty corner. The inform Sandeep Singh strode confidently to put India 2-1 ahead.

In the second half France played full court to get the equalizer but Gurbaj Singh, Bharat Chikara and Dhananjay Mahadik foiled their attempts initially.

However Soyes scored their second goal in the 51st minute after wrong footing Sandeep Singh and restored parity.

India took a 3-2 lead in the 65th minute from their second penalty corner which was converted by Sandeep Singh after Khandker was obstructed cutting into the circle from the left.

France fought back gallantl to again find the equilizer three minutes later as Soyez was brought down in the 23 meter area resulting in a penalty corner. The French veteran flicked the ball past Chetri to score is hat trick.

With the pendelum swinging from one side to the another, India found the match winner in the 69th minute with Raj Pal Singh slamming home from a cross by Gurbaj Singh.

India will now play the second of the three match series at the same venue today.

India beat France 4-3 in first hockey Test

NEW DELHI: Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continued his red-hot form and struck twice as India defeated France 4-3 in the keenly-contested first hockey Test at the National Institute of Sport and Expert Performance (INSEP) in Paris.

India struck goals through Sandeep, who converted two penalty corners in the 12th and 65th minute, Tushar Khandker (5th) and captain Rajpal Singh (69th), while Fredric Soyez scored a hat trick (6th, 51st and 68th) for France in the first game of the three-match series on Sunday.

High on confidence after their 2-0 series win over Belgium last week, the Indians began aggressively and nearly took the lead in the third minute but for Dharamvir Singh, who fumbled inside the circle.

But two minutes later, India surged ahead when Khandker sailed the ball into the net past French goalkeeper Mathias Dierckems after he was set up by Rajpal.

France retaliated back a minute later and drew parity when Soyez encashed on a defensive lapse by Sarvanjit Singh and Danish Mujtaba to put the ball into the net past Indian goalkeeper Bharat Chetri.

The Indians, however, were not pegged back by the French goal as they continued to attack. The visitors missed a few good scoring chances with Mandip Antil, Amir Khan and Dharamvir guilty of shooting wide off the target.

India got its lead back in the 12th minute through Sandeep, who sounded the board with a fierce drag-flick from the team's first penalty corner, earned after Amir was blocked inside the circle by French defender Thibaunt Blondel.

After the change of ends, France played full court in search of the equaliser but the Indian backline of Gurbaj Singh, Bharat Chikara and Dhananjay Mahadik stood tall to foil their attempts.

However, a brilliant Soyes made it 2-2 for the hosts in the 51st minute after wrong footing Sandeep.

It was roller-coaster of a match which saw pendulum swinging from one side to the another till the very last minute.

With five minutes from the end, India took the lead again after Sandeep converted his and the team's second set piece of the day, only to see France claw its way back into the match through Soyez, who scored his hat-trick in the 68th minute from a shot corner

But Rajpal broke the hearts of the home team when he found the match winner seconds from the hooter.

The Times of India

India survive French scare

India fought their way to a 4-3 victory over France in the first hockey Test at the French National Institute of Sport and Physical Education (INSEP) in Paris.  India who led 2-1 at half time got goals through Tushar Khandker, Sandeep Singh and Rajpal Singh while Fredric Soyez scored a hat-trick for France in the 6th, 51st and 68th minutes.

India took the lead in the third minute. Rajpal, fed by an overhead pass by Sandeep, darted along the backline and passed to Khandker, who beat French goalkeeper Mathias Dierckems.

France levelled when Soyez cashed in on a defensive lapse by Sarvanjit Singh and Danish Mujtaba and beat goalkeeper Bharat Chetri to his left.

However, in the 12th minute, India's got their first penalty corner and Sandeep was swift to put India 2-1 ahead.

Soyes scored their second goal in the second half and restored parity.

But India nosed ahead to a 3-2 lead when Sandeep successfully converted the second penalty corner.

France found the equaliser three minutes later through Soyez.Rajpal struck the winner.

Hindustan Times

Germany coach turned off by video reviews

By Bruce Hamilton

NOTTINGHAM: Germany's hockey coach Michael Behrmann believes video technology needs to be reviewed after his side twice fell foul of the system at the Champions Trophy.

On both occasions, the incidents happened against old rivals England, including Sunday's 2-1 defeat in the bronze medal match of the elite women's tournament.

"Before the tournament I thought it would be something good to have video referrals. Now I think there are lots and lots of questions and lots of things to discuss," said Behrmann.

On Sunday, England used their video umpire appeal to reverse a penalty corner awarded to Germany with 11 minutes to play.

In a midweek group game, Germany had a penalty corner goal disallowed when the video referral confirmed that the shot taker had both feet illegally inside the pitch.

"I think we had some really crazy situations this week and I hope the FIH (International Hockey Federation) take a good look at it. No one wants to have a video referral for a foot on the line or a foot wherever," said Behrmann.

"This is unbearable and it is not what we want to have. We need to improve the time to decide the video referral. It is unbelievable that it is taking so long."

New Straits Times

Army-Railways match drawn

S. Thyagarajan

SUPER FINISH! Chengappa (left) of Indian Railways clebrating with Chinglen Sana (right) after scoring the equaliser a minute before the hooter against Army XI. Photo: M. Vedhan

There was a cornucopia of goals in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament on Monday. A total of 22 goals came on the board from three matches.

And at the end of the day, there was one clear picture; the entry of ONGC into the semi-final from Pool A with nine points from a sequence of three victories, the last against Namdhari by the odd goal in five.

More than statistics, the goals— some were truly spectacular— mirrored the intensity of the competition as the splendid fight-back that Railways showed— the team obtained fourth goal equalizer (4-4) one minute before close— against the Army in a Pool A encounter at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium.

A stunning deflection by Chengappa seconds before the hooter stupefied goal-keeper P.T. Rao.

The Army, after pushing back all the bitterness generated from the tempestuous encounter on Sunday leading to an assault on the umpire, performed with palpable assurance, especially after trailing 1-3 shortly past the half-time and leading 4-3 when only three minutes remained.

The ding-dong battle kept the crowd in good cheer throughout. It was Ignace who led the goal riot in his inimitable style for Army but before the break Innocent Kullu made use of a stroke to bring the teams on par.

After that break Railways enjoyed spells of ascendency as Chenglein Sana netted, followed by the fine effort from Sunil Yadhav who tapped in an accurate cross from Deepak Ekka.

Then it was Army's turn to exert pressure after goal-keeper P.T. Rao had brought of a few smart saves. A sharp flick by Jerum Kujur followed by a penalty corner strike by Reneil Singh pushed Army on top.

But the happiness of the lead provide evanescent when Chengappa deflected a well angled cross from Vivek Singh.

The two seasoned stars in the IOC squad performed their task to perfection in piloting their team to its second successive victory in Pool B. Deepak Thakur, always a delight to behold when on the move or meeting the pass inside the circle, netted three goals in the 6-3 score. Not far behind was the winger Prabhjot Singh whose two goals, one in each half, had everything that a connoisseur is waiting to watch.

It would be unfair to say that PNB was outplayed. True, the players were buoyed by their success against BPCL in the opening match but on this somnolent Monday afternoon PNB looked totally subdued if not completely subjugated.

The team managed to reduce the leeway — it was on a 0-3 deficit at half-time — scoring thrice, twice by Satpal and once by Jatinder Saroha.

Muhammad Munir, Tournament Director, has suspended Sunil Ekka, who received the red card for assaulting umpire Surya Prakash (level 2 offence) on Sunday from taking further part in the tournament.

Photo contest

A photography contest is being organized as part of this year's tournament. Images of players' action, crowd reactions or any other interesting aspects connected with the tournament from July 15 to 25 can be sent on or before July 30.

Contestants are requested to register themselves in three categories; amateur, professional or school/college students. The first prize for the winner is Rs.45000. Further details can be had from

Correction: Army's skipper C.S. Xalxo, was given only an yellow card and not red as reported in the match between Army and ONGC in the Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament on Sunday.

The results:

IOC 6 (Raghunath, Deepak Thakur 3, Prabjot Singh 2) bt PNB 3 (Satpal 2, Jatinder Saroha); Army 4 (Ignace Tirkey, Reneil Singh 2, Jerun Kujur) drew with Railways 4 (Innocent Kullu, Chenglein Sana, Sunil Yadav, Chengappa); ONGC 3 (Bikas Toppo, Diwakar Ram 2) bt Namdhari 2 (Harpreet Singh, Gurbej Singh).

The Hindu

ONGC enter Murugappa semis

CHENNAI: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) became the first team to enter the semifinals of the 86th All-India MCC-Murugappa hockey tournament when they notched up their third consecutive win with a 3-2 decision against Namdhari XI in pool A on Monday.

With nine points from three outings, ONGC confirmed their progress to the knockout stage while Namdhari are virtually out of contention with just one point from three games.

Starring in ONGC’s victory was penalty corner ace Diwakar Ram who came up with two conversions in the 34th and 40th minutes after Bikas Toppo put the team ahead in the 12th.

The Times of India

Late goal denies Border victory


NO STOPPING ME: Nicci De Haas, centre, of Free State squeezes past Border’s Amber Horrmann, left, and Danielle Judge in the opening match of the Women’s Interprovincial Hockey tournament at Kat Leisure Park in East London, yesterday. The match ended in a 4-4 draw. Picture: THEO JEPTHA

A LAST-GASP goal by Free State denied Border a deserved victory in the opening game of the Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at East London’s Kat Leisure Park yesterday.

Border captain Marcelle Keet played magnificently, almost taking her team to victory over a strong Free State side, who, much to the crowd’s disappointment, netted with about 25 seconds left on the clock, to leave the scores locked at 4-4.

The B-Section game played before an enthusiastic home crowd spurred on the home team, who if they manage to win their section, will gain promotion to the A Section.

Free State were first to score when Shevaun Botha broke through some shoddy defence by Border. It was Keet, who, after worming her way through the opposition in the 18th minute, scored Border’s first goal – a rocket that flew into the top right hand corner of the net.

Free State retaliated immediately, through a field goal from Hettie Oosthuizen.

Keet scored her second goal in the 24th minute, following a goalmouth scramble.

But again it was Free State’s Oosthuizen who replied within a minute of Border finding the net. Free State went into half-time 3-2 to the good. Border started the second half like a house on fire and scored in the fourth minute through Megan Clark to level matters at 3-3.

Free State came back strongly forcing five short corners that the Border defence managed to hold out. About midway through the second half, it was Keet who again scored, this time with a narrow angled shot that beat the Free State goalkeeper, to fire Border into a 4-3 lead.

The last three minutes of the game was an agonisingly nail-biting affair, as Free State mounted wave after wave of attack, before managing to score a last-minute equaliser.

In other matches played yesterday, the SA Country Districts A team beat the Country Districts B side 4-0, Mpumalanga beat Northern Cape 1-0, and the KwaZulu-Natal Mynahs were beaten 3-0 by Western Province Peninsula.

The A Section starts this morning at 9am at Kat Leisure Park, while B Section matches will be contested at the Buffalo Flats Astroturf, except for hosts Border, who play Northern Cape at Kat Leisure Park at 6pm.

Today’s fixtures:

Kat Leisure Park: A Section: 9am, Northerns v Witwatersrand; 11am, KwaZulu-Natal Inland v KwaZulu-Natal Coastal; 2pm, North West v Western Province; 4pm, Eastern Province v Southerns. B Section: 6pm, Border v Northern Cape.

Buffalo Flats Astroturf: B Section: 11am, Free State v Namibia; 1pm, WP Pens v SA Country Districts B; 3pm, Southern Cape v KwaZulu- Natal Mynahs. -

Daily Dispatch

Abahani roll over Ajax

Sports Reporter

VICTIM OF INJUSTICE: National and Usha Krira Chakra forward Maksudul Alam Habul (L) watches the Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League match between Abahani and Ajax along with teammates from the VIP stands of the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday. Habul is playing the role of a mere spectator in the ongoing League after champions Usha refused to launch their title defence in protest of the federation ruling about their ill-fated Club Cup final against Mohammedan that violated every conceivable norm of the game.Photo: STAR

Pakistani penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas slammed four goals including a hattrick to power title-aspirants Abahani to a massive 9-1 win over Ajax Sporting Club in the Super League encounter of the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

Apart from Abbas, Puspkor Khisha Mimo struck twice while Tariq Aziz, Modasser Ali and Rubel Hossain netted one goal apiece for the winners. Abahani dominated the game from the outset and took a comfortable 4-1 lead in the first half.

Having thrashed Mariner Youngs 5-0 in their previous game, the Sky Blues started this match in the same fashion scoring the first three goals within 17 minutes. Abbas grabbed all the three from penalty corners, with a combination of his compatriot Modasser Ali and veteran local midfielder Moshiur Rahman Biplob.

Having taken a three-goal lead, Abahani coach Kawsar Ali made a few changes bringing in the likes of Mimo, Hasan Jubair, Ajit Kumar. Mimo wasted no time to pay back his coach's faith scoring the team's fourth goal in the 33rd minute.

Ajax, who had suffered a 7-1 reversal to Abahani in their first leg, gave hint of a fight-back pulling back one just a minute before the break. Imtiaz Ahmed Rubel pushed the ball home from close range which happened to be the only goal of the game for Ajax.

After the break, Abahani become more destructive as Abbas converted the fourth penalty corner. The Sky Blues capitalised on all of the penalty corners they earned in the game, something they had failed to do in their last match of the first-leg against Mohammedan.

Then Modasser, Tariq and Mimo tore apart the Ajax defence and added four more goals. Mimo struck the sixth while Modasser scored the seventh and then fed Tariq for the eighth. Rubel completed the rout two minutes from time.

The 10th victory in 11 matches raises Abahani's points to 30, three behind arch-rivals Mohammedan.

The Daily Star

Court tells BHF to decide on Club Cup final

Sports Reporter

A Dhaka court has directed Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) to take decision on the Dhaka Bank Club Cup hockey final between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Usha Krira Charka according to the tournament bylaws in consultation with the tournament committee and members of the federation after the latter had filed a case seeking justice.

The Fourth Assistant Judge's Court of Shaikh Md. Mujahid Ul Islam has also directed the federation to consider the plaintiff club's -- Usha KC -- position to ensure that they can participate in the next league after failing to do so in the ongoing competition in the prevailing situation. It also asked the federation to inform the court about the decisions by July 22.

The court has also asked the federation to pay Tk one lakh to Usha KC as compensation for the financial loss they suffered due to the federation's indecision.

It may be mentioned that Mohammedan were declared champions in the Club Cup hockey final in a 55-minute game in which the winners fielded an unregistered foreign player against Usha, who took part in the game under protest.

Mohammedan were leading 4-2 when the umpires blew the long whistle 15 minutes before time due to bad light.

The Daily Star

Parkites hockey men blast Paradise

Nigel Simon

Guyana’s Jerezano Bell was one of three Queen’s Park players to score two goals in a 7-1 mauling of Paradise in their final league match of the season to strengthen their claim for the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division title on Sunday.

Bell showed he has fully recovered from a broken jaw suffered earlier in the season when he fired in the opener after 15 minutes followed by his second from a penalty-corner, three minutes later for a 2-0 advantage at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua.

T&T Hockey Board Results


Trinity Men:
Fatima 1 (Dev Lum Kit 60th pen) vs Carib 1 (Mahinder Mali)

Trinity Women:
Magnolias 4 (Tamara De Nobriga 6th, 21st, 29th, Gayle-Ann Nieves 56th) vs Checkers 0.

Under-19 Girls’:
Paradise 3 vs Ventures 0–Default

Under-19 Boys’:
QPCC 2 (Mark Ayen 45th, Evan Piers-Farrell 59th) vs Paradise 0

Championship Men:
QPCC 7 (Jerezano Bell 15th, 18th, Stephen Luces 34th, 50th, Shawn Lee Quay 58th, 65th, Raphael Govia 63rd) vs Paradise 1 (Theron Stoute 60th).

Championship Women:
Ventures 2 (Melissa Favour 2nd, Amanda George 28th) vs Paradise 0.

Under-19 Boys’:
Shape 3 (Jordan Reynos 12th, 56th, 67th) vs Paradise 0

Trinity Men:
Paradise 1 (Tev Phillips 3rd) vs Shape 1 (Leroy Sookdeo 28th)

Trinity Women:
Malvern 2 (Penelope Sharpe 19th, Danille Martin 28th) vs Paragon 1 (Lisa Smith 47th)
Checkers 1 (Charnise Cato 54th) vs Ventures 1 (Arielle Cowie 10th).
Fatima 3 vs Defence Force 0 –Default

The Trinidad Guardian

Alexandra take Under-18 hockey title

Omar Walker (far left) of Alexandra scored on the stroke of full time and sent the game into penalty flicks.

The Alexandra School boys ensured that Barbados retained some honours in the inaugural City of Bridgetown Barbados International Schools Under-18 Hockey Tournament which climaxed at the Wildey Astroturf yesterday.

Alexandra prevented an overseas sweep of both the girls’ and boys’ titles by pipping Monkton Senior School in the finals, which was forced into double penalty flicks after the scores were locked 1-1 in full time and extra time.

Monkton had scored first in the 33rd minute before Omar Walker equalised three minutes later, four minutes before the whistle.

The first set of penalty flicks ended 3-3, but Alexandra sneaked home 3-2 the second time around.  The other boys’ teams which took part in the tournament were Combermere School, Alleyne School and Debe of Trinidad and Tobago.

Queenwood of England captured the girls’ title from fellow English tea, Kingswood 1-0. Also taking part were English sides Plymouth and Queen’s School, as well as Alexandra, Springer Memorial and a National Sports Council squad.

The Nation

Andy Bull follows Georgie Twigg in branching out

By Graham Wilson

Georgie Twigg and Andy Bull have made a big jump

THE national coaches are showing no fear about throwing their young talented players into the deep end. So much so that players are being capped for Great Britain before they have even played for England.

Andy Bull, 18, of the Brooklands MU club and Old Loughtonians’ Harry Martin, 17, – who is not even playing in the Premier Division – and for the women Georgie Twigg, 19, of Clifton, are the latest to have made the big jump.

GB men put on a great exhibition of attacking hockey at Nottingham on Saturday in the Four Nations final and were edged out 3-2 by Germany with a golden-goal penalty corner. Neither player looked out of place and defender Bull could well be named by coach Jason Lee for England’s Champions Trophy squad in Germany next month.

The women’s Samsung Champions Trophy, staged for the first time here, saw GB-capped Twigg make her debut for England in the 2-1 win against the eventual winners Argentina. “I will always remember this,” said Twigg. “It was fantastic to get out there, the crowd were great and everybody in the team said what a way to make your debut with a win over Argentina. You can’t get better than that.”

Well it did get better – she had a bronze medal round her neck by Sunday after a 2-1 win over Germany. She could have been in the final but a 2-2 draw against New Zealand blew England’s chances on goal difference.

Twigg must be in the reckoning for the World Cup in Rosario, Argentina.And these improved performances have to be down to bringing the players into a centralised system of coaching. England coach Danny Kerry said: “The experiences will serve us well. We have 11 players under 25. Even for London 2012 the average age will still be young.

“The next two years are going to be awesome and that starts with a fantastic World Cup in Rosario.”

Daily Express

Project 2013 boys on fine run in Europe

PROJECT 2013 continued their super run in Europe when they beat Division Two senior side Athena HC 5-2 in Amsterdam on Sunday.

The Project boys played their 11th match in the playing-cum-training tour of Europe, and even though they took 13 hours to travel from Poland to Amsterdam by train as there were plenty of technical problems along the way, they still managed a good win.

However, the start was not as rosy as Athena HC stunned the Malaysians by scoring in the third minute through a field goal.

But in the 10th minute, Joel Samuel van Huizen equalised before Mohamed Rashid scored a second in the 33rd minute for the lead which they held until half-time. Both were field goals.

After the breather, Project increased their lead through Amir Farid in the 40th minute and Syamim Yusof in 42nd via field attempts. Athena reduced the deficit in the 47th minute but Syamim Yusof scored his second and Project's fifth in the 67th to seal the match.

"The players handled the situation very well even after a long journey with little rest. Their efforts in the match was excellent, indicating that they have learnt much in this tour," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

New Straits Times

Lasses gear for battle

K. Rajan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian national women’s indoor hockey team face an uphill battle defending their Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) championship title after losing two of their key players, Nor Saliza Ahmad Soobni and A. Kannagi.

Coached by former Royal Military College teacher R. Vivekanandan, the lasses won last year’s championship in Ipoh and will head to Bangkok on July 25 for the second edition of the tournament. The meet also serves as the qualifying tournament for the world championship in Poland.

Vivekanandan admitted the team were fangless without the services of Saliza and Kannagi who are playing in Australia.

"Saliza and Kannagi played an important role in last year’s edition, I can say that we have lost 40 per cent of our strength," said Vivekanandan.

“I had to shift the players around as well because our attack is depleted and I have to convert some of the defenders into attackers.

“I hope that we can defend our title in Bangkok and it depends on how the players perform after this."

Vivekanandan added he could not call up the other senior players as the field hockey side were busy preparing for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Meanwhile, Malaysian Women's Hockey Association (MWHA) honorary secretary Dr S. Shamala feels the International Hockey Federation (FIH) calendar is filled with tournaments this year and it is unfortunate that Saliza and Kannagi couldn’t help in their bid to defend the title.

“The hockey calendar for this year is packed so it’s very hard to spread the players around for other tournaments.

“I think if the Indoor hockey is governed by an independent body, the sport would be better organised,” she said.

Malay Mail

A good blueprint rotting in the drawer

Jugjet Singh

MALAYSIAN sports are filled with blueprints, but sadly, most of them are lying in somebody's cupboard gathering dust.

One blueprint, which had turned grey after seven years in a folder, was yesterday brought out, dusted and read again.

This happened after the Education Ministry announced it would implement the "One-student, One-sport' vision next year. About 90 per cent of the schools are expected to be ready to implement the policy, and the current infrastructure in schools such as fields, sports facilities and equipment will be improved.

All the above can be done, given time but even the best cook cannot come up with a tasty dish if he does not have salt.

And in this case, the vital missing cog are coaches, and coaches cannot be trained overnight.

Going back to 2003, Malaysian Hockey Federation vice-president Datuk Dr S.S. Cheema was tasked with drawing up a working paper on how to develop a strong coaching base in schools.

Cheema came out with a sound plan, and the then MHF president Sultan Azlan Shah set up a meeting with former Director General of Education Tan Sri Abdul Rafie Mahat to present Cheema's plan. The gist of the plan was to identify and select the right candidate to attend coaching courses and then be sent to schools to develop hockey.

Cheema's plan was also to turn hockey players, who are also sports science graduates, into graduate teachers by enrolling them in teachers' training colleges and posting them back to their respective states.

MHF was also willing to conduct coaching courses at the teachers' training colleges and universities after which refresher courses will be conducted for these coaches during tournaments.

The DG and his officials listened attentively, and after a few weeks, replied that is was not a feasible idea as the teachers training programme has its own module to develop coaches, and they can't just take former players and turn them into coaches, even though they have sports science degrees.

The reply also blamed MHF for the lack of hockey coaches because the parent body does not recognise coaches who go through the teachers training modules.

That was the end of it, and the blueprint remained on print, and never took off. It was a pity because if the plan was implemented, seven years later, today, Malaysia would have had a big pool of former players who not only would have earned a living as teachers, but also help realise the "One-student, One-sport" concept.

Cheema also had included in the blueprint a section where students who excelled in sports would be able to gain entry into universities even if their marks are lower than the studious types. He detailed out a sound formula to implement it.

That too, never took off. But now, it is being bandied around.

The blueprint went back into Cheema's folder after I read it, and if any party is interested for an in-depth read, they know where to find it.

New Straits Times

PHF names 27 players for Jr hockey camp

Staff Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced names of 27 players for attending a training camp of Pakistan Junior Hockey team for the preparations of 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held from August 14 to 26 in Singapore. The camp will be held from July 23 at National Hockey Stadium here. Khawaja Muhammad Junaid will be the head coach and manager, while Danish Kaleem and Anjum Saeed will be the assistant coaches.

The players are Mazhar Abbas, Adnan Shakoor, Yasir Khan, Ali Haider (Goal Keepers), Muhammad Usman Aslam, Muhammad Sultan Amir, Muhammad Junaid (Full Backs), Syed Kashif Shah, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Amir Ashiq, Muhammad Sohaib, Yasir Ali, Fahad Khan, Ali Hassan Faraz (Hal Backs), Muhammad Adnan, Muhammad Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Umair, Ahmad Zubair, Shaharyar, Shujat Ali, Muhammad Irfan, Kamran Asif, Muhammad Zuhaib, Muhammad Salman, Abdul Kareem, Ali Shan and Zohaib Khan (Forwards).

The Daily Times

Player Pargat Singh set a new path

K. Arumugam

Pargat Singh, a veteran on turf, has fielded his nomination for hockey presidentship the other day. No hockey player in the eight-decade annals of Indian hockey ever thought of becoming hockey’s boss; they all uniformly thought that they ought to be taking orders, not the other way. By taking the bull by its horns, Pargat Singh for once changed the mind set.

Now he dreams big, and it is the first step for fulfilling one’s ambition.

Indian sports administration is a peculiar thing. Businessmen and former players are never allowed to enter in the ring. Politicians, bureaucrats and so-called rajas who have formed a vicious circle to loot sports of its resources and its charm; have seen to it no player or businessman ever come to control sports.

They have been so far largely successful.

They need businessmen’s money and players’ sweat, that’s all.

By first getting the Punjab hot seat – and for that he fought and called IOA president of running a mafia to force his way through – and then getting enough support in his support base, Pargat has come out to do what all he knew in his sporting life – fight till the hooter. Whether the election will take place, who will emerge winner, and what is in store for hockey are beyond anybody’s guess.

What is sure is, a player from hockey is in the thick of things, and is ready to shackle the foothold of various ‘mafias’.

Fighting mafia is most difficult thing to do in our country, as all vested interests who have clout in every aspect of social life, join together to keep the wiser elements out of sports. He has now decided to fight, and it is worth it in the first place.

Pargat is not merely a player. He is now a seasoned administrator. Having married a politician’s daughter, and having organized a close relative’s parliamentary election, and then having been in the top administrative seat of Punjab Sports Department, this man is in the know of

various facets of the game that he is willing to play now. Sports sympathiers, media, former players of all sports, many sports ministers, have been advocating essential role for players in the sports federations. This has been a long standing demand to reform sports.

Now the time has come for all those sections to extend moral support to this hockey player to clean the stables and steer our national game to success.

It is for us to see whether a lady who has enjoyed power for last four decades is the choice or a player who lived in dormitory rooms which the Federations used to provide for playing for the country, who played for India for about a decade and who created tens of hockey academies in his

state is, your choice. Hockey needs genuine people who knows hockey to start with. It needs a face that can appeal to corporate. It needs independent hands not those who work of shadow bosses.

Whatever will happens in the days to come, this player of yore has proved he is there to play a role. We will only wish the great legends of the game appreciate the guts of this gentleman, and they also dream to be different and independent.

HI elections: RO told to follow guidelines

Special Correspondent

The observer appointed by the Union Sports Ministry for the Hockey India (HI) elections has written to the Returning Officer (RO) to point out that the revised Union Government guidelines, including the age limit for principal office-bearers, should be followed when the elections are held here on July 28.

The Government observer, S.K. Mendiratta, wrote to Returning Officer Justice R.C. Chopra (retd) that the guidelines, as issued on May 1 last, stipulated that the main office-bearers would not be eligible to hold office after attaining the age of 70.

The move is obviously to prevent Vidya Stokes from contesting the post of president that she currently holds.

Mendiratta stated that the conditional ‘no objection' clearance was given to HI to hold elections subject to the fulfilment of the policy guidelines.

No restrictions

The HI Secretary-General, Narinder Batra, said on Monday that his federation's constitution placed no restrictions on the tenure of office-bearers.

“They (ministry) have given an affidavit in the Delhi High Court stating that they can no longer deal with Hockey India. Then why are they interfering in its affairs?” asked Batra.

Mendiratta has written to state that he and the Returning Officer had discussed about obtaining declarations from candidates regarding their age qualification. He stated that the same would become important at the time of scrutiny of nominations on Tuesday.

Not in agreement

On Monday evening, Mrs. Stokes wrote to Justice Chopra to state that HI was not in agreement with the views expressed by Mendiratta. She further stated that HI was a Society formed under the Societies Registration Act 1860, having its own constitution and election guidelines.

She requested Justice Chopra to conduct the elections in accordance with the constitution and by-laws of Hockey India. In case the ministry initiated any action “against our election then we shall invoke legal remedies,” Mrs Stokes wrote.

Being a new body, the stipulation about the number of terms would not come into play in the HI elections.

Interestingly, at the time when the ministry gave recognition to Hockey India, through a letter to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in August 2009, it had stated that the office-bearers would not be eligible to continue for more than two consecutive terms of four years each.

The revised guidelines permit the president of a federation to continue for 12 years while restricting the terms of secretary and treasurer to two terms of four years each at a stretch.

Recently, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) had re-elected V.K. Verma as its president for another term, past the 12-year limit, in violation of the guidelines. The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) also did the same with regard to the re-election of its secretary, Virendra Nanavati. Federations are saying that they do not have such tenure restrictions or age limit in their constitutions and they do not intend to bring in such stipulations since the IOA had taken the stand that it would rather protect its own autonomy and that of the federations rather than give in to the government regulations.

The Hindu

Vidhya Stokes ineligible to contest?

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Vidhya Stokes, in her late 70s, is in trouble. As per the existing government order, she is ineligible to contest the forthcoming Hockey India election of which she is acting president.

Vidhya Stokes, who is currently Opposition Leader in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, has filed her nomination for the president of Hockey India post in the coming July 28th election. She is in the IOA sponsored and Narindra Batra engineered lobby. Triple Olympian Pargat Singh is other contestant for the same post.

Election observer Mendiratta has brought certain provisions of government guidelines to the attention of the Returning Officer, who is a retired judge. He writes, “…It is also stipulated that no person holding the Office of President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall continue to be in office on attaining the age of 70 years. … the age restriction with regard to the above mentioned Offices of President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall be applicable in relation to the present elections”. His communication stresses that Narindra Batra (General Secretary) to be advised to collect such age declarations from the candidates before scrutiny of nominations which is to be held on 20th July, 2010.

However, Vidhya Stokes in her reply has stressed that since theirs a Society they are not bound by any government of India’s guidelines. You can watch the original letters of Mendiratta and Vidhya Stokes in the IHF Watch Section or What’s new Section

Vidya Stokes's candidature for Hockey India interim president questioned

Mihir Vasavda

Mumbai: Hockey India and the sports ministry are at loggerheads again on the issue of guidelines for the July 28 elections, after government put an age restriction that could disallow the candidature of HI’s interim president Vidya Stokes.

The ministry, on Monday, made it clear that the “No Objection” given for the polls was conditional on abiding by the recent age limitation guidelines of the government.

SK Mendiratta, the government observer appointed by the sports ministry, pointed out to RC Chopra, the returning officer for the HI elections, that since the national body is conducting elections for the first time, the tenure clause set by the sports ministry will not be applicable.

The government, however, has clarified that the guideline pertaining to tenure limitation would not apply in the July 28 elections as it is the first election of office-bearers of Hockey India.

“The age restriction with regard to the president, secretary general and treasurer shall be applicable in relation to the present elections,” Mendirrata said in a letter, copies of which have also been sent to HI secretary general Narinder Batra, sports ministry joint secretary Injeti Srinivas and FIH observer Antonio von Ondarza.

However, Stokes contended that HI does not fall under the guidelines set by the sports ministry as it has its own constitution and election guidelines.

“In view of the same, we kindly request you to conduct the election in accordance with the constitution and election bye-laws of Hockey India. And in case the sports ministry initiates any action against our election then we shall invoke legal remedies as will be advised,” Stokes wrote back to Mendirrata.

Stokes, who earlier held the post of Indian Women’s Hockey Federation, is over 70 years old now. Former India captain Pargat Singh has also filed nominations for the HI president’s post.

“Obviously, the restriction relating to number of terms of office would not apply in the case of the present election, this being the first election of office bearers of Hockey India,” Mendiratta said.

The government observer also said that age declarations of the candidates running for posts of Hockey India president, secretary and treasurer will be thoroughly checked during the scrutiny of nominations on Tuesday.


Hockey India flouts govt guidelines

Hockey India (HI) may have got just a provisional go-ahead to conduct its July 28 election, but the ad-hoc body is in no mood to abide by the government's tenure and age guidelines, as specified in the Sports Ministry's conditional "No-objection", for its polls. Though the tenure guidelines will be applicable for the HI elections since it is going for polls for the first time, the ad-hoc committee-supported panel has nominated the 83-year-old Vidya Stokes as its presidential candidate.

This is despite the government guidelines specifying that no office bearer of any National Sports Federation (NSF) can be above 70 years.

Anticipating such a move from the ad-hoc committee, government observer, S.K. Mendiratta, on Monday wrote to returning officer, Justice R.C. Chopra.

In the latter he asked him to remind secretary, Narinder Batra, to take a declaration regarding the age qualification from all candidates contesting for the president, secretary and treasurer's post.

"As the conditional 'No Objection' to Hockey India for conducting their elections has been given by MYAS (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) subject to the fulfillment of those Policy Guidelines, it now becomes incumbent on Hockey India to duly observe and implement the said Policy Guidelines in the conduct of their current elections of Office Bearers," said Mendiratta in his letter to the returning officer.

Stokes hit back saying HI was not bound by any government guidelines.

She also informed the returning officers that the polls should be conducted according to the Constitution of the association.

"We are not in agreement with the views as expressed in the said letter as we are a Society formed under the Society's Registration Act, 1860.

We hereby submit that the aforesaid restrictions are not binding or applicable to our Society, which is governed by its own Constitution, Rules, Regulations and Bye-Laws," Stokes wrote in a letter to Justice Chopra.

Olympian Pargat Singh is challenging Stokes for the president's post.

The HI elections have become more important since the Delhi High Court has already revoked the suspension of the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation.

If Stokes gets elected on July 28, Hockey India will be the second National Sports Federation after the Badminton Association of India to disregard the government guidelines while electing the president.

Hindustan Times

Hockey India, Sports Ministry on collision course

NEW DELHI: The government and Hockey India headed for a showdown over interim president Vidya Stokes' eligibility to contest the upcoming elections with the Sports Ministry saying that she was overage while the veteran administrator insisting that such restrictions were not binding on the sport body.

Stokes' candidature came under scanner after the Sports Ministry on Monday made it clear that the "No Objection" given to the July 28 polls was conditional on abiding the recent age limitation guidelines of the government.

"The age restriction with regard to the President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall be applicable in relation to the present elections," government observer SK Mendiratta said in a letter to Returning Officer Justice RC Chopra.

An angry Stokes promptly hit back, saying that the Hockey India has it own Constitution and election guidelines and even threatened to take legal recourse in case of any interference from the Sports Ministry.

"We are not in agreement with the views as expressed in the letter by Mendiratta as we are a Society formed under the Society's Registration Act, 1860 and hence having our own Constitution and Election Guidelines on the basis of which the elections are being held.

"In view of the same, we kindly request you to conduct the election in accordance with the Constitution and Election Bye-laws of Hockey India. And in case GOI MYAS initiates any action against our Election then we shall invoke legal remedies as will be adviced," she said in a counter letter to Chopra.

Stokes, who earlier held the post of Indian Women's Hockey Federation, is above 70 now and as per the government guidelines no official who is 70 or above is eligible to contest the elections.

Former India captain Pargat Singh has also filed nominations for the HI president's post.

The government, however, clarified that the guideline pertaining to tenure limitation would not apply as it is the first poll of office bearers of Hockey India.

"Obviously, the restriction relating to number of terms of office would not apply in the case of the present election, this being the first election of office bearers of Hockey India," Mendiratta wrote in his letter.

The government observer also said that age declarations of the candidates running for posts of Hockey India president, secretary and treasurer will be thoroughly checked during the scrutiny of nominations tomorrow.

"Declarations from the candidates with regarding to their age qualification, as is applicable in relation to the offices of President, Secretary General and Treasurer, which is maximum of 70 years will be relevant at the time of scrutiny of nominations scheduled to be held tomorrow the 20th July, 2010," Mendiratta said.

The Times of India

Election Observer's letter to Returning Officer

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To Mr. Justice R.C. Chopra (Retd.), Returning Officer for elections of Hockey India, 2010,

Subject:- Implementation of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Policy Guidelines relating to elections to National Sports Federations – elections of Hockey India, 2010.


Kindly recall our personal discussions which we had on Saturday the 17th July, 2010, on the above subject.

I had furnished to you a copy of the letter dated 15th July, 2010, from Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) addressed to me in which the Ministry had desired that I should brief you about the conditional “No Objection” given to Hockey India for holding their elections subject to the implementation of the Ministry’s Policy Guidelines relating to age and tenure restrictions (copy enclosed). A copy of the Government’s order dated 1st May, 2010, to the Presidents and Secretaries General of Indian Olympic Association and all recognized National Sports Federations restoring the limits on the duration of tenure of Office Bearers of the said Organizations was also annexed to that letter. A perusal of that order would show that the said Policy Guidelines were initially laid down by the Government in September, 1975 and reiterated from time to time. These Guidelines were issued taking due note of the international practices and policies of Sports Federations around the world. The restoration of those Guidelines is the outcome of the observations and directions made by the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in Civil Writ Petition No. 7868 of 2005. As the conditional “No Objection” to Hockey India for conducting their elections has been given by MYAS subject to the fulfillment of those Policy Guidelines, it now becomes incumbent on Hockey India to duly observe and implement the said Policy Guidelines in the conduct of their current elections of Office Bearers.

As per the above Guidelines, some restrictions have been imposed on the number of terms for which an Office Bearer of a National Sports Federation may hold office. It is also stipulated that no person holding the Office of President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall continue to be in office on attaining the age of 70 years. Obviously, the restriction relating to number of terms of office would not apply in the case of the present election, this being the first election of Office Bearers of Hockey India. However, the age restriction with regard to the above mentioned Offices of President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall be applicable in relation to the present elections.

You would also kindly recall that during our discussions you had observed that you would request Mr. Narinder Batra to work out the modalities for obtaining declarations from the candidates with regarding to their age qualification, as is applicable in relation to the Offices of President, Secretary General and Treasurer, which is maximum of 70 years. I hope Shri Batra has been advised accordingly, as such declarations from the candidates for the above posts will be relevant at the time of scrutiny of nominations for these posts scheduled to be held tomorrow the 20th July, 2010.

A line in confirmation would be greatly appreciated.



Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports