News for 27 December 2013

All the news for Friday 27 December 2013

Star Sports shoots ad-campaign with Delhi Wave Riders' stars

NEW DELHI: Hero Hockey India League's official broadcaster, Star Sports on Thursday shot an ad-campaign featuring Delhi Wave Riders' star players Sardar Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh playing at Jantar Mantar.

Star Sports will shoot the marketing campaign across all six cities with star players of every HIL team showcasing their skills with the most iconic location of the city/region in the backdrop, to build team affinity and local pride.

Besides the Delhi Wave Riders, the plan is also to shoot Dabur Mumbai Magicians team playing in a Mumbai local train; Ranchi Rhinos at Dassan Falls, Jharkhand, Kalinga Lancers' at a beach in Odisha, Uttar Pradesh Wizards' in the lanes of Varanasi and Jaypee Punjab Riders in Amritsar with the Golden Temple as the back drop.

HIL, which starts from January 25, will see world's best hockey players playing in diverse cities across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Juju Basu, Head of Communications for Sports Business, Star India, said, "The core idea behind the campaign is to get India's hockey playing regions to celebrate the game that's been a part of their culture for decades.

"The campaign is therefore based out of the regions that the teams are from, using iconic backdrops and elements from their hockey heritage."

The Times of India

Lal Bahadur Shastri hockey tournament starts December 28

NEW DELHI: Eight teams will be participating in the 24th Lal Bahadur Shastri Men's Hockey Tournament to be held from December 28 to January 3, 2014 at Shivaji Stadium.

ONGC, Indian Oil, BPCL, Indian Air Force, PNB, CRPF, RCF and JB Hockey Academy have confirmed their participation in the week-long tournament.

However, defending champions Air India will not be part of the competition as they are currently playing in All India Scindia Gold Cup in Gwalior.

"Unfortunately Air India had to pull out of the tournament. We could have got more teams if the dates of the tournament wouldn't have clashed with Scindia Gold Cup," said Chairman, Tournament Committee Kamal Chaudhary.

The winning team will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs two lakh while the runners up will get Rs one lakh.

The tournament will be played in a league-cum-knockout format, and in the first match JB Hockey Academy will take on CRPF.

The Times of India

Three matches held in National Hockey

LAHORE - Port Qasim Authority, Army and National Bank of Pakistan won their respective matches in the 60th NBP National Hockey Championship here at the Johar Town Hockey Stadium on Thursday. In the first match, Port Qasim outclassed Police 3-0. Port Qasim opened their account in the 30th minute through a field goal by Owais-ur-Rehman as at interval, Port Qasim was leading with 1-0. They doubled the lead in the 53rd minute through Javed Ali while in the 61st minute, Sohail scored the third goal to register an easy win for Port Qasim. Army overwhelmed Navy 4-0 in the second match of the day 4-0 while in the third match, NBP outclassed PTV 5-0. Today (Friday)’s matches: PTV vs HEC, Police vs Navy and Army vs PQA

The Nation

Hockey coaches seminar begins

LAHORE - The three-day seminar organised by Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) started here at the National Hockey Stadium on Thursday with coaches from departments and provinces attending it the purpose of which is identifying the causes of shortcomings which were witnessed in the game of hockey in recent past. FIH Grade I coach Tahir Zaman, FIH coaches Khawaja Junaid and Col (r) Nadeem Ahmed Bhatti are conducting the activity. They stressed the need for chalking out a national strategy which should include the coaching parameters, development parameters at the club and grassroots levels. They also suggested ways to improve the domestic infrastructure in events and competitions and discussed various requirements of infrastructure and technical equipment, sponsorship and media related affairs.

The Nation

From cookies to crunches how the US National Team works out during the holidays

Feeling a little bogged down after a fantastic holiday of homemade goodies? Have no fear! David Hamilton the Women’s National Team’s Director of Performance Science came up with a clever seasonal workout for the national team based off of the infamous carol ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’.

Swap cookies for crunches with this official USA Field Hockey workout! To successfully complete the '12 Days of Christmas' you start off with one 50 yard shuttle. After finishing the first day, you then continue the exercise with two tuck jumps and one 50 yard shuttle. Afterward you do three star jumps, two tuck jumps, and one 50 yard shuttle. You continue this pattern all the way to day 12.

The 12 Days of Christmas

1              x 50 yard shuttle (100 yard total)

2              x Tuck Jumps

3              x 3 Star Jumps

4              x Push ups

5              x Body weight squats

6              x Bear Crawl

7              x Crunch

8              x Lateral Lunges

9              x Star Jumps

10           x Chair Tricep Dips

11           x Press up into Crunch

12           x Burpees

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USFHA media release