News for 08 Septembert 2013

All the news for Sunday 8 September 2013

Congratulations, Tokyo!

2020 Olympic Games goes to Japanese capital

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) would like to offer its congratulations to the city of Tokyo, which has been named as the host of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The capital city of Japan saw off challenges from Istanbul and Madrid to land the greatest show on earth at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will be the second time that the Games will take place in Tokyo, with the city having previously hosted the 1964 Olympics.

Once again, the FIH offers the Tokyo team its sincere congratulations on winning the bid, and Hockey greatly looks forward to being part of

FIH site

Indian Eves target World Cup qualification

Selectors name team to compete in 8th Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur later this month

(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

India’s national women’s team have qualification for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup firmly in their sights when they compete in the 8th Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hockey India’s selectors have named the team that will take part in the Asia continental championship event, which will be played from 21-27 September. 

Chief coach Neil Hawgood, assisted by B.P. Govinda, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab, Coach I S Gill, Scientific Advisor Matthew Tredrea and Government Observer Harbinder Singh, selected a list of 18 players and 6 standbys following training sessions on 30 and 31 August 2013.

The 18 member squad will be captained by seasoned midfielder Ritu Rani, with fellow midfield star Chanchan Devi Thokchom taking the vice captaincy. The complete line-up can be found below.

The senior women team camp is currently underway and commenced at NSNIS, Patiala from 8 August 2013 as final preparations for this tournament. The team will depart for Malaysia on 16 September 2013.

India – who need to win the tournament if they are to secure a place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands – will compete in Pool A with China, hosts Malaysia and Hong Kong China. Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei will do battle in Pool B. India will open their campaign against Hong Kong China on 21 September followed by China on 22 September and hosts Malaysia on 24 September.


1: Rajani Etimarpu
2: Savita


3: Deep Grace Ekka
4: Joydeep Kaur
5: Kirandeep Kaur
6: Sunita Lakra
7: Deepika
8: Namita Toppo
9: P Sushila Chanu
10: M N Ponnamma


11: Ritu Rani (Captain)
12: Chanchan Devi Thokchom (Vice-Captain)
13: Soundarya Yendala
14: Lily Chanu


15: Poonam Rani
16: Rani
17: Vandana Katariya
18: Anuradha Devi Thokchom


1: Sanarik Chanu
2: Asunta Lakra
3: Monika Malik
4: Navjot Kaur
5: Lilima Minz
6: Anupa Barla

Hockey India media release

Tar Heels get seven goals from seven plays to top the Wolverines

Rachel Magerman kicked off North Carolina's scoring in the eighth minute. North Carolina Athletics

No. 1 North Carolina 7, No. 9 Michigan 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Seven different players scored for North Carolina as the top-ranked Tar Heels beat No. 9 Michigan 7-2 in ACC-Big Ten Challenge play.

Michigan scored first, marking the second time in the season’s three games that UNC has given up a goal before scoring. The Wolverine lead lasted 11 minutes before senior Rachel Magerman scored on an assist from junior Loren Shealy to knot the game at 1-1. Junior Charlotte Craddock, who saw her first action of the season Saturday after missing the first two games with an injury, scored the game winner in the 29th minute on an assist from sophomore Nina Notman.

Sophomore Emma Bozek scored in the 31st minute, assisted by Shealy, to put the game at 3-1. In the 33rd minute, freshman Kristy Bernatchez notched the first goal of her Tar Heel career when she stole the ball on a press, drove in and shot from the top of the circle to put UNC up 4-1 at halftime.

Carolina opened the second-half scoring with a penalty corner goal in the 39th minute. Notman scored, assisted by grad student Janne Grove and sophomore Emily Wold. Michigan’s second goal of the game came on a penalty stroke by Leslie Smith in the 53rd minute. The Tar Heels then took a penalty stroke of their own, with senior Marta Malmberg nailing the season’s first attempt to put the team up 6-2.

In the 66th minute of play, freshman Lauren Moyer scored the first goal of her UNC career to set the final score at 7-2. Like her classmate Bernatchez, she also scored off a steal, coming up with the ball inside the circle and maneuvering around the goalkeeper for the shot.

No. 3 Princeton 4, Fairfield 3

PRINCETON, N.J. — Despite holding a 22-6 shot differential, it took a second-half rally and three goals during a two-minute span to propel Princeton  past Fairfield 4-3 at Bedford Field.

The Tigers out-shot the Stags 12-0 in the first half, but were unable to capitalize on their chances including six penalty corners.

Fairfield put Princeton on its heels early into the second half, scoring on its first shot of the match. Julie DePaeuw found an opening in front of the cage and shot it straight on in the 40th minute to go up 1-0.

While the Stags picked up momentum, Princeton found a way to take the ball into the circle and earn a penalty corner. Michelle Cesan fed a perfect pass to Syndey Kirby, who stopped it for Teresa Benvenuti to slice in the tying goal at 42:39.

Behind a swift momentum swing, the Tigers propelled it into their crucial three-goal run. Less than a minute after Benvenuti’s goal, a Cesan shot was saved and deflected back to her. She then tapped it over Fairfield’s goalkeeper Caitlin Bennett and Kirby was there to finish it.

Princeton’s surge concluded at 44:39, when the Hailey Reeves corralled the ball near the baseline and crossed it in to an open Allison Evans to put the Tigers up 3-1.

Evans’ insurance goal would eventually be depended on, as Fairfield managed to find another pair of openings on the cage to contain Princeton’s momentum pull.Princeton struggled to find a way into the circle and open lanes on goal until the 67th minute. On their ninth penalty corner of the afternoon, the Tigers scored their fourth goal set up from Cesan to Kirby with Benvenuti again finishing.

Fairfield remained in the game and worked to charge into the Tiger circle. A minute after the Tigers made it 4-2, goalkeeper Anya Gersoff charged out of the goal and the Stags garnered a penalty stroke. Heinen converted it at 67:18 to make it a 4-3 contest.


POA requests CGF to extend deadline for hockey event

LAHORE - The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has again requested the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to extend for another month the already extended deadline so that the green shirts may feature in the hockey event at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

But this perhaps is the final opportunity for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to see the light of day, as POA president retired Lt-Gen Syed Arif Hasan’s letter itself reflects that asking the CGF to show any further flexibility may not be appropriate.

Arif in the letter, made available to APP here on Saturday, wrote: “I assure you this would go a long way in keeping interest of the hockey players in Pakistan supreme and we would be satisfied that we have tried our best and left no stone unturned in this regard. If, in a month, we are unable to do so, you may take any decision as deemed appropriate by you.”

This personal letter was dispatched through electronic mail on Aug 16, and was addressed to the CGF Chief Executive Mike Hooper. The communication was essential because the previous CGF deadline expired on Aug 16, and was made exactly on the date after awaiting PHF’s communication.

Arif, who is also President CGA Pakistan, has requested the CGF to extend the deadline for another month, from the day of the said letter.

To keep the FIH in the loop, the letter has also been copied by the same e-mail to the world body’s officials, CEO, Kelly Fairweather, and Director of Sport, David Luckes.

Meanwhile, the PHF, in a vain effort to sidestep and further undermine the POA, tried to directly submit its letter of intent to the CGF. The CGF had promptly rebuffed it by asking the PHF secretary to route his communication through the POA; this CGF instruction was not complied hence the request for another extension of the extension.


HI inducts Steel Plant Sports Board as Associate Member

NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Sunday inducted Steel Plant Sports Board as an associate member, making it the 18th such inclusion.

Hockey India now has 18 associate members, with 27 affiliated members and two State Olympic Association members.

With this inclusion, Steel Plant Sports Board can take part in all the National Championships which are being conducted by Hockey India.

The Steel Plant Sports Board have 11 steel plants in around the country. SAIL Hockey Academy is an important hockey centre which has been functional since 1992 at Rourkela.

Dr Narinder Batra, secretary general, Hockey India welcomed Steel Plant Sports Board for their entry into Hockey India as an associate member.

"The Steel Hockey Academy has produced some international hockey players like Birendra Lakra, Jayram Lakra and Sushil Xalxo. SAIL ( Steel Authority of India) has contributed immensely in the development and promotion of Indian Hockey. With Steel Plant Sports Board becoming an Associate Member, it may open a window for job opportunities for our future players," said Batra.

The Times of India

Indian hockey's newest nursery

Saurabh Duggal

We are at the entrance of India's newest hockey nursery, the nondescript village of Sant Nagar, 55km from Sirsa towards the Rajasthan border on state highway 32.

The immediate task is to locate the residence of the national hockey team's newest wunderkind, the 19-year-old Malak Singh. We stop at a confectionary shop at the very entrance of the village. Before we could explain our situation the elderly shopkeeper answers all our queries.

"Here every youngster plays hockey, there's a lot of competition from within … my younger son is also a goalkeeper and recently played in the senior nationals… even the captain of the national team Sardar Singh is from this village… please tell me the name of the hockey player you are looking for and I will guide you to their residence."

In the village of around 1,200 houses, mostly belonging to the Namdhari Sikh sect, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that each house has a hockey player.

Their association with the sport can be gauged by the fact that the Indian team that recently won the silver medal in the Asia Cup, had three players, including the skipper, from this tiny hamlet.

Sardar Singh, Malak Singh and Gurmail Singh, all honed their skills at the village's hockey academy, housed at the Shri Guru Hari Singh Senior Secondary School in the village.

"Like any other kid in the village, we too were drawn towards the sport by watching our seniors playing. Most of our teenage years were spent on the grassy hockey field of the village. Today we are proud to contribute our bit to the village's hockey tradition," said Malak.

Inspiration point

If Malak and Gurmail drew inspiration from their senior Sardar, the present India captain, in-turn, turned to elder brother Didar, who was also an international payer and represented the country in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

"In our village, hockey is even more popular then cricket. In the evening you will not find even a single kid roaming around the village, the hockey ground will be packed to the rafters," says Sardar.

Since the time Didar Singh senior, who played at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, became the first international from the village, 15 players from the village have made it to the junior and senior national teams.

"Due to the efforts of our late Guru, Jagjit Singh ji, and his nephew Thakur Uday Singh ji, Sant Nagar has found a unique place in the country's hockey map. The sport hass also provided a source of employment for many from the village.  Around 50 village youths have got jobs in the various government and private departments," said Gurmej Singh, chief coach of the village hockey academy.

There are three coaches in the village and the entire expense of the setup is sponsored by Namdhari Seeds Limited.

The route to the top is also well-mapped-out. After honing their basic skills at the village academy, the players are shifted to Namdhari's centre of excellence — at Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana — where they have their own synthetic hockey astro-turf and sports hostel equipped with all modern facilities, including air-conditioned halls and a multi-gym.   

Dress code

The hockey players in the village are easily distinguishable owing to their unique dress code. The religious values of the Namdhari sect dictate many aspects of their life including their on-field attire – kacheras are used instead of shorts and they cover their head with a dastar.

"We've relaxed the dress code for players at the international level by allowing them to play in shorts, but even then they are advised to wear kacheras under the shorts. For domestic hockey we still wear the traditional outfit," said Baldev Singh, a former hockey player form the village who is currently working as a physical education teacher in Sirsa.  

How it all started

The 1975 World Cup triumph inspired Thakur Udhay Singh, now the head of the sect, to promote hockey in the village and a year later the Namdhari XI was formed. In the same year a hockey training centre was inaugurated at the village school.

The centre really took off in Baldev Singh's two stints (1980 to 86 and 1990-94), winning a number of national level tournaments, including the junior Nehru cup in 1980. The success of the current bunch just proves that the successful is one that is still being written.

Hindustan Times

Field Hockey Canada is seeking a High Performance Manager

Full-time position located in Vancouver, BC

Working in collaboration with a variety of partners, Field Hockey Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, growth and promotion of field hockey in Canada.  Among its responsibilities, Field Hockey Canada selects, prepares and promotes Canada’s teams for international competitions including Continental Championships, World Championships, and major multi-sport games (e.g. Olympic Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games).

Field Hockey Canada is seeking a highly organized and motivated individual with a sound technical knowledge of sport and 5+ years experience in a high performance environment. The HPM will play a critical role in all logistical aspects of both the women’s and men’s National programs and report directly to the National Team Head Coaches.

The successful applicant will operate within the guidelines of a National sport governing body that is committed to on-field success and the overall growth and promotion of the game across Canada.  A team player with exemplary communications and interpersonal skills is critical for success of this role – involving multi-tasking and dynamic interaction with coaches, athletes, volunteers, media, staff and the general public.

The HPM is a full-time position located in Vancouver, BC. The position will include full benefits and a competitive sport industry salary commensurate with experience.

Please submit applications by Monday, September 23, 2013, to the attention of:  Jeff Sauvé via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text92300 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please include a cover letter, résumé and salary expectation range.

No phone calls please!  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

HPM Duties & Responsibilities Overview:

Duties and responsibilities of Field Hockey Canada’s HPM will include, but are not limited to:

–        Manage the planning process for a quadrennial High Performance strategy under the direction of the National Team Head Coaches.

–        Ensure the details of the strategy are implemented on an ongoing basis, and in collaboration with program managers and coaches.

–        Develop an annual and quadrennial debrief cycle process to assess high performance program success.

–        Oversee the logistics for the preparation of annual and quadrennial high performance evaluations using the principles of ‘gap analysis’.

–        Consolidate annual and quadrennial Performance Reports based on the outcomes of the Debrief Cycle.

–        Plan and manage regular meetings with coaches, managers and integrated support team (IST) members, providing support and guidance as necessary.

–        Work in collaboration with managers to ensure budget compliance and that an action plan is set for all major international and domestic events.

–        Provide support for each National program regarding performance analysis, data tracking and information.

–        In collaboration with the Manager of Communications and Partner Services, manage program databases for athletes and alumni.

–        Manage on an ongoing basis the athlete assistance program (AAP, or also know as “carding”), including all reporting deliverables.

–        Ensure activation and compliance for athletes with respect to Canadian Athlete Insurance Program (CAIP) and Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) programs.

–        Work with staff as required ensuring reporting compliance for funding allocated toward High Performance, and execution on related deliverables.

–        Work in collaboration with co-workers and volunteers at events.

–        Serve as the key contact for various international and domestic partnerships.

–        Integrate with the daily training environment to facilitate conditions for success on and off the field.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Field Hockey Canada is seeking a Communications & Partner Services Manager

Full-time position located in Vancouver, BC

Working in collaboration with a variety of partners, Field Hockey Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, growth and promotion of field hockey in Canada.  Among its responsibilities, Field Hockey Canada selects, prepares and promotes Canada’s teams for international competitions including Continental Championships, World Championships, and major multi-sport games (e.g. Olympic Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games).

Field Hockey Canada is seeking a highly organized and motivated individual with a sound knowledge of communications, ideally with multiple years experience in a sport environment.  The successful applicant will have an understanding of how to manage a variety of partnerships and an appreciation for working collaboratively with Provincial sport organizations.  A team player with the ability to multi-task and with exemplary interpersonal skills is critical for success in this role.

Field Hockey Canada’s Manager of Communications and Partner Services is a full-time position located in Vancouver, BC. The position will include benefits and a competitive sport industry salary commensurate with experience.

Please submit applications by Monday, September 23, 2013, to the attention of:  Jeff Sauvé via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please include a cover letter, résumé and salary expectation range.

No phone calls please! Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Manager, Communications and Partner Services - Duties & Responsibilities Overview:

Duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


  • Member Partner Relations – as the primary staff connection to the Provincial sport organizations, work in collaboration with and engage on a variety of fronts including online registration, National Championships and information regarding various pathways (Coach, Athlete, Officials, etc.).  An understanding and appreciation of the amateur sport landscape in Canada is considered an asset.
  • Funding Partner Relations – ensure Field Hockey Canada’s funding partners are profiled, above and beyond all contractual obligations. Knowledge and experience in the Canadian sport funding landscape is considered an asset.
  • Corporate Partner Relations – integrate sponsor contract details with programs, events, etc. (i.e. logos, signage, advertising). Work to garner profile for Field Hockey Canada sponsors. A history of working with various corporate partners is considered an asset.
  • Website – maintenance, updates, and content of Field Hockey Canada’s websites.  Familiarity with managing websites is considered an asset.
  • Writing – reports/releases/profiles related to athletes, events, National programs, sponsor profiles and all relevant Field Hockey Canada activities.  Sport specific writing experience is considered an asset.
  • Meetings – organize meeting details including attendee lists, agendas and minute taking. Experience sitting on committees and knowledge of meeting procedures is considered an asset.
  • Video – production of video segments.  Creative approach to integrating video and the ability to shoot and edit footage is considered an asset.
  • Picture Database – manage coded database of pictures.  Ability and base knowledge of photograph is considered an asset.
  • Social Media – staff lead for social media platforms.  Integrate applicable platforms with athletes, programs and events.  Familiarity with social media platforms is considered an asset.
  • Contact Database – maintain database of contacts including; media, athletes, staff, volunteers, alumni, registered members and fans.
  • E-Newsletters – produce and dissemination of regular e-newsletters to targeted contact lists.
  • Media Relations – work with media across Canada.  Previous experience in dealing with media is considered an asset.
  • Alumni Relations – in collaboration with the High Performance Manager, activate on a strategy to engage and acknowledge alumni.
  • Statistician – manage statistical information related to athletes, applicable events and programs.   A disposition for tracking of sports statistics is considered an asset.
  • Awards and Recognition – track and maintain all trophies, cups, plaques and awards.
  • Event Support – assist with all aspects of Field Hockey Canada events.   Sport event experience is considered an asset.

Field Hockey Canada media release