News for 23 July 2010

All the news for Friday 23 July 2010


Black Sticks Men fight back to win 1 - 0 against Belgium

Steve Edwards celebrated his 100th international cap for the Black Sticks Men with a win against Belgium; on the very same ground he played his first test match for New Zealand.

The Black Sticks Men secured a 1-0 win against Belgium in their second game against this side in as many days. The only goal of the game was scored by Phil Burrows.

Black Sticks Men’s Coach, Shane McLeod, said there were limited opportunities to score throughout the game, due to the strong defensive performances from both sides.

“This provided us with a good opportunity to grind out a victory in a tightly contested match. It was very beneficial in our preparation for the Champions Trophy.”

McLeod also commented that Stephen Graham had a good game in goal, supported by a sound defensive game from Dean Couzins.

Number one goalkeeper, Kyle Pontifex, sat out the game, while Simon Childs played his first game for the Black Sticks Men this year.

Both New Zealand’s drag flickers, Hayden Shaw and Andy Haywood, were taken off because of injuries as a precaution, but McLeod expects to see them back on the turf on Saturday (local time) when the Black Sticks Men take on France in the next of their warm up games for the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy.

The Black Sticks Men play three games against France, in Paris, on July 24, 25 and 27 (all at 4pm local time); before travelling to Monchengladbach, Germany for the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy from July 31 to August 8.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks men beat Belgium

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New Zealand have beaten Belgium 1-0 in the second of two warm-up matches at Antwerp this morning ahead of next week's Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Germany.

Forward Phil Burrows scored the winner as New Zealand gave an improved performance after losing 3-5 to Belgium yesterday.

The New Zealand team now head to Paris to play three matches against France before heading to Germany.

Stuff



Hockey women shut out Bajans

Blair Wynne scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the Calypso Stickwomen to a 3-0 shut-out of Barbados. T&T, the CAC gold medal winners in 2002 took a while before Stacey Siu Butt got the opener from a penalty-corner in the 27th minute and three minutes into the second-half, Wynne doubled T&T’s lead and added another in the 51st minute to complete the win in their Group A opener.

The win was marred by an injury to former national youth team captain, Teresa Lezama who had to be taken to hospital. The Calypso Stickwomen will meet Bermuda tomorrow and Guyana, two days later. Group B comprises, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Today, the T&T senior men’s hockey, CAC gold medals winners in 2002 and silver medalist four years ago will get their Group A campaign off against host Puerto Rico from 5 pm.

The Trinidad Guardian



ONGC, PNB and IOC in last four

S. Thyagarajan



DUEL: Indian Railways' Belsajar Horo (left) and Namdhari XI's Gurmeet Singh in action in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament in Chennai on Thursday. Photo : M. Vedhan

Configuring the semifinalists to take the stage on Saturday proved an interesting exercise on Thursday in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Mayor Radhakrishan Stadium. As phase one concluded, the last four teams were identified.

The line-up for the penultimate round will be: ONGC versus PNB, Indian Railways versus IOC.

The faint chance the junior team had of making it from Pool ‘B' evaporated as Railways came to the fore. All that Railways required was a draw against the Namdhari XI to keep out the defending champion. And it did just that to ensure its berth from Pool pushing the Army XI out of contention. It was not an easy for the Railways. The Namdharis gave nothing away. In fact, the team got off to brilliant start with Gurmeet Singh netting even before the game was a minute old. But the lead did not last long as Jayakaran leveled.

Brisk exchanges

Brisk exchanges marked the next phase until Balwinder Singh drove home from of the top of the circle raising a doubt in the mind of the umpire whether the player was within the ring at the time of the strike. He had to confer with the colleague before awarding the goal.

Looking out for openings and the elusive goal, Indian Railways did everything in its power to stamp one. And Innocent Kullu rose to the occasion with a perfect penalty corner. Railways hung on to this till the final minute weathering many a dominating spell from the Namdharis.

Inexperience caused the India Juniors dear as Punjab National Bank picked full points to join IOC in the semifinal. The 2-0 verdict for PNB was enough ensure the second spot in Pool ‘B'.

Bruno Lugan put PNB on the road to victory with a fine goal early in the first half. A penalty corner hit by Satpal close on half time sealed the fate of the India Juniors.

It was heartening sight to witness goal-keeper Baljit Singh getting a full match and making a few fine saves. Baljit is making a valiant attempt to stage a comeback after the devastating eye injury in the training camp at Pune last year.

With the place in semifinal assured IOC was content just to control the pace and pick up enough goals to maintain the winning sequence without dropping a point to finish on top of Pool ‘B' with 12 points from four matches.

Friday is a rest day.

The results: PNB 2 (Bruno Lugan, Satpal) bt India Juniors 0; Namdhari XI 2 (Gurmeet Singh, Balwinder Singh) drew with Indian Railways 2 (Jayakaran, Innocent Kullu); IOC 5 (Roshan Minz 2, Hamza Mujtaba, Raghunath, Deepak Thakur) bt BPCL 1 (Jarnail Singh). Pool ‘A' (Team, Played, Won, Drawn, Lost, Goals For, Goals Against, Points): ONGC, 4, 3, 0, 1, 12, 7, 9; Indian Railways 4-2-2-0-11-9-8; Army 4-2-1-1-16-16-7; Namdhari XI 4-0-2-2-9-12-2; Karnataka 4-0-1-3-13-17-1. Pool ‘B': IOC 4-4-0-0-18-4-12; Punjab National Bank 4-3-0-1-11-8-9; BPCL, 4-1-1-2-11-11-4; India Juniors, 4-1-1-2-2-6-4; Karnataka 4-0-1-3-13-17-1; Southern Railway 4-0-0-4-2-15-0.

The Hindu



SA Hockey Women's IPT teams for semi-final matches decided

JONATHAN COOK in East London


THE defending champions Southern Gauteng will meet neighbours across the Jukskei River, Northerns, in the first semi-final of the SA Women's Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Kat Leisure Park in East London Friday, while it will be a battle of the West Coast against the East Coast in the other last four-match.

Western Province meet KZN Coastals at 4 pm and the money is on the Cape Town girls to pull it off and claim a berth in Saturday's title match, which is at the same time.

Most pundits favour Southerns to put one over the Pretoria side in the other semi-final, but Northerns had four players selected for the SA Commonwealth Games team to the much-heralded Johannesburg team's three, so don't bet on it.

A Pietie Coetzee field goal two minutes after half-time and captain Marsha Marescia's effort from a penalty corner gave Southerns their 2-0 win over North West in the key Pool A match Friday; a match that could have seen the champions consigned to the last four placings had the Potchefstroom lasses won.

Coastals played their poorest match of the Pool B group stage, and Northerns scored the goals that counted for their 2-1 win through Marlene Nortje and Tarryn Moses while Merel de Blaey got in on the act for Coastals.

WP won the battle of the Cape when they beat Eastern Province 5-0 with penalty corner specialist Cindy Brown bagging two goals, and the rest coming from Farah Fredericks, Ilse Davids and Vida Ryan.

Witwatersrand beat KZN Inland 2-0 to make a total of 18 goals against and none scored for the Pietermaritzburg team. The Southern Gauteng second-string side hit the back of the net through field goals from Cindi Tregoning and Sylvia Horstmann.

Saturday's big matches at Kat Leisure Park see the A Section playoff for seventh and eighth position the relegation match) at 8 am, the playoff for third and four place in the A Section at 12 pm, the B Section final at 2 pm for promotion to the A Section, and the IPT final at 4 pm.

RESULTS

A Section: Western Province 5 Eastern Province 0; Northerns 2 KZN Coastals 1; Witwatersrand 2 KZN Inland 0; Southern Gauteng 2 North West 0.

B Section: Mpumalanga 1 Namibia 1; KZN Mynahs 1 Sasko SA Country Districts B 0; Free State 19 Northern Cape 1; Sasko SA Country Districts A 1 Southern
Cape 1.

FIXTURES

A Section cross-poll playoffs (Kat Leisure Park): (9-12) EP vs Wits 9 am; KZN Inland vs North West 11 am; (first semi-final) Southerns vs Northerns 2 pm; (second semi-final) KZN Coastals vs WP 4 pm.

B Section (Buffalo Flats unless stated): Free State vs Mpumalanga (11 am);Sasko SA Country Districts B vs Southern Cape (1 pm); WP Peninsula vs Sasko SA Country Districts B (3 pm); Namibia vs Border (Kat Leisure Park 6 pm).

SA Hockey World



WP five-star showing blows EP off the park

By BRIAN McLEAN

THE Eastern Province women’s hockey team’s woes continued at East London’s Kat Leisure Park yesterday when they were whipped 5-0 by Western Province.

The defeat was their third consecutive loss in the A section section at the inter-provincial and now hold the dubious distinction of being the only team in their pool not to have scored a goal.

Western Province are unbeaten so far and have the look of champions about them after beating reigning champions Southerns 3-1 on Wednesday.

To their credit, Eastern Province held their opponents to a goalless second half after conceding five goals in the opening 35 minutes.

Four came from penalty corners struck home by Cindy Brown (2), Ilse Davids and Vida Ryan.

The other was an excellent field goal by Farah Fredericks.

Border, who are in the B section, had a bye yesterday and play Namibia today.

However, their closest rivals Free State will also play weaker opponents in Mpumalanga, so goal difference will play a crucial role in seeing who tops the log.

In an A Section humdinger also yesterday at Kat Leisure Park, Northerns did just enough to beat KwaZulu-Natal Coastals 2-1.

The win took Northerns to the top of Pool B after the two went into their clash level-pegging on points.

After a scoreless first half in which both teams played careless hockey, the game came alive, with Northerns breaking the deadlock one minute after the restart when Marlene Nortje converted a field goal..

Another six minutes later to Tarryn Moses, had Northerns 2-0 up before Coastals started their fight-back.

Time and again they came close to scoring, only to be denied by some terrific defence until they were awarded a penalty flick with 10 minutes remaining. Merel de Blaey stepped up to slot the ball home.

With only seconds remaining and the hooter having sounded, Coastals forced a penalty corner, but after an initial block by goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa – she was outstanding – Sammy Prost’s shot sailed wide.

Daily Dispatch



SA women's coach Giles Bonnet plots the way forward

JONATHAN COOK


WATCHING the SA Women's Interprovincial Hockey Tournament with interest at Kat Leisure Park in East London this week has been new national coach Giles Bonnet, who recently offered his thoughts on the South African squad tour to China.

"Not every objective was reached during the three weeks in Beijing," Bonnet said. "However, the process was started, which was in itself a key goal."

Bonnet said examples of some of the process goals that were reached, was the establishment of a new style of play, and framework that was understood and implemented in the 12 matches that SA played against world number three team and current Olympic Games silver medallists China.

"Key structures were introduced, which gave the players the requirement expected in terms of playing both with and without the ball, and an inventory of technical skills was made per each individual, and work was also started in the development of new skills, missing skills or reinforcing existing skills."

Bonnet said specific technical training was started in specialist areas, such as goalkeeper, drag-flick and striker training.

"A collective vision was identified and shared, and measurable goals were agreed that would be required to make this vision possible to realise. The squad that we had in China showed a strong resilience to being pushed hard, and a fighting spirit to remain competitive, which was very pleasing to see."

Bonnet said that as the group improves its structures and individual skills within these structures, this tough competitiveness will turn good performances into results in the future.

"There is also the attitude to do the hard work required, and very necessary, to become a more competitive team; this was another important quality that stood out in this stage of our development."

The former SA men's captain and men's national coach, who also coached the Belgium national men's team, is based in Amsterdam where he coaches Dutch Premier League club Pinoke.

Bonnet said there were six key areas that stand out as areas that will represent the team's focus going forward: technical skills, physical conditioning, decision making and on-field responsibility, specialist skills, set-pieces, and structures.

"Two-thirds of the current national squad were able to be present in China and it was very encouraging to see how the players grew through the three-week period and how the team began to implement the structures and appointments assigned to them towards the end of the stage," the 46-year-old Bonnet said.

He said these points, and the fact that the team began to become competitive in periods in the last three matches with China through the implementation of the structures, was a big plus, especially considering the poor physical condition of the team by that stage, as they had been put through an extremely strenuous test both physically and mentally.

"We have two camps after IPT, which will allow us to continue the process that was started in China, especially in the identified six key areas. This camp will also form the start of our physical testing. And from there, individual physical training programmes will begin."

SA Hockey World



England Hockey Squad named for ABN AMRO Men's Champions Trophy

Four players return after sitting out of Great Britain squad’s four nations tournament


The England Hockey squad for the forthcoming men’s ABN AMRO Champions Trophy has been announced.  Head Coach Jason Lee has recalled several of the athletes that made way for less experienced players in Great Britain’s squad for the International Four Nations Tournament in Nottingham last week.  18 year old Brooklands MU defender Andy Bull has kept his place after making his senior international debut in Nottingham.

Surbiton pair Ben Hawes and Rob Moore rejoin the group with Hampstead & Westminster defender Dan Fox also returning.  Loughborough Students’ Richard Smith, who was originally named in the Great Britain squad but who was withdrawn to allow him more time to recover from injury, has also been selected.

18 year old Bull, who played for England Hockey under 18 boys at Easter and the under 21s in early May, has been retained by Lee after impressing against Japan, New Zealand and Germany at Highfields Sports Club.  Reading’s Richard Mantell and Surbiton’s Matt Daly are still being treated for injuries sustained during and prior to the World Cup respectively.

The ABN AMRO Champions Trophy gets underway in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on Saturday 31 July and runs until Sunday 8 August.  England Hockey open their campaign on Saturday 31 July against Germany, the side that they beat in the final of the 2009 EuroHockey Nations Championships and who beat them in the semi final of the 2010 Hero Honda FIH World Cup in Delhi.  Spain, Australia and the Netherlands are the opposition in games two, three and four before New Zealand round off the pool stage ahead of the classification matches on Sunday 8 August.  Prior to their departure next week, a larger England Hockey training squad will take part in a four day training camp.

England, ranked sixth in the world, finished sixth at the 2009 tournament in Melbourne and qualified for the 2010 edition on the back of a fantastic World Cup in March where the side finished fourth in Delhi, its highest ever World Cup finish on foreign turf.

England Hockey Fixtures at the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy 2010

Date - Time (BST) - Fixture


Saturday 31 July - 12:00 - Germany v England
Sunday 1 August - 16:00 - Spain v England
Tuesday 3 August - 15:00 - Australia v England
Thursday 5 August - 17:00 - England v Netherlands
Saturday 7 August - 12:00 - England v New Zealand
Sunday 8 August - tbc - Classification Playoffs

ENGLAND HOCKEY MEN’S SQUAD FOR 2010 ABN AMRO CHAMPIONS TROPHY

MONCHENGLADBACH, 31 JULY – 8 AUGUST 2010

Name (Club) Position Eng Caps/Eng Goals GB Caps/GB Goals Age


Richard Alexander (Surbiton) Def/Mid/Fwd 100/8 37/4 28
Nick Brothers (Reading) GK 23/0 2/0 26
Andy Bull (Brooklands MU) Def 0/0 4/0 18
Nick Catlin (Loughborough Students) Mid/Fwd 17/3 5/1 21
Jonty Clarke (Reading) Fwd 117/22 31/8 29
Adam Dixon (Beeston) Def/Mid 35/0 4/0 23
James Fair (Cannock) GK 62/0 15/0 29
Dan Fox (Hampstead & Westminster) Def 18/0 0/0 27
Ben Hawes (Surbiton) Def 112/24 69/19 29
Ashley Jackson (HGC) Mid 50/37 39/13 22
Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead) Mid 118/5 40/4 27
Iain Mackay (Reading) Mid 33/5 3/0 25
Simon Mantell (Reading) Fwd 61/24 33/6 26
Barry Middleton (c) (HGC) Mid/Fwd 135/34 78/28 26
Rob Moore (Surbiton) Fwd 120/15 54/12 29
Richard Smith (Loughborough Students) Def 36/4 0/0 22
James Tindall (Surbiton) Fwd 100/43 38/15 27
Alastair Wilson (Beeston) Def 77/6 35/0 26

England Hockey Board Media release



England Hockey Under 21 Squads Announced for European Champs

The England Hockey Under 21 men’s and women’s squads will be competing at the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships from this weekend.

The biannual competition is the top tournament on the continent at U21 level and will pitch England’s U21 sides against the best young players from top European hockey playing nations such as Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

The women’s competition runs from Sunday 25 until Saturday 31 July and will be played at the home of one of France’s top clubs, Lille MHC.

England U21 women will face the Junior World Champions the Netherlands, Lithuania and hosts France in Pool B of their tournament.  Matches against reigning European title holders Germany, Belarus, Scotland or Spain later in the competition are all possible depending on their finishing position after the pool stage.

Nine members of England’s successful 2009 Junior World Cup squad will make the trip to France, aiming to follow in the footsteps of the five Junior World Cup teammates who are now training with the senior England and Great Britain teams.  Sophie Bray, Jenny Hall, Sarah Haycroft, Dilly Newton, Harriet Pierce, Susie Townsend, Amy Turnbull, Lauren Turner and Hollie Webb were all members of the England U21 women’s team that recorded a best ever Junior World Cup finish of fourth in Boston in August 2009.

The men’s competition takes place in Siemianowice Slaskie in Poland and also runs from 25-31 July.

England U21 men have been drawn in Pool A in Poland alongside reigning Junior European Champions Spain, Belgium and France, while the hosts are in Pool B with Junior World Champions Germany, the Netherlands and Russia.

11 of the U21 men’s group are in their second year with the squad including Loughborough Students’ David Condon, who returns to the U21s for the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships with senior international experience following his appearances for England men in the 2009 Champions Trophy last November.  Ben Arnold, James Bailey, David Beckett, Richie Dawson-Smith, Marc Edwards, Simon Faulkner, Chris Griffiths, John Kinder, Ben Tibble and Henry Weir are the other players that played at the 2009 Junior World Cup in Singapore and Malaysia last summer.

Also included in the U21 men’s squad is 17 year old Old Loughtonians athlete Harry Martin who made his senior international debut for Great Britain last week during the International Four Nations Tournament in Nottingham; Great Britain finished runners-up to Germany on Sunday.

England U21 Women EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships Fixtures

Date - Local Time - UK Time - Fixture


Sunday 25 July - 17:15 - 16:15 - England v France
Monday 26 July - 15:15 - 14:15 - England v Netherlands
Wednesday 28 July - 15:15 - 14:15 - Lithuania v England
Friday 30 July - tbc - Classification Matches
Saturday 31 July - tbc - Classification Matches

England U21 Women EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships Squad

Name (Club)


Becky Batsford (GK) (Sutton Coldfield)
Sophie Bray (University of Birmingham)
Laura Bridge (Loughborough University)
Takara Haines (Trojans)
Jennifer Hall (Canterbury)
Rebecca Halle (Old Loughtonians)
Sarah Haycroft (University of Birmingham)
Joanne Hunter (Beeston)
Jenny Mashford (GK) (Teddington)
Shona McCallin (Beeston)
Dilly Newton (Clifton)
Harriet Pearce (Clifton)
Alice Sharp (Belper)
Susie Townsend (Gantoise)
Amy Turnbull (Loughborough University)
Lauren Turner (Leicester)
Hollie Webb (Cannock)
Jess Wood (Belper)

England U21 Men EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships Fixtures

Date - Local Time - UK Time - Fixture


Sunday 25 July - 10:30 - 09:30 - Spain v England
Monday 26 July - 15:45 - 14:45 - England v France
Wednesday 28 July - 12:45 - 11:45 - England v Belgium
Friday 30 July - tbc - Classification Matches
Saturday 31 July - tbc - Classification Matches

England U21 Men EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships Squad

NAME (CLUB)


Ben Arnold (Beeston)
James Bailey (GK) (Team Bath Buccaneers)
David Beckett (Loughborough Students)
Dominic Bowden (Loughborough Students)
David Condon (Loughborough Students)
Richie Dawson-Smith (Loughborough Students)
Marc Edwards (Loughborough Students)
Peter Jackson (University of Birmingham)
George Farrant (Team Bath Buccaneers)
Simon Faulkner (Loughborough Students)
Chris Griffiths (Loughborough Students)
Will Hearne (Sheffield Hallam Civica)
John Kinder (Team Bath Buccaneers)
Harry Martin (Old Loughtonians)
Phil Roper (Chester)
Patrick Smith (GK) (Bournville)
Ben Tibble (Surbiton)
Henry Weir (Loughborough Students)

England Hockey Board Media release



Scottish Women vie for Commonwealth selection this weekend

Scotland’s senior women will have to compete not only with Ireland but with each-other too as they play three games in Stirling this weekend. As the Commonwealth Games in October grow ever closer, head coach Gordon Shepherd has clearly stated that selection is the primary concern for these matches, saying “By the end of the weekend we’ll have cut down the overall squad list from thirty-two to twenty, sixteen of whom should have the chance to go to Delhi in October.” With almost half the players to be eventually cut, and so competition sure to be fierce amongst the squad, spectators could be treated to some very exciting games over the next few weeks.

Even the three uncapped players taking part against the Irish have a chance for glory in Delhi, as Shepherd confirms that they’re not only there for the valuable international experience. “When it comes to selection the playing field is even, every player has to prove themselves. Everybody who’s playing this weekend has the opportunity to be selected.” Kay Bartlett, Susan McGilveray and Ellie Cockburn, who all play for Glasgow Western, could start their international senior careers in style if they exceed expectations in the near future.

The players will also have the threat of their junior counterparts competing for places, most of whom will be playing next week in the European Junior Nations Championship in France. Shepherd has again confirmed that these players are also in the running, with plans to personally view their performances in the Europeans.

One player among the 26-strong squad who will have her own targets this weekend is Kelburne’s Laura Wrightson. If she can come back from a hamstring injury she will be on target to collect her fiftieth cap.

Scotland Women: Abi Walker (Canterbury Ladies), Carmin Dow, Becky Ward, Vikki Bunce, Amy Rowan (Dundee Wanderers), Becky Merchant, Liegh Fawcett, Kat Cameron, Louise Baxter, Nikki Kidd, Susan Hamilton, Ailsa Wylie, Alison Bell, Linda Clement, Aimee Clark (Grove HC), Kay Bartlett, Cat Ralph, Susan McGilveray, Clare Scott, Holly Cram, Ellie Cockburn, Sam Judge (Glasgow Western HC), Kaz Marshall (Giffnock), Emily Maguire (Reading HC), Laura Wrightson, Julie Bryce (Kelburne HC)

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Ireland V Scotland - Three Test Series (Women)


National Women's Coach has announced a relatively inexperienced squad to play against Scotland in Stirling over a three match series this weekend (23rd - 25th July). The squad of 18 sees a number of more experienced players rested after what has been a busy summer so far, providing the coach with an opportunity to asses other players on an international platform, six of whom are uncapped.

Commenting on the series Muller said "We are looking forward to a challenging series against a good team. Our team features eight changes from the team that played against Australia at the start of July with six new caps.  These matches will be an opportunity for us to gauge our depth and to access our players ahead of the start of the central preparation program."

Ireland will continue to accumulate match practise as they are also scheduled to play against Belgium later this month in UCD in a three match series on the 6th / 7th and 8th August.

IRISH SQUAD V SCOTLAND

23rd - 25th July, Stirling, Scotland

1.    Niamh Atcheler (Hermes)0 Caps
2.    Emma Clarke (Capt) (Leicester)95 Caps
3.    Lizzie Colvin (Loreto)33 Caps
4.    Miriam Crowley (UCC)0 caps
5.    Nicci Daly (Loreto)5 caps
6.    Nicki Evans (Railway Union)5 Caps
7.    Emma Gray (GK) (Hermes)14 Caps
8.    Michelle Harvey (Pegasus)38 Caps
9.    Sinead McCarthy (Cork Harlequins) 3 Caps
10.   Shirley McCay (Dragons)91 caps
11.   Jean McDonnell (Railway Union)0 Caps
12.   Anna O'Flanagan (Hermes)0 Caps
13.   Audrey O'Flynn (UCC)14 Caps
14.   Stephanie Quinn (Armagh) 4 Caps
15.   Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins) 65 Caps
16.   Pam Smithwick (GK) (Old Alex)0 Caps
17.   Alex Speers (Pegasus) 78 Caps
18.   Chloe Watkins (Hermes) 0 Caps

Rested Players: Mary Goode; Eimear Cregan; Lisa Jacob; Roisin Flinn; Bridget Cleland; Nikki Symmons; Emma Smyth; Niamh Small; Megan Frazer; Louisa Healy

Match Schedule:

Match 1:    Ireland v Scotland      (Fri 23rd; 19.00)
Match 2:    Ireland v Scotland      (Sat 24th; 16.00)
Match 3:    Ireland v Scotland      (Sun 25th; 12.00)

Match Schedule V BELGIUM

Match 1:    Ireland v Belgium       (Fri 6th August 19.00)
Match 2:    Ireland v Belgium       (Sat 7th August 16.00)
Match 3:    Ireland v Belgium       (Sun 8th August 12.00)

Irish Hockey Association media release



France grant request to play in invitational hockey tournament

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: France have agreed to accommodate the Malaysian national hockey team to play in an invitation tournament in Paris from Aug 24-29, which also involves Ireland, Poland and Scotland.

Malaysia, who will be on a European tour from Aug 10, had been looking for more matches to play against national side.

They already have in their programme four matches in Germany against club sides and Test matches against Ireland between Aug 18 and 22 in Dublin.

The MHF secretary, Hashim Mohamed Yusof, said yesterday that they were thankful to France for granting their request to join an earlier planned four-nation tournament in Paris.

“This will be good preparation for the team for the Commonwealth Games and Asiad,” he added.

The national team are now in Perth for matches against club sides. They started with a 1-4 defeat by Australian national champions Thundersticks on Tuesday but bounced back the next day to win 3-.

They have a match today against the Australian Sports Institute (AIS).

The national team have 30 players in their training squad and have plans to split them up into two sides for international assignments.

One team will feature in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in October while the more experience players will go to Guangzhou in November for the Asian Games, which offer the champions direct entry to the 2012 London Olympics.

For the Commonwealth Games, Malaysia face a daunting task in a group comprising defending champions Australia, India and Pakistan.

The draw for the Asian Games is not out yet and the MHF are seeking clarification from the Asian Hockey Federation on the delay.

“The draw should have been out by now but it is not clear who are the teams taking part in the hockey competition. We hope the AHF will provide us the information as soon as possible,” said Hashim.

The Star of Malaysia



Hockey India accepts Kaushik's resignation

NEW DELHI: Hockey India president Vidya Stokes on Thursday accepted the resignation of women's team coach MK Kaushik, a day after he relinquished the post in the wake of the sex scandal that has rocked the national game.

Kaushik tendered his resignation to Stokes yesterday, a day after a fringe player Ranjita Devi had leveled allegations sexual harassment against him.

"Hockey India president Mrs Stokes has accepted Kaushik's resignation," HI secretary general Narinder Batra said.

Meanwhile, chairman of the five-member HI enquiry committee Rajiv Mehta said that they have received replies of both the parties today and will be submitting their report to the federation president tomorrow.

"Both Kaushik and Ranjita have given their replies and clarifications we have sought from them. We will study their replies thoroughly and hopefully come out with our report tomorrow," Mehta said.

He also rubbished reports that some more players have lodged complaint against Kaushik, who has been involved with the women's team for nearly 20 years.

"We have received no more complaints against Kaushik except for the one by Ranjita," he said.

Although Kaushik stepped down from the coach's post, he pleaded innocence, saying the allegations were baseless and he was a victim of "big-time conspiracy".

HI also sacked videographer Basavraj whose photographs with prostitutes in compromising situations during the recent Canada and China tour were sent to the national body through an anonymous e-mail.

The Times of India



Search on for women's coach

Sports Reporter


The hunt for a new national women's coach has attracted a number of former players to apply for the post which fell vacant following M. K. Kaushik's resignation because of a charge of alleged sexual harassment against him.

Dronacharya award winning coach Baldev Singh, former India coach C.R. Kumar and ex-India goalkeeping coach Mir Ranjan Negi are in the race.

The coach is expected to be chosen only after the Hockey India elections scheduled here on July 28.

Kaushik had resigned from his post on Wednesday leaving the team without a coach just before a month for the World Cup, scheduled in Rosario (Argentina) from August 29 to September 11. Meanwhile, both Kaushik and Th. Ranjitha Devi, the player who accused Kaushik of sexual harassment, submitted their written statements to the HI probe committee on Thursday.

On another front in the developments in women's hockey, the Railway Sports Promotion Board Secretary, Jhanja Tripathy has demanded a “free and fair enquiry” into the matter.

In a letter addressed to HI President Vidya Stokes, the RSPB Secretary wrote: “Since 13 players and the manager (Madhu Yadav) are employees of the Railways, it is natural that we are concerned about their welfare and demand an impartial enquiry,” the letter said.

Ms.Tripathy has objected to one of the HI probe committee members, Zafar Iqbal, favouring Kaushik even before the enquiry is over. She has demanded a fair enquiry into the incident as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, the letter said that RSPB had not received any complaint or communication on this issue either from the 13 players or the manager even though they were Railway employees.

The Hindu



Real life Chak De! Negi likely to coach women's team

Satya Siddharth Rath


MUMBAI: Mir Ranjan Negi might get a chance to do a ‘Chak De!’ again. Not on reel, but for real. The sudden vacancy of the coach’s post for the women’s hockey team, owing to the resignation of long-time incumbent MK Kaushik over sexual harassment allegations, could pave the way for Negi to take over the reins of the women’s team.

Though nothing has been finalized yet, Negi - whose chequered career has striking similarities with Kabir Khan’s (Shah Rukh Khan) in the blockbuster - is believed to have sent his consent letter to Hockey India. It’s not yet clear who approached whom.

However, he’s not too sure if he’ll be able to replicate the ‘Chak De!’ magic if he gets the job. "Reel life is very different from real life. Even if I get to coach the girls, there’s very little time left for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. But then, miracles do happen. I have witnessed it many times during my life."

He certainly has. The former India goalkeeper went into hiding after he was accused of accepting money to ensure India’s 1-7 loss to Pakistan in the 1982 Asiad. He returned as goalkeeping coach for the 1998 Asian Games where the Indian men won the gold. He was goalkeeping coach of the Indian women’s team which won the 2002 Commonwealth Games and assistant coach when Indian women won the Asia Cup in 2004.

Negi may well become the next coach of the women’s hockey team. However, keeping with the drama that has become a constant sideshow to Indian hockey, HI secretary general Narinder Batra claimed it was Negi who approached the federation first, expressing his willingness to take up the job while Negi said he gave his consent only after he was asked.

Batra, however, said HI is not authorized to appoint the coach. "That’s the job of Sports Authority of India (SAI). We can only make recommendations. In this case, after Negi showed his interest, we asked him to send his biodata and consent letter which he has done already. We will send it to SAI," he said.

Negi too confirmed that he was keen to take up the assignment. "To be frank, I was in a dilemma for some time. I was a bit apprehensive too. But life’s all about taking up new challenges, and this is something so close to my heart," he told TOI on Thursday.

When contacted, SAI sources said nothing was decided as yet. "It’s too early to say anything."

The Times of India



Coach Kaushik told me it's good to have sex: Ranjitha

Times Now spoke with T S Ranjitha, who was allegedly sexually harassed by coach M K Kaushik. Excerpts from her statement to the TV channel.

“One day during the camp in Bhopal, Kaushik sir called me to his room and asked me whether I have had sex. I was quiet for a while, then he said it's good to have sex. Then I told my senior that Kaushik sir spoke to me in a disgusting manner. Still I remained quiet. Kaushik sir used to have one-on-one meetings with everybody for 10-15 minutes, but with me he used to always take an hour. He used to repeatedly say that I am beautiful. Can I talk to you whenever I feel like? And this kind of a conversation used to take place very often. One day it just went out of limit. During our tour to China one night, he called me to his room and started talking about my game. Soon he started talking about all sorts of things. He said you are pretty, you stay in Mumbai alone, you must be having a lot of fun. He even said that he was available 24 hours for me. He did not say it once or twice, he repeated it at least 5 times and that too pointing at the bed. I always thought he would stop on his own. I kept forgiving him. He was about to go to Germany, and he asked me tell me if you want something from there. He even offered me something another team member had asked for, saying that if I wanted it I should meet him the next day....”

The Times of India



Women hockey players thank 'whistleblower'

Arghya Ganguly


NEW DELHI: Sometime last week - "after repeatedly hitting a bottleneck as they tried to get their voice heard by the sports ministry" - members of the Indian women’s hockey team made up their mind not to further pursue sexual harassment charges against coach Maharaj Kishan Kaushik. They had instead decided to "reconcile themselves to the situation" and "concentrate on the game." That is till a "good samaritan" decided to send an anonymous tell-all letter along with unseemly pictures of team videographer Basavaraja to the ministry.

An anonymous letter was also sent on June 11th to the ministry detailing the misdeeds of Kaushik and Basavaraja but no action was taken. A member of the ministry, who had received the mail, had asked the sender to reveal his/her identity - which the sender refused to, fearing dire consequences. Therefore, the matter was buried again. "I’m grateful to whoever sent the letter (no one knows till date who wrote to the ministry) on my behalf. I wouldn’t have been able to write it myself of the torture that I went through since March this year," India player Ranjita, whose name was mentioned in the anonymous letter as one of the affected players, told TOI.

For the record, Ranjita was asked to write down the letter (a copy of which is with TOI) after she was probed for an hour in front of the four-member enquiry committee on Wednesday. "My father had asked met to quit playing when I told him about the harassment by the coach. But my mother told me that ‘you have worked so hard to get to the international level. Give it some more time. But if things get worse, pull out’. That’s what I did. I persevered but I was reaching the breaking point," stated Ranjita.

“The cosch asked me if I was sexually active and pointed towards the bed saying that he was available for me 24 hours”, she said.

“He said this not once or twice but many times”, she added.

Another player, Rosalind Ralte said, "We had seen how Kaushik conducted himself in the last few years, during the camps and tours. His brazen affair with the then team manager Anurita Saini and how he went ahead despite us catching him in compromising position. How he was so insensitive and fearless about being caught. So when Ranjita came to us crying in the month of March that Kaushik was sexually harassing her, there was no reason to disbelieve her."

Sunita Lakra, another India player, added her bit by saying, "Ranjita would often break down but we couldn’t do much about it except to tell her to keep concentrating on the game and avoid Kaushik at all cost which was a difficult thing to do since he was the coach. We knew Kaushik was powerful. We knew how he went scot free when Helen Mary had complained against him and Saini. We knew we didn’t have evidence against Kaushik except for us eye-witnesses so when someone posted the letter and the pics, we were more than happy."

On Thursday, the players sent a letter to the ministry, signed by as many as 31 of them, with a declaration that "We believe and support Ranjita and all the charges that she has levelled against Kaushik. We understand how hurt she is by all this. We don’t want anyone else to go through what she has gone through in future."

Attempts to reach Kaushik were not successful.

The Times of India



Hockey Sex Scandal: Teammates to be quizzed

NEW DELHI: The Hockey India committee looking into allegations of sexual harassment against former women's hockey team coach M K Kaushik will also talk to some of the players who have supported their teammate who levelled the charges.

Kaushik, who resigned as the national women's hockey coach after charges of sexual harassment were levelled against him by Ranjitha Devi, filed his reply to the committee Thursday.

Ranjitha, who has the support of 30 of her fellow-players, has also made a written submission to the committee.

"They have submitted their reply. The committee will meet tomorrow and go through it," Rajeev Mehta, chairman of the committee, informed.

The only female member of the committee, Sudarshan Pathak said that it is a "serious" issue and the committee need to take everyone's viewpoint before finalising their report.

"We are dealing with a serious issue here. We should talk to other players who have supported the girl. We have to carefully examine all the facts before taking any decision in the matter. We cannot rush with things," Pathak said.

The committee, comprising Mehta, Olympians Ajit Pal Singh and Zafar Iqbal and Pathak, met both Kaushik and Ranjitha Wednesday afternoon to record their versions.

The committee was supposed to send its findings to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Friday, but it can take longer.

Asked whether they will send their report to SAI Friday, Mehta said: "We will try to send it tomorrow. We also need to talk to some of the girls, who have supported the player, and is not touring with the team."

19 of the 31 players, who supported Ranjitha, are touring Korea for the Asian Champions Trophy July 27-31.

The Times of India



Now Baldev speaks against Kaushik

NEW DELHI: Dronacharya awardee hockey coach Baldev Singh, who has groomed many star players like skipper Surinder Kaur, on Thursday backed sexual harassment accusations against MK Kaushik, saying he was aware about the alleged misbehaviour of the national coach.

Singh said the girls, whom he has trained, spoke to him about Kaushik's alleged misconduct and the had raised the issue with the national selectors.

"I had received complaints from the girls earlier also. They used to say that 'Kaushik sir (MK Kaushik) has totally changed now. He uses abusive language and his behaviour is strange'.

"He even threatened captain Surinder Kaur and star forward Jasjeet Kaur to exclude their names from Commonwealth Games 2010 team," Baldev, who has trained stars like Surinder, Mamta Kharab and Rani Rampal said.

Kaushik tendered his resignation yesterday following charges against him by a woman player but pleaded innocence.

Singh has been coaching the girls from Shahbad Markanda, nursery of women hockey in the country, for the last 20 years at the local hockey stadium.

On Kaushik's claims that some girls were out of the team because of their poor performance and recordings were a proof, Baldev said the video was made by Kaushik and his support staff according to their agenda.

"Players say they make video of that part of the match only where they have committed some mistakes. Why don't they show the video of full match? This is absolutely blackmailing," he said.

Singh said many talented players and Indian Women Hockey particularly have suffered due to Kaushik's style of functioning.

"Goalkeeper Jasdeep Kaur was kept out of the squad despite attending the camp. She was the best Asian player. Sandip was shown the door two months back without any explanation.

"Full back Suman Bala and Former captain Helen Mary's career was destroyed. Now 2002 CWG golden girl Mamta Kharab is suffering," he accused.

He said that an international player from Shahbad has verbally complained against a south Indian support staff four years back.

"The girl was shattered. I conveyed her complaint to Amrit Bose (former IWHF secretary). That man was removed from the post but the issue was settled behind the doors. But the situation remained gloomy.

"Girls did not want to attend national camps. Kaushik used to call them alone in the room which they never liked. But the girls were very well prepared this time and the whole team was united against him," he said.

The Times of India



Helen Mary issue in coach Kaushik's case

K. Arumugam


Former Indian captain Helen Mary has claimed in a spate of interviews yesterday two points. First, she claimed that she left hockey because of coach Kaushik’s behaviour (meaning sexual harassment) and two, his relationship with the lady manager of her times.

I have nothing to say on the second point which is not sports related. She has said so and it is between her, coach and the probing committee to look at it and bring the fact before the public.

However, I have a view and feel duty-bound to bring that and certain related events with respect to first point: Why Helen Mary had to leave national team after the last World Cup?

By being a senior most goalie Helan was the leader of the 2006 World Cup team that played some extra-ordinary matches. It lost to reigning World Cup champions and the reining Olympic champions the Netherlands and Germany by an odd goal in the first two matches.

Kaushik was of the view that the team lost crucial matches because of bad goalkeeping. He felt the team is not implementing what is being discussed in the rooms and practice classes. The bone of contention was defence and goalkeeper’s positioning. He expected Helen not to fall on the ground at the drop of hat, and that she should not rush to the top of the circle without bothering about back up. She in particular did not follow coach’s instructions, which was given to her many times for which I was eye witness.

I was the lone journalist from India, and had free access to drawing room meetings and practice sessions.

I was then syndicating Kaushik’s column for Hindustan Times and he mentioned there that the players are not exactly implementing his ideas.

He openly admonished Helen for being indiscipline which she resented.

After the World Cup was over, he told her; “You don’t think you betrayed me, you turned out to be a traitor for the country. (ye mat socho ki mere sath beimani ki hai, aapne desh ke sath gaddari ki hai)

I tried to pacify Kaushik who was fuming. After some moments he said, “each day after our discussions in the room, she called all the players to her room, and asked them to follow her instructions. How can she do it? I spent hours each day before the video to study and get strategy ready for the next day. She did all these so that she cannot be faulted for her own game. She is selfish. She sacrificed country's interest. This is the reason we lost close matches".

After the team returned, expectedly she had difficulty in getting into the team. Young Marita Tirkey replaced Helan, and the team went on to win bronze at the Doha Asian Games.

The story does not end here. Kaushik refused to coach women team. For the whole of 2007 the national women team had no coach.

Kaushik vowed that day at Madrid he won’t coach women team any longer, but the fate willed differently.

If anybody has doubt on what I have written here, they should talk to the then assistant coach AB Subbaiah or physio Dr. Vikas Dhawan. They were also witness to what I portrayed.

Stick2Hockey.com



A coach should be like a father, guardian and comrade

Mohit Singla


The recent sex scandal in Indian Hockey has raised questions on the safety of girls desiring a career in sports. Newsline spoke to a cross-section of people in the city and gathered their diverse views on what some term as the darkest episode in Indian sports history.

* Dr C S Grewal, Sports Director, Physical Education, Panjab University

A coach should be like a father, guardian and comrade to the players. This case came to light after players lodged a complaint. Such incidents might be happening in other sports as well. An independent inquiry must be conducted by the government and the guilty should be punished.

* Ruma, former Basketball player

Girls who take up sports face many difficulties. Harassment is a problem in any sport. They are rarely allowed to open up with their sportsmates or coaches. I gave up playing basketball after facing problems of harassment.

* Neha Chaudhary, student

This case has been reported just before the Asian Champions Trophy. It is a serious concern and highlights the ineffective system of the Indian Hockey Federation. If national level players face such problems, the condition of women at lower levels could only be worse. The government should take the issue seriously and action should be taken against the errant officials.

* Mandeep Kumar, Tennis player

For the security of women teams, female security guards should be deployed. The fear of harassment acts as a deterrent for women desiring to take up sports. India has good women players in all sports, but measures need to be taken to ensure they are not exploited.

* Ranjit Singh, employee, Physics department, Panjab University

There should be female coach for every women sports team. Sexual harassment of women players starts from the zonal level, but they are hesitant to talk about it. The girls taking up sports should be taught about their rights and strict action should be taken against the guilty.

* Vinod Parkash, employee, Panjab University

A female assistant coach must be necessary for women teams. It is a sad narrrative on Indian sports that comes just before the Commonwealth Games 2010. While we talk of gender equality, the fairer sex ends up facing such problems that prove to be a hindrance to their success.

* Sameer Bansal, student

Incidents of this kind are a blot on the image of the country. While on one side we are trying to attract quality sportspersons, on the other such incidents are maligning Indian sports. At a time when the world is looking up to for hosting the Commonwealth Games, such incidents are damaging the image of the country.

Indian Express

 



Former India captain Ganesh calls for enquiry

BANGALORE: Former India captain MP Ganesh has called for a probe by a retired judge into the sex scandal that has rocked women’s hockey. Ganesh, who mentored coach MK Kaushik, the man facing allegations of sexual harassment, said there was no point in indulging in verbal volleys without actually making an attempt to find out the truth.

"Kaushik is a man of character, I can vouch for that. He worked under me from the late 80s when I was India’s national coach. He has all the qualities of a good tutor. His passion and dedication for the game is unquestionable. I cannot believe that such allegations can be levelled against him," Ganesh told TOI.

"Having said that, since one of the players has raised the issue, it is best we have a proper inquiry. I wouldn’t want anyone who is part of the game on the panel. Instead we ought to appoint a retired judge."

Ganesh, whose association with women’s hockey ended in 2008 when he quit as the treasurer of the IWHF, was instrumental in coaxing Kaushik to return to the women’s hockey fold the same year after he had accepted the job as the men’s coach. Earlier, in 1998, he had persuaded the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) successfully enough to rope in Kaushik for the Bangkok Asian Games, where India won the men’s gold.

Kaushik resigned as the women’s hockey coach on Wednesday, vowing never to come back after one of the players - supported by the rest of the team - sent a signed complaint against him to the national federation. Ganesh also called for restraint among those - including sportspersons - who have begun articulating their views about the controversy. "I request each one of them who have been using the media to air their opinions to first introspect before commenting on Kaushik."

Dronacharya awardee boxing coach OP Bhardwaj too felt the accusations against Kaushik were nothing but a conspiracy. Bhardwaj, the first Indian boxing coach to be honoured with the award, said he knew Kaushik for years and it was impossible to believe that the celebrated coach would sexually harass girls under him. "I have known him for years and we have even travelled together on various multi-sport international events. The allegations against him cannot be true," Bhardwaj said.

The Times of India



11 tribal girls thrown out of SAI centre

Ajit Bezbaruah


AHMEDABAD: Hockey is our national sport but hockey players have never been regarded as national property. After allegations of sexual harassment against the coach of the Indian women’s hockey team, another case of ill-treatment of players has come to light.

The coach at the SAI Centre at Gandhinagar, Ila Sharma has come under scrutiny after 11 tribal girl trainees from Chota Udepur were put out of the hostel without any reason. And the centre didn’t even inform the school, from where these girls were picked, about their ouster.

"Throwing out these girls without any intimation and without giving any valid reason is just criminal," said Sailesh Darji, coach of the girls when they studied at the Don Bosco School in Chota Udepur. "They are tribal girls who don’t know anything except hockey. It was a miracle that they reached home safe," said Darji.

"Sharma had herself come to take these girls to the centre. The parents were unwilling to send their daughters to a far-away place, so Sharma took all the parents and their daughters to Gandhinagar where SAI hosted them for a week so that the parents would be convinced. But I always had my doubts. What I feared then, came true now."

"The girls went to take part in a tournament in Vadodara without Sharma’s permission. That looks like a likely reason," said a source. But Champa, one of the players, said: "But we took her permission. We have the letter which she signed."

Both Sharma and assistant coach M Thakur couldn’t be traced despite repeated attempts. But SAI Gandhinagar director Shyam Sunder said that the girls were asked to leave due to ‘non-performance.’ However records available with TOI show that these girls participates in various national-level competitions during their four-year stay in the centres and performed commendably.

The Times of India



Unhappy with HI panel, players want SAI to probe charge

Arghya Ganguly


NEW DELHI: As expected, the Indian women’s hockey team is not happy with the panel Hockey India formed on Wednesday to probe the sexual harassment charges against coach MK Kaushik. They have sent a letter to the sports ministry on Thursday, stating that Sports Authority of India (SAI) should be given responsibility of probing the matter.

The letter stated, "we are not satisfied with the way the probe committee members especially Mr. Zafar Iqbal who is giving statements to news channels. That has led us to doubt the approach of the inquiry committee towards the issue concerning Ms. Ranjita. We want a proper inquiry by the Sports Authority of India as we have faith in the assurance given by you (ministry). We are attaching a scanned copy of the request letter by Ms. Ranjita. Kindly do the needful."

Ranjita herself shot off a letter to the executive director of the SAI, saying: "I have been inquired by the four-member committee appointed by Hockey India on the issues of harassment by the chief coach MK Kaushik. I am not satisfied with the approach of the committee and I want the SAI to undertake an inquiry and talk to me for the same. Kindly arrange for this."

Meanwhile, Kaushik’s resignation was accepted by Hockey India on Thursday. Kaushik also responded to the allegations by submitting his side of the story in writing to the enquiry committee. The committee, which received Kaushik’s response in the evening, will go through it before submitting a report to the HI president, who will then forward it to SAI for further action.

The Times of India



DCW objects to all-male panel for hockey team scandal probe

NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission of Women was on Thursday unhappy with Hockey India setting up an "all-male" panel to look into sexual harassment allegations against coach M K Kaushik in violation of Supreme Court orders and asked Sports Ministry to take necessary steps to correct the anomaly.

In a strongly-worded letter to Sports Minister M S Gill, DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh said complaints of such nature would have a "highly demoralising" effect on the country's sportswomen at a time when the country is going to host the Commonwealth Games.

Asking the Minister to furnish details about the complaint filed by hockey player Ranjita Devi and action taken by the Ministry, Singh said that the DWC was ready to assist in the inquiry if required.

Describing the allegations as "very serious", Singh said the committee formed by the Hockey India was an "all-male body" which was in violation to the Supreme Court guidelines in setting up Sexual Harassment Committees.

"Ideally, the committee inquiring into sexual harassment ought to have a woman as a chairperson and 50 per cent of its members as female and a NGO representative to ensure fairness and complete objectivity of the inquiry. The committee should therefore be constituted on these lines," she said.

The panel has five members which is headed by Hockey India official Rajiv Mehta. The other members include Zafar Iqbal, Ajitpal Singh and Sudarshan Pathak.

Stung by the allegations, Kaushik resigned from the post of coach yesterday as the hockey establishment launched a thorough probe into the sex scandal which has rocked the national game. Kaushik has said the allegations were baseless and he was a victim of "big-time conspiracy".

Hockey India also sacked videographer Basavraj whose photographs with prostitutes during the recent Canada and China tour were sent to HI through an anonymous e-mail.

The Times of India



Kalmadi refuses to speak on hockey sex scandal

NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi on Thursday chose not to speak on the sex scandal that rocked the Indian women hockey on Tuesday.

"Four-member panel has been formed by the Hockey India to look into the allegations. They will take the action. Wait and watch. I don't want to say anything further on the matter," Kalmadi said on the sidelines of a book release function.

Indian Hockey plunged into a moral crisis after fringe player Ranjita Devi sent a written complaint to the federation, alleging sexual harassment by coach M K Kaushik, who has resigned from the post.

Hockey India sacked videographer Basavraj, against whom they got an anonymous mail showing photographs of him with a prostitute during March-April China Tour.

The four-member committee looking into the allegations comprises Rajiv Mehta (chairman), former players Zafar Iqbal and Ajit Pal Singh and Sudarshan Pathak.

Meanwhile, Kalmadi asserted there was no delay in the completion of the Commonwealth Games venues.

"Infrastructure is ready. Stadiums are ready for the Games. Everything is going as per the time," he said.

On who should be the brand ambassador for the October 3-14 sporting event, Kalmadi said the Organising Committee will shortly announce the name.

"I'll again say, he or she will be a sportsperson. We will announce it shortly."

The Times of India



Kerala High Court stays Hockey Kerala to participate in HI elections

High Court of Kerala has passed an order today restraining Hockey Kerala or any of its representatives from participating in the Hockey India elections scheduled to be held on 28th July 2010.This order was passed after hearing the writ petition filed by Mercy Antony  (Secretary General of Association of Kerala Hockey).

Kerala Hockey Association Media Release