Exact origin of hockey is not known. In the past, the Arabs used curved sticks made of palmfibers and while Indians used bone sticks. In the 13
century, glass window of GloucesterCatherdals showed some youth playing with curved sticks and ball. In Chile, similar game wasplayed which was named as
British called it
, while in Ireland it was called
The world hockey was derived from the French word
. The revised rules were
published in 1875 in London. These rules were published by the Men’s Hockey Association of
London. Till 1887, hockey was played exclusively by men. After this, women also started playing
hockey. Hockey was introduced in the Olympics in 1908. women’s hockey was introduced in the
Olympics in the year 1980.
India also has an old history of hockey. The Beighlon cup was introduced in 1895 in Calcutta.However, Aga Khan Cup started in 1896 in Mumbai. The all India hockey federation was formedin 1925. first Senior National Championship was held in 1928 in Calcutta.
From 1928 to 1956, the Indian hockey juggernaut won six straight Olympic gold medals, while winning 24 consecutive matches. During this time, India scored 178 goals conceding only 7 inthe process.
t Field Hockey players in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens