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HISTORY OF MEN’S HOCKEYITS ORIGIN HISTORY OF WOMEN’S HOCKEYITS ORIGIN AND PROGRESS INDIAN HOCKEY FEDERATIONITS ORIGIN AND PROGRESS THE GOLDEN MOMENTS OF INDIAN HOCKEY- RECORD IN OLYMPICS GRADUAL DECLINE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HOCKEY TEAM- CAUSES INDIAN MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM FAILING TO QUALIFY FOR BEIJING OLYMPICS RESIGNATION OF HIGH OFFICIALS DUE TO THE FAILURE CRICKET AND HOCKEY COMPARED LAYMAN’S SOLUTION FOR THE REVIVAL OF INDIAN HOCKEY
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Every work is and should be supported by an objective. Without a specific objective that particular work is of no use. Therefore every project work should have something to say or teach people who are reading it. Here the topic of discussion is the “JOURNEY OF INDIAN HOCKEY”. We are here to discuss about how hockey evolved as a world famous game, how it came to India and the way the Indians mastered it. But we have to consider the slowdown in the performance of Indian hockey teams in the last 2-3 decades. It has really shown a downward trend. Then we will look upon the causes for the decline and the measures for revival of Indian hockey. My sole objective to make a project report on this topic is to create awareness among my mates and the people, about HOCKEY the sport which the people of our country have forgotten. . People don’t even know the names of hockey players and the tournaments in which the team plays at various levels. We just enjoy watching and gaining knowledge of sports like Cricket, Tennis or Chess that’s it! The point to understand is that Hockey is our national game and we have an immense pride associated with it so we have to watch it, take part in it and support it.
Hockey is one of the many sports derived from pre historic man's delight in stick and ball games. It is a game played between two teams on a field with curved sticks and a small hard ball. Its birth place was Asia and authorities credit Persia with having devised it about 2000BC. Modern hockey was created in England. The true ancestor of hockey was Irish
hurling. The first hockey club was formed in Blackheath in 1861. The first international match was played in 1895 between England and Ireland. In 1908 hockey was included in the modern Olympic Games. The most extra ordinary aspect of its evolution is that a game once so rough and unruly was adopted by women. Hockey became popular in India when the British Regiments played the game in India and introduced it in the British Indian Regiments who quickly picked up the game. The first hockey club was formed in Calcutta in 1885-86 followed by Bombay and Punjab. The Bengal Hockey was the first Hockey Association in India founded in 1908. With the popularity of the game, associations were formed in different states like Bombay, Bihar, Orissa and Delhi.
Women's hockey developed separately from men's hockey. Women do not seem to have played hockey widely before the modern era. Women's hockey was first played at British Universities and schools, and the first club, Molesey Ladies Hockey Club, was founded in 1887. The first national association was the Irish Ladies Hockey Union in 1894, and though rebuffed by the Hockey Association, women's hockey grew rapidly around the world. This led to the formation of the International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations (IFWHA) in 1927, though this did not include initially many continental European countries where women played as sections of men's associations and were affiliated to the FIH. The IFWHA held conferences every three years, and the tournaments associated with these were the primary IFWHA competitions. These tournaments were non-competitive until 1975. By the early 1970's there were 22 associations with women's sections in the FIH and 36 associations in the IFWHA. Discussions were started about a common rule book. The FIH introduced competitive tournaments in 1974, forcing the acceptance of the principle of competitive hockey by the IFWHA in 1973. It took until 1982 for the two bodies to merge, but this allowed the introduction of women's hockey to the 1980 Olympic Games, where, as in the men's game, The Netherlands, Germany, and Australia have been consistently strong.
National women's team
The Indian Women's Hockey Team is the national women's team representing field hockey in India. Captain Suraj Lata Devi led the team to the Gold for three consecutive years: during the 2002 Commonwealth Games (the event which inspired the 2007 Bollywood hit film, Chak De
" after winning the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup." On June 27 2009. On 29 April 2008. The report was quoted as stating. the 2003 Afro-Asian Games. "Eleven girls are suffering from different injuries and are under treatment and thus not fit for international competition of Olympic qualifying standards.India). They were referred to as the assi (Jasjeet) jaisi koi nahi or "Golden girls of hockey. A national championship between provinces was organized in 1928 at Calcutta to select the Indian team for the Amsterdam Olympics.  The Hindustan Times revealed that 16 days before leaving for the games. following the suspension of the Indian Hockey Federation. Russia. And New Zealand made a profit of £300 even after paying India £500. That was our first-ever foreign tour. India became the first winner of the women's Champions Challenge II in hockey history after they defeated Belgium 6-3 in the final in Kazan. But it was not active after that. And the players were conscious to project a good image and they had excellent skills that thrilled everyone. India lost 2-1 to the United States during the 2008 Women's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier. INDIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION The Indian Hockey Federation was formed in the year 1925 in Gwalior. a report found many of the players to be unfit for international competition. The tour was a huge success with India . The Army Hockey team's tour to New Zealand was the first tour undertaken by any Indian team representing IHF. The team was thus eliminated from the Beijing Olympics competition. The Indian Hockey Federation gained global affiliation in 1927 and joined the International Hockey Federation (FIH). and it was a smash hit. The tour Down Under gave a chance for revival of the Federations and thus began the efforts of consolidating the Indian Hockey Federation as the Indian Army's Hockey team toured New Zealand. Thus began the history of Indian Hockey Federation as India entered the Olympics to begin its golden saga. After the end of the World War 1. Madhya Pradesh during the Scindia Gold Cup tournament. Field Marshall Birdwood who was in charge of organizing the retreat of the combined Australian and New Zealand armies after the Gallipoli tragedy proposed a hockey tour to New Zealand in 1926 as a friendship tour. and the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup. the commander of the British Armed forces in India.  On 24 April 2008.
After the Indian Independence in 1947. the Indian team achieved another hat-trick of gold medals at the 1948 London Olympics. Hayman and Jagdish Prasad.Jothikumaran as Secretary General India started on a long road back developing hockey at all the age-group levels. For LA Games. India could gain only one gold medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 under the captaincy of Mr. Naval Tata became the first President of the Indian Hockey Federation of Independent India. The first Indian to head the IHF.P. In this period. many presidents including I. Gill at the helm.S. Then Ashwini Kumar took over from Tata and was at the helm of affairs till 1974 to give way to MAM Ramaswamy. . So hockey just managed to be in the Olympic field and that gave the world to see the magic of Indian hockey. thanks to the leadership of stalwarts like Birdwood. As such the hockey foundations were laid in the country. Then Indian Hockey Federation president AM Hayman motivated Japan by organizing Indian team visit to give them practice and persuaded hosts to enter the fray.000 from royal families.Baskaran.winning 18 of the 21 matches and the legendary Dhyan Chand was the cynosure of all the eyes scoring over 100 goals of the 192 Indian accounted for.V. assisted by Mr. In 1934 after the second Olympic gold. During his tenure. managed by collecting Rs 11. K. Funds were also a problem in the lead-up to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Indian teams started winning the regional tournaments at Asian level and IHF is drafting ways to revive the past glory. Mahajan.M. Then India bagged a hat-trick of gold medals at the Olympics.S.P. They began with Amsterdam in 1928 and followed it up with Los Angeles in 1932 and Berlin in 1936. Under the present regime with Mr.N. India was the only entry as the world was hit by economic depression. the Indian Hockey Federation inducted two Vice Presidents and a Treasurer. 1952 Helsinki Games and the Melbourne Olympics. Later.K. Raja Bhalindra Singh and R. For both Los Angeles and Berlin India had problems. Jagdish Prasad. Prasad ruled till K. Thus the two member body of President and Secretary got a boost to become a five-member body.376 out of the required sum of Rs 45. Gill took over in 1994.
M. Sircar Shri. M. Azizulnaque 11 1947-1958 12 1958-1975 13 1975-1980 14 1980-1983 Shri. Aswini Kumar Shri. Burn Murdoch Shri. M. Raja Bhpinder Singh Shri. I. Mahajan 15 1983-1985 Shri. A. Muhamad Zafrullah 8 1938-1939 Khan Shri. Powell Shri.Indian Hockey Federation S. Ramaswamy Shri. M. Khwajasir 9 1939-1945 Nizimuddin 10 1945-1947 Shri. M. K. S. Joseph Bhore Shri. P. Bruce Jurnbull Maj. 16 1985-1987 Ramaswamy 17 1987-1994 Shri. Naval H. Gill . M. N. Tata Shri. Prasad 18 1994-2008 Shri. R. Hyman Shri. Period No 1 1925-1927 2 3 4 5 6 7 1927-1929 1929-1931 1931-1933 1933-1936 1936-1937 1937-1938 President Col. Jagdish Prasad Shri. M. R. A. E. A.
8 of them. India lost 0-1 to Pakistan in the 1960 Rome Olympics final. The two other gold medals for India came in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1980 Moscow Olympics. During the Golden Era. Gold had finally turned to silver and a magical era had ended. scored 178 goals (at an average of 7. when after 28 consecutive victories in the Olympic Games. The next time we play. . In 1956. Riazuddin Ahmed said.43 goals per match) and conceded only 7 goals. the result will be different. "This is the first time that we played India in the Olympics." His prophetic words came true in 1960. The brilliant Indians brought a touch of black magic to their play and the ball juggling feats of the Indians were a sheer delight. Hockey was considered the National Game of India. India played 24 Olympic matches. the manager of the Pakistan hockey team. Unmatched excellence and incomparable virtuosity brought India a string of Olympic gold medals. Let’s look briefly but closely into the performances by the Indian Men’s hockey team in the Olympics since its introduction in 1928. won all 24. after India won the last of its six consecutive gold medals.Hockey is the only event in which India has won Gold Medals .1956 when India won 6 consecutive gold medals in the Olympics. The Golden Era of hockey in India was the period from 1928 .
but also for the opponents. who slammed in ten goals in the 24-1 rout of USA. there is a very amusing tale about the solitary goal scored by the Americans. as they could only watch Dhyan Chand`s magic and could do nothing about it.in Roopsingh (10) and Centre Forward Dhyan Chand (14). the opponents were like spectators. The biggest score in an international hockey match is the 24-1 victory of India over the USA. India`s record in the 1928 Olympics at Amsterdam: Played: 5 Won: 5 Goals For: 29 Goals Against: 0 2. 1932. Dhyan Chand was the Star attraction during the Amsterdam games. for during several moments. Dhyan Chand then scored three goals in the last four minutes for his side to snatch a dramatic victory. conceded a total of only 3 goals in the 3 Olympics. 1936). Los Angeles Olympics of 1932: The 1932 Olympics witnessed couple of world records created by Indians that still stand unbroken. 1932. He was referred as "The Hockey Wizard" after a sensational feat in the final of the Punjab Indian Infantry tournament in the town of Jhelum. The wizardry was not only meant for the spectators. the goalkeeper. India scored 24 goals in the 1932 Olympics. did not concede a single goal in the 1928 Olympics. The hockey brothers went on to represent India in the 1936 Olympics also. Left. They were. The record for the most number of goals scored in a single hockey match belongs to Roop Singh. winning yet another gold medal for India. the defenders had decided to let the Americans have a run. Richard James Allen. there was no goalkeeper. The Indian goalkeeper Richard Allen was signing autographs behind the goal post! India's record in at Los Angeles: Played: 5 Won: 5 . for the wizardry of Dhyan Chand. of which the brothers popularly known as the "hockey brothers" scored 25 of them. with sticks and jerseys. Allen. played on August 11.1. Amsterdam Olympics of 1928: The Amsterdam Games became the first stage. who kept India`s goal in 3 consecutive Olympics (1928. In the 24-1 victory against the USA. but when they looked behind.
this time led by the wizard Dhyan Chand himself. 1936. did not receive an altogether pleasant welcome in Germany. Just a day after their arrival in Germany. A crowd of around 40. Dhyan Chand. India met Germany in the final on August 15. Coming back after receiving first aid. India beat Hungary 4-0. the Indians repeatedly took the ball up to the German circle and then back passed to mystify their opponents. As the stunned crowd watched. had gathered. India's record at Berlin: Played: 5 Won: 5 Goals For: 38 Goals Against : 1 . To the Viennese. who left the match midway. the princess of Bhopal and other Indians who had traveled from the Continent. Among the audience was the ruler of Baroda. now playing barefoot instructed his team to go easy on goals. which built a statue of Dhyan Chand with four hands and four sticks. Dara joined the team for the 10-0 massacre of France in the semi-finals. India was up by 6 goals in the finals. the biggest crowd till then to witness an Olympic hockey match. Indians had not conceded a single goal in their march to the finals. no man with two hands and one stick could have played the way Dhyan Chand did. United States 7-0 and Japan 9-0.Goals For: 38 Goals Against: 1 3. India vanquished Germany 8-1 in the finals to win its third successive Olympic gold medal. due to the German goalkeeper. The Germans decided to play a rough game and went after Dhyan Chand. they lost against a German side. The supreme tribute to Dhyan was by a sports club in Vienna. disgusted at Germany`s plight. which resulted in a broken tooth for the Indian captain. and of course Hitler.000 people. Berlin Olympics of 1936: The Indians. 4-1.
excelled as a centre-forward and scored 2 goals for India. but suffered a devastating partition. India faced England for the first time in an Olympic hockey match on September 12. including 5 of the 6 goals in the final. Spain 2-0. A brand new Indian team left for London. London Olympics of 1948: A lot of events occurred between the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and the London Olympics in 1948. India got its independence. . Besides Dara. Balbir Singh Sr. where many Anglo-Indians left the country and a number of Muslims migrated to Pakistan. India's record at London: Played: 5 Won: 5 Goals For: 25 Goals Against: 2 5. India followed up this victory by defeating Argentina 9-1. and Holland 2-1 to enter the finals. Helsinki Olympics of 1952: India defeated Austria 4-0 and Great Britain 3-1 and stormed to the finals. I. Paul Peter Fernandes and Bhopal`s Akhtar Hussain and Latif-ur-Rehman. as it is the first gold medal won by India under the Indian tricolour. Chinnadorai Desamuthu became the youngest gold medalist for India. He was 19 years and 272 days when India won the Olympic title in the Helsinki Games. Balbir Singh Sr. This medal is extremely special for India. while Pat Jansen and Trilochan Singh scored the other two. in the Olympic hockey final. India defeated Britain 4-0 to win its fourth consecutive gold medal. in 1952 Olympics held at Helsinki. India lost a rich recruiting ground for hockey talent. Holland challenged the Olympics champions but lost 1-6 and India won the hockey crown for the 5th time in a row. Finland. Dara who had represented India in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. without a single player who had played in an earlier Olympics. scored 9 goals of the 13 scored by India.4. India defeated Austria 8-0 in their first match. have represented both India and Pakistan in the Olympics. at Wembley grounds. 1948. S. The captain of the Pakistan hockey team in the 1948 Olympics was A.
Randhir Singh Gentle took the shot. India finished at the top with 12 points. Canada 3-0 and Holland 2-1. A Pakistani defender failed to trap it cleanly and allowed the ball to trickle over the goal line. Melbourne Olympics of 1956: 12 teams were divided into 3 groups in the 1956 Olympics. beating Afghanistan 14-0. When they entered the semi finals India had scored 36 goals in 3 games. India beat Belgium 2-0. India met Pakistan. India was awarded a penalty corner. in the 1956 Olympic final. beat Hong Kong 6-0. In the semi- . For the first time. India's record at Melbourne: Played : 5 Won : 5 Goals For : 38 Goals Against : 0 7. India won all the group matches. Malaysia 3-1. This goal turned out to be another gold winner. Midway through the second half. The team went on a two-and-a-half month tour to New Zealand and Malaysia before heading to Tokyo.the highest tally by an Indian at an Olympics till that date. USA 16-0 and Singapore 6-0.India's record at Helsinki: Played: 3 Won: 3 Goals For: 13 Goals Against: 2 6. was held to a draw by Germany and Spain. The ball was pushed out by Udham Singh and stopped by Raghbir Singh Bhola. with no goals against. Tokyo Olympics of 1964: The Tokyo Olympics were the first Olympics to be held on Asian ground. Inside-left Udham Singh scored 15 goals for India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics . for the sixth time in a row. India then scraped past Germany with a 1-0 victory in the semi-finals. until then a record for any country in any team sport in the Olympics. In the pool matches.
at the Kamazawa Park in Tokyo. Shankar Lakshman. was declared the Man of the Match. There was an unruly incident with some of the Pakistanis attacking the Indian players. and had scored 11 goals. The final was played on November 23. Centre-half Mohinder Lal converted the resultant penalty stroke in the 41st minute to give India a 1-0 lead. Pakistan fought back ferociously in the closing stages of the match and gave India many anxious moments.0 in the 1960 Rome Olympics. The first half was played at a scorching pace but no goal was scored.final. The match was briefly interrupted for the tempers to cool down. a hysterical Ashwini Kumar cried himself hoarse. IHF President Ashwini Kumar did the running commentary for Akashvani in the final at Tokyo. the Indian goal Keeper. 1964. to end India`s Consecutive Olympic victory series. Pakistan had defeated India 1. 5 minutes into the second half. a penalty corner was awarded to India which was taken by India`s `Rock of Gibralter` Prithipal Singh. Each move forward by India was a potential goal in his eyes. one of India`s best ever goalkeepers. India held on to its slender lead to win its seventh gold medal in eight Olympic games. However. And when Mohinder Lal converted the penalty stroke. India's record at Tokyo: Played: 9 Won: 7 Drawn: 2 Goals For: 22 Goals Against: 5 . The forward line comprising Harbinder Singh and Joginder Singh was irresistible that day. Prithipal had been fantastic in the Tokyo Olympics thus far. played superbly and magnificently saved two penalty corner hits. this penalty corner was to be his most important. Shankar Lakshman. India beat Australia 3-1 to set up their third consecutive clash with Pakistan in the Olympic finals. His stinging shot was deflected off the goalkeeper`s pad and stopped by Pakistan`s full back Munir Dar with his foot.
The 16 goals scored by centre forward Surinder Singh Sodhi in the 1980 Moscow Olympics is the highest tally by an Indian in an Olympic hockey competition. Holland and Great Britain also did not compete in this boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games. and India finally won the thriller 4-3. India scored 5 goals in 5 minutes. India had fared very badly in the Montreal Olympics. European hockey powerhouses Germany. with Merwyn Fernandes equalizing for India with only 5 seconds to spare.8. with the equalizer coming in the last 4 minutes. with only 4 minutes remaining. Australia (silver) and Pakistan (bronze). . The atmosphere in the last few minutes was electric. India beat Cuba 13-0 and hosts USSR 4-2 to come second in the pool (behind Spain) and qualify for the final. Mohammed Shaheed scored a goal.New Zealand (gold). India had another lucky 2-2 draw with Spain. Moscow Olympics of 1980: 9 teams from the 1976 Montreal Olympic hockey competition did not compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympic hockey tournament. India had a rousing start and established a comfortable three goal lead early in the second half. and with only 6 minutes left. This huge victory over Tanzania was the second biggest score in Olympic hockey. In the final against Spain. After surviving these hiccups. they had come down to the 7th position. With Spain raiding the Indian defence. But Spain gamely bounced back into the game with 2 unanswered goals. In a greatly weakened field of participants. after the 24-1 victory by India over USA in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. and thus regained the elusive gold after 16 long years. Spain scored yet again with their skipper Juan Amat completing his hattrick. India was lucky to get away with a 2-2 draw with Poland in the next game. It beat the earlier record of 15 goals set by the great Udham Singh in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The boycotting teams included the top 3 teams at Montreal . Spain had to be content with the Fairplay Trophy. However. The Moscow Olympics hockey competition was played on Poligras fields laid at the Dynamo and Young Pioneers clubs. India thrashed last minute entry Tanzania 18-0 in its first match.
India's record at Moscow: Played: 6 Won: 4 Drawn: 2 Goals For: 43 Goals Against: 9 Mir Ranjan Negi. Negi was the goalkeeper for the India national field hockey team in the final field hockey match against Pakistan. the free encyclopedia Mir Ranjan Negi is a field hockey player and former goalkeeper of the India national field hockey team. which brought "unprecedented humiliation for India in a sporting arena. India lost 1-7.An important chapter in Indian hockey From Wikipedia. The . 1982 Asian Games In the 1982 Asian Games. Chak De India. He would later be involved with the development of the 2007 hit film.
" Of the event.nation went into a mourning and Negi into hiding. "The entire team was to blame. You find out. but every player was to blame. Four years later. I remember someone claiming that he had seen Negi come out of the Pakistan High Commission on match eve some even enquired whether Negi. with his first name Mir. the defense left huge gaps that the Pakistanis exploited. Nothing matters to me more than playing for my country. Later career He returned as a goalkeeping coach for the 1998 Asian Games in which the India national field hockey team won the Gold. only proved temporary and he left the game once again. Chak De India . There were lots of things that happened in the run-up to the final. Some of the tabloids even ran headlines crying out that Pakistan had bribed Negi and that he was a 'traitor. Negi was accused in some quarters of having conceded those goals. I am a proud Indian and will always be so. "I had covered the 7-1 drubbing Pakistan handed out to India in the 1982 Asian Games final." Former captain Zafar Iqbal later stated. however." Afterwards. was Muslim. He was blamed solely. which turned goalkeeper Negi's life upside down. we forwards missed chances. Negi stated. he was let go by the Indian Hockey Federation and quit the game for many years. I will not speak about the politics that contributed to our defeat. Negi was hired to be the goalkeeping coach of the India women's national field hockey team. the media and an ignorant public for letting in so many goals. was abused by the public.  He was also the assistant coach for the Women's team when it won the Gold at the 2004 Hockey Asia Cup.'" In an interview with Philar after the event. poor Negi became a sitting duck and the Pakistanis scored at will. He was literally pilloried by armchair critics. "Everywhere I went. The team won the Gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. journalist Anand Philar stated. Despite making great efforts to cover the gaps. The atmosphere was vicious. This position.
] there is nothing called World Championships in international hockey..450 million to make a documentary on me. football players are killed for not performing well for the club. when Negi read the script. would later comment.. himself. Chak De India. The screenplay for Chak De India was written by Bollywood screenwriter Jaideep Sahani. Kaushik. his name was suggested by M.] It’s just a matter of chance that Negi's story matches with Kabir Khan." Sahani further stated in an interview with The Hindu: I felt why the girls’ team has been given so little coverage. I shared the idea with Aditya (Chopra). It is in fact the story of a team that becomes a winning lot from a bunch of hopeless girls [.. like in Columbia. I had no idea about Negi’s story while writing the script. On day one. On this connection Negi. There are many cases. "This movie is not a documentary of Mir Ranjan Negi's life. . He liked it and said stop everything else and concentrate on it. So it's illogical that it is a documentation of my life. who was the coach of the team that won the Commonwealth Games’ gold. Negi has often been compared with Kabir Khan in the media. It would be stupid to believe that Yash Raj Films would pump in Rs. I started my research by spending time with hockey players [. Sahani had read a small article about the winning of the Gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games by the India women's national field hockey team and thought that the premise would make an interesting film. and he joined us after the script was ready..Negi would later become involved in the development of the 2007 Bollywood film. In fact.K. he cried and it was then that we came to know about his story.
" PAST AND PRESENT STATUS OF INDIAN HOCKEYGradual decline in the performance of Indian Men’s hockey team India was once the traditional home of hockey. which is about women athletes. I ensured none of them [would have to] cut their nails or eye-brows (as the players do). Next day. including the penalty stroke that SRK missed. That shot alone took us nearly 20 hours as I was keen that it should be very realistic. None could vanquish the Indian players. Sahini first met with Kaushik and later recalled that. "I taught him everything about the game. because when we finished writing and finished casting. such as Chitrashi. Then he recommended Negi to us. it was so easy working with SRK. Negi also had to train Shahrukh Khan for the film stating. And if you would go and ask Negi. he came and said look. it had happened to me also.com that the script was conceived before he met Negi: "Our script was written a year and a half back. He is unbelievably modest and was willing to do as many re-takes as we wanted. the psychological factors involved. It had almost a virtual monopoly. Other nations were admiring and imitating it. The early history of Indian hockey is a glorious one. While not initially enthusiastic about being involved in the film." Sahini also contacted Negi and asked him to coach the actors portraying the hockey team. "I trained the girls for six months. we needed someone to train the girls. and Raynia were cast because they are actual hockey players. We would retire around 11 in the night. Negi assembled a team of hockey players to train the girls. "M K Kaushik and his girls taught us all we knew about hockey. But we were on a mission [. how the girls come from different backgrounds and cultures. Sandia." Both Kaushik and Negi did influence the development of the film after being approached by Sahini. I salute them.. I took the help of a lot of my former teammates. he would probably tell you that he came and read the script that was written a year and a half back. travelling from Kandivili to Churchgate. couldn’t hold the hockey sticks. It is very unfortunate that something. Negi changed his mind after reading the screenplay." Some of the actors however.. The girls have worked very hard. and he started crying.] They couldn’t run. has just started becoming about Negi. Also how the coach faces pressure to select girls from different states and teams. Waking up at 4." Kaushik also states in the same interview that. He acted as the coach and trainer for the cast stating.Sahani also stated in another interview with NDTV. But more importantly. starting from how the camp is conducted. "I had to plan every hockey move shown in the movie. It was tiring. Right from .
when it is proved beyond doubt that they are worthless? The Gods might have thought so. The Indian team was enthused to make another attempt at Moscow in 1980. It got the 7th rank! What a fall was there. Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). Atlanta (1996). “Try. and has been going wrong over several years. 7th and 7th ranks respectively. The team was placed in the 5th. try again” is an old English rhyme. 7th. we shall discuss about factors which led to a steep decline in the performance of Indian hockey teams CAUSES- . This is a long list of dismal failures. It could not get even bronze at Montreal (1976). Barcelona (1992). The Olympian Gods of ancient Greece were determined to teach Indians a lesson. It is like the dancer who blames the stage floor for her miserable performance. Los Angeles (1932).lovers. The thousand dollar question is — what went wrong and when? The shortest answer is that it has gone wrong. The history of Indian hockey is the story of continuous drift from glory to disgrace. The golden days of Indian hockey were passing. Thank Heavens! India got gold once again. Indians did try again and again. This only makes the story short. But at the next Olympic Games in 1960 at Rome it had to be satisfied with a silver medal. 8th. my countrymen moaned the hockey . the fall was steeper. But to know the travails of the game one has to go deep into it and analyze the causes. It is a case of missed opportunities and a clear lack of perception and perspective. Berlin (1936). At the next two Olympic meets in Mexico City (1968) and Munich (1972). Why do these people keep coming back to the Olympics again and again. Dismal failures: But the Indian hockey team did not lose hope completely. London (1948). At the next meet at Tokyo in 1964 it made a herculean effort to regain its lost glory and succeeded in getting gold again.1928 it won six Olympic gold medals in a row—at Amsterdam (1928). It won only bronze. It is a lesson you should heed. as Los Angeles (1984). In the next few pages. 6th. Seoul (1988). Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). Renewed efforts by the Indian team to go back to the original slot ended in miserable failure. It was the last occasion when the team romped home with gold. try.
Ashwini in particular asserted his authority in the FIH and it counted on our on-field successes. Leadership problems India was a free nation when the Olympics resumed after World War II (in 1948). We have been just a point away from every Olympic semi-final since 1984. but the moot point is that our leadership could not ensure we moved with the times. or rather use to. His successor Ashwini Kumar went a step further. where India finished seventh. as its not the same anymore. India lost in most tournaments because of penalty-corners. let's go buy some players and see what we get. but financial hardships continued. Instead. was not due to synthetic turf — we lost out on a semi-final spot in the tie-breaker. Equally. Our forwards earned them by the dozens but we missed someone like Prithipal Singh to cash in on them. a scapegoat was found in the artificial surface. hockey changed forever. the IHF kept changing coaches. neither for our draw against Poland at Sydney. With the advent of synthetic turf. Not converting and paying the penalty From the mid 70s to early 90s. . For about three decades when these two luminaries ruled Indian hockey. But the Montreal Olympics fiasco. And every time we failed. But he had to go after finishing second and third respectively at the 1972 Olympics and the 1973 World Cup. Our teams swam against the current and drowned. our 1998 Asiad and 2003 Asia Cup successes were no flukes. but I have lot of money. no team returned without an Olympic medal. Is Cricket the only sport in India? Cricket is the only sport that the country follows. "I don't understand the game. I love the game (cricket). The turf was not the reason we missed the 1984 Olympic semifinals by a whisker. Naval Tata had to use his persuasive skills with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to send teams to the 1948 and 1952 Games." says some XYZ celebrity. Our failures on the international stage were primarily due to a lack of leadership. The change in playing surface or the rule changes did contribute somewhat. mortgaging ancestral property to ensure the team participated in Melbourne. But the first synthetic surface came to India six years after it was introduced. 2. 3. except in 1992 and 2004. Neither can the surface be blamed for India’s later disasters. The recent auction of players was a clear example of the future of the sport. Europe produced an unending stream of PC specialists but we were clueless about grooming our own.1.
4. This is how they are discriminated . Other sports are always meted out step-motherly treatment by the government. Rewards Galore for Cricketers. we all know. when other sports in the country are no where close to where cricket has reached in terms of popularity. and hockey players get a mere $30 for expenses. hockey needs it for sure. Instead pump in some money in other sports. . while hockey and football players are put up in the stadium itself.Spending millions of rupees on buying players. .Many times players play an entire tournament with just two sets of shirts and shorts.While cricketers these days get match fees.Cricketers are put up in the best of hotels. a rather ridiculous thing to do in my opinion. media attention etc. and cricketers. and for hockey players? .
and what rewards were given to them? What media coverage was given to them? Hockey is our national sport. Indian hockey is the game of the underdog and the minorities. El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool). Most of us are not even conscious of his very humble tribal origins. ethnic homogeniser in a sporting melting pot. planned to go on hunger strike. The football world is full of stars who came from nowhere to lead the big league. is our national captain. but. Irked by this treatment. Muslims. Sikhs.When the Indian cricket team won the Twenty20 World Cup. and like many other speed-contact sports. Game of the underdog and minorities There is a unique. was marauding with a street gang in Senegal when talentscouts found him. Joaquim Carvalho. 25. and thus a social equaliser. In the Indian subcontinent. Dileep Tirkey. Hockey has the potential of becoming an Indian equivalent of European and Latin American football as a socio-economic. Professional sport is the world’s fairest. Some day it will find a Ramchandra Guha to figure out its sociology. In fact there was competition going on between states in announcing cash rewards for cricketers. they were welcomed like heroes as if they have won a battle and the government (central and state) announced cash rewards of lakhs of rupees for each player. and a tribal from Orissa. stirring quality to hockey as a sport. David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand are East London boys. have excelled in the game. He said that Sahara had announced a house each for the cricketers but hockey players were not even given a match box. and he did not need the benefit of any reservation from any Mayawati. Christians and now even the Ranchi tribals. 5. in so many ways. During the same time. . cricket is a commonwealth game. and they are yet to get their flats. most level playing field. the then chief coach of the national team. Former Olympian Mervyn Fernandis and himself were offered 'flats' by the Maharashtra government 18 years ago for their outstanding performances in the game. Indian hockey team won the Asia Cup. which is not even played by several countries.
. and so has the media and above all the government. . but they aren't indifferent to other sportsmen. Cricket might be one of the popular sports in the country. just try to keep them out! Article courtesy Indian Express. 3) No participation of departments at state level. South Africa. requiring facilities. gloves and pads. After all. 2002 6. and lots of coaching. In fact the Australian cricket team is the best in the world. It happens only in India IHF has undoubtedly failed to market the game or capitalize on victories. scenic beauty. It doesn’t have the rough-and-ready character of a contact/speed sport that readily absorbs raw talent and lets it flourish. Australia. play cricket. in which other sports do you see an Oraon or a Munda or a Santhal or a Manipuri becoming the captain of the national team? In hockey. England. it is because it still is an upper-class game. but do other sports in Australia get neglected in the bargain? As much as I love India for its natural.If cricket cannot do it as effectively as hockey or football. Don't blame the hockey players for not performing. New Zealand etc. September 7. a pitch. I despise the government and the media who give inane coverage to the cricketers. what incentives do they get to perform? Sum other major loopholes or drawbacks which are leading to the decline of hockey are as following:1) Very few cadre from school 2) Very few international and domestic level competitions. but do they marginalize other sports.
4) No encouragement to youth. They had made it to every Olympic ames since making a triumphant debut in 1928. Hard to digest. looking for a revival under coach Joachim cavalho. Britain gold medalists in 1988 scored two early goals and shattered the hopes of every Indian hokey fan. Chile. 5) No more grounds left for practice. But this is Shocker of a news to hear eight time gold medalist failed to qualify to play in Beijing Olympics. INDIAN TEAM FAILING TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS First time in 80 years India not playing in Olympics. The team lost to Britain 2-0 in the final of the qualifying tournament at Santiago. . any one who follows hockey in India know that Indian hockey is running low for past several years. It was the first time ever that India was facing this ignominy. 6) No more job facility.
People have seen him on TV channel taking money to get a player selected for the Azlan Shah Cup to be held at Kuala Lumpur in May. has been exposed by a sting operation. it is not KPS ‘super cop’ Gill who came under media scrutiny this time but his secretary K Jothikumaran who has been blamed for another debacle in Indian hockey. not the performance. There were some rumors about such shady deals involving him but it has been proved now and the man. . The power of money. second most powerful person in IHF. Indian Hockey Federation secretary K Jothikumaran’s destiny didn’t favour him for the first time in past 14 years and the camera caught him demanding and taking bribe to select hockey player in national side. was the basis of the selection of the Hockey player to play in next tournament. It gives an impression that Indian Hockey is in hands of monsters and struggling to stay alive in the country.Indian Hockey in Chaos: IHF Secretary caught accepting bribe in sting operation No.
RESIGNATION OF KPS GILL . Finally. He even supported Gill’s entry into IHF in 1994 and Gill rewarded him with the post of Secretary in Federation. former hockey player Dhanraj Pillay remembered how Jothikumaran had selected Adam Sinclair to play in the 2004 Athens Olympic. He worked as a clerk with the State Bank of India. along with K P S Gill. It is a great shame. inquiries are different things. Probes. Who is K Jothikumaran – He was an obscure hockey player in universitylevel game. Since then. Former IHF president MAM Ramaswamy favored Jothi’s selection into the hockey officialdom in early 90s. one time SBI clerk opened a chain of hotels in Madurai. this is not a serious matter. the coordinator of FIH’s ‘Revive Indian Hockey’ project damaged the infrastructure of India’s national game. He was looking non-committal when asked about any investigation or inquiry against his secretary. Asian Games and FIH. We have to look into the seriousness of the allegations. Former India captain Pargat Singh said on the matter: We have been hearing about it for a long time.Jothikumaran has been IHF Secretary for 14 years and he. He said: The channel have shown him taking money. Later. He is country’s key man at all international forums. Asian Hockey Federation. He is the member of International Hockey Federation’s Development & Coaching Council. For KPS gill. has been blamed for Indian hockey’s decline over the last couple of decades. His rise to power in IHF has been phenomenal and he became the second-most powerful man in Indian hockey. He should be immediately sacked and a criminal case should be lodged against him. He claimed that Sinclair did not know how to hit the ball and coach Gerard Rach taught him thrice a day the basics of the game. including Indian Olympic Association. The channel showed Jothikumaran receiving Rs 2 lakh and claimed that after 4-5 days he confirmed the selection of the player in the list of probables for Azlan Shah Cup tournament. This is a shocking thing to have happened. that has brought the downfall of hockey and Jothikumar and Gill should be shown the door.
I remember doing a piece on the state of hockey in India in 2003." How often has he said that." he said. his collisions with the players are well known. On whether Gill should resign from his post. and he doesn't find the need to resign. Gill New Delhi (PTI): Political leaders on Monday joined the chorus against Indian Hockey Federation President K P S Gill and demanded his removal in the wake of India's failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. We've put the process in place and the results will take some time. CPI Member of Parliament Gurudas Dasgupta was the most vociferous in his demand for Gill's head. I know that there have been a number of complaints against the IHF President. We do not have a machine that you can get results instantly." Fellow CPI leader D Raja said. . An alcoholic. the second most populated country is not competent enough in other sports as well. "I will not resign. Post defeat.P. I want him to be thrown out. "I do not want him to resign. "It's a matter of shame that not only in hockey. nothing has changed? Political leaders join chorus against K. Dasgupta said. saying it was high time that he was "thrown out" from his post.He has been the chief of the Indian Hockey Federation for 14 long years. Gill was quoted as saying. and five years down the line. just to be kicked out. Gill has failed miserably in his despotic tenure. There is nobody in the country to look after the sport. "It's a matter of shame that we could not qualify for the Olympics.S.
"(There is need to) evolve a comprehensive sports and games policy so that all sports and games are promoted equally and money must be allocated adequately. and the national need.” Gill was hurt by this unfortunate incident in Hockey. Sports Minister MS Gill asked Indian Hockey Chief KPS Gill today to quit after the shameful act of taking bribe by IHF general secretary K Jyothikumaran. who had resigned after the incident. Meanwhile. Gill and blaming him for all that ." he said. to lift our hockey. Who is the real culprit? How to expose the corrupt people behind the scene? Some former players are pointing to KPS happenings. make an attempt. to consider withdrawing from his current responsibility." he said. who is on the tour of Orissa.” he said. Endorsed by the incident of taking bribe of Rs 2 lakhs by Jyotikumaran last night for selection of player in senior hockey team the minister said. said he received several complaints about the "unfair" selection process prevailing in hockey. "I went to a tribal academy for hockey players and one of the biggest complaints was that the selection process is unfair and the players who are actually good do not get access to the facilities. “In full consideration of the situation facing Indian Hockey. It is time to let other Indians. is exposed on Monday. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. I urge him. the Indian Hockey and the the Everyone is criticizing corruption going inside the national game. “he(Jyotikumaran) should also step down to restore faith in the MS Indian hockey establishment.
“Jyothikumaran is not the only one to be blamed as the real culprit is Gill. Now.” he said. “ The minister said.” said Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Ilyas Azmi. our national game. “Such people should be publicly hanged. I have agonized long over the IHF. is in such a bad shape because of these people. I believe. “Gill and Co has ruined the Indian hockey in last 14 years. This is the embarrassing situation for every Indian! . in the totality of the situation. All faith and hopes are shattered. “The Indian Olympic Association and the government should initiate an inquiry into the matter and punish the corrupt. Lone ouster of Jyothikumaran would not help but there has to be a complete change of regime with a former player being handed over the reins. the Indian hockey Hockey player Aslam Sher Khan Another former Olympian Baljit Singh Dhillon said there had always been “an unnecessary interference” of officials in team selection and advocated the change in regime at the IHF. “Since yesterday. trust and faith in fair selection is shaken.” said VK Malhotra. The members asked criminal proceedings against the responsible people behind the corruption in IHF.” After this shameful controversial exposure of the corruption in IHF there is no trust left in selection procedure for the hockey team now. Our national game is disgraced. who is exploiting for many years now.” Former said. It’s recent disaster in Chile is still fresh in every Indian mind. deputy leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha. the IHF President must also introspect and review his position. Today hockey. The issue is subjected in Lok Sabha also.
415 per year as remuneration while Terez will get $79. A senior International Hockey Federation (FIH) master coach.Spaniard Jose Brasa.600. Apart from him.India's New Hockey Coach Jose Brasa has been appointed as the new coach of the Indian hockey team. . Jose Brasa will be paid $111. The contract with the Spaniard may be extended further after the quarterly assessment. He will remain the coach of the hockey team till 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. the hockey team will also get David Terez of Spain as physical trainer. Jose Brasa also led the Spanish women's team that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Joaquim Carvalho relinquished his job after the Indian hockey team failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. My task is to ensure that they [players] change their pattern of play to produce better results. signified by its eight Olympic gold medals till 1980. Brasa advice to Indian hockey to forget about the country's past glory. is the four-nation European tour that the team has now embarked on under new chief coach Brasa. The first step in the bid to revive the sagging fortunes of the country's national game. Charlesworth also left the job after having differences with Indian sports ministry and hockey officials. would not have gone down well with the hockey stalwarts of the past. . The Spaniard's pointed reference that hockey in India is content to rest on laurels earned almost three decades ago and that its players have not adapted to the amended international rules are bitter pills to swallow for the hockey fans. the team was without a permanent coach. Currently. Brasa has been brought in to pilot Indian hockey back to the pinnacle of glory it enjoyed before the prolonged slump that resulted in the team's failure to qualify for last year's Beijing Olympics. the Indian men's hockey team is aiming to resurrect itself under the guidance of Spaniard Jose Brasa. After Carvalho departure. which has now resulted in the country being ranked outside the top 10 among men. Harendra Singh is mentoring the hockey team. The slide down the pecking order for Indian hockey. has been gradual but the powers that be were indifferent to what lay in store for too long. Australian Ric Charlesworth took over as the technical adviser of the team for a brief period.After the resignation of Joaquim Carvalho as Indian hockey coach on March last year. Spain and Netherlands. Belgium." were his words before departing for Europe to play 12 Test matches against higher ranked teams England. "Indian hockey seems to be living in the past. Can Brasa revive Indian hockey? After being down in the dumps since failing to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 1928.
Asian Games and Champions Trophies. Since then it has been one disaster followed by another and a litany of excuses in the Olympics and World Cups barring the 1998 title triumph after 22 years at the Bangkok Asian Games which was spearheaded by the mercurial Dhanraj Pillai. The final nail on the coffin came when the team failed to get past Britain and clinch the lone Beijing Games qualifier's berth at the tournament in Chile in early 2008.The slump started much before the advent of the artificial turf in 1976. China. Further pressure applied by a concerned International Hockey Federation (FIH) with threats to take away the hosting rights of next year's World Cup and bar the team's entry in international tournaments resulted in the launch of a unified men's and women's body Hockey India. A largely non-functional federation with the president and secretary clinging to their posts even as the national team continued to plumb the depths was poor advertisement for the game among the masses. The Olympic gold in the boycott-hit 1980 Moscow Olympic Games also came as a false dawn and the deepening crisis manifested itself when India finished with the wooden spoon by ending up 12th in the 1986 Willesden World Cup. All these are administrative happenings which will not cut much ice with the public unless the team returns to its long-forgotten winning ways in the hockey majors like Olympics. . It's up to Brasa to whip the team into a win-hungry outfit that's capable of taking on the best in the world. India remained stagnant. World Cups. The backlash and the sting operation that followed led to the ouster of IHF president K P S Gill and secretary K Jothikumaran from the precincts of hockey power and to the formation of an adhoc body to run the game by the Indian Olympic Association. 2010 is a crucial year to chart the progress of the team with the March World Cup to be followed by the October Commonwealth Games and the subsequent Asian Games in Guangzhou. but the World Cup triumph of 1975 in Kuala Lumpur made the authorities turn a blind eye to the reality that while the western countries progressed.
But the point is that why are we comparing a game like Hockey with Cricket? This is due to the fact that Cricket is undoubtedly India’s most popular sport today. Cricket: India’s Only Sport . This is to reflect the inequality of the attention being given to various sports in India.CRICKET AND HOCKEY COMPARED– The heading is ok. One set of sportspersons are earning millions while the others are earning in thousands. And we have to compare it with Hockey which is in such dire straits.
Apart from the financial aspects. is said to be our national sport.” The government. The commercialization of the sport only adds to the madness. Lives are put on hold and priorities are revised. “A cricketer bags an Arjuna Award after playing for two years. be blamed on the quintessential Indian mentality: cricket is life. we are so used to poor performances that we have gradually become indifferent to them. a single sport gains so much focus. 8 of the 9 gold medals India has won at The Olympics have been in field hockey. In fact. are directed towards cricket with very little infrastructure left for the rest. . politicians and authorities alike almost appear to condone our near-dismal performance in other sports. all of them before 1980. Although it did attain the pinnacle of glory during Dhyanchand’s time. The insanity has reached such a level and created such a breed of fanatics that cricketers themselves as well as their homes require guarded security. all else will follow. Work hours are shortened. As far as all other arenas are concerned. family functions are rescheduled and study breaks are longer: all in the name of the ‘match’. if not all funds. The bidding for players at the IPL (Indian Premier League) further proves my point. Scores are recited like the alphabet and players are worshiped like idols. one barely hears of any laurels that the sport has achieved in the recent past. It is indeed unfortunate that in a country as diverse as ours. But it is not so.Cricket is truly is a religion in India. The obsession can. but in the simple fact that there is a lack of a proper cultivation of the sport. When the cricket team performs poorly. when it comes to a sportsman from another field. all hell breaks loose. The problem now lies not in the lack of talent. some of the lowest bids at the IPL 2008 are the same figures at the funds at disposal to certain other sports for a whole year! Hockey. Almost obnoxious sums of money were being shelled out in order to bid for players. Most. while others are left to merge in the background. at least on paper. It has quite literally become a moneymaking racket. This is not right. to an extent. People refrain from taking up any other sport professionally simply because it is not lucrative enough. All-England badminton champion puts it. we lack in the basic level encouragement of any sport other than cricket. with film stars and industrialist pumping money into what can now safely be called the ‘cricket industry’. In fact. As Pullela Gopichand.
But credit is due only to their families. It is time the authorities and the public alike move on from their cricketmania and focus on catapulting other sports to the forefront as well. If we as a nation are proud of our respect for diversity. Unfortunately. Why Just Cricket? The two sports that have dominated the minds of Indians for more than a century are Cricket and Hockey. it is high time we show it in this field too.This doesn’t mean to say that we see no talent from any other sport. the achievements or victories that an Indian sports team garners in international tournaments is a strong factor in keeping the sport alive. More establishments providing infrastructure and encouragement are the need of the hour. Cricket in this context has it relatively easy as there are only a handful of nations that play the game (mainly the British colonies). Thus the competition isn’t as severe as other sports. The reasons for this are two fold. coaches and well-wishers. the physical stamina and capability required to play cricket is also lesser than other sports. The same is the case with chess player Vishwanathan Anand and several other accomplished sportspersons in the country. 2008 witnessed Abhinav Bindra win the Olympic gold medal for shooting and the country won two medals for boxing as well. the success that cricket was able to sustain in terms of popularity in the Indian sports scenario could not be replicated by hockey. One. Both these factors have played a . Secondly. Leander Paes. certainly not to any Indian sports authority. Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza have all proved their mettle in tennis.
This drastically reduced the number of wins in international tournaments leading to a fall in popularity of hockey in India. Netherlands and Germany to challenge the superiority of the subcontinent. But what started like a small party began to look a gaudy wedding of a millionaire’s son/daughter…the likes of which we keep reading about in newspapers every now and then. Indians now watch the one sport where they still have a good chance of wining. Hence these changes allowed physically and financially stronger European teams like Australia. or shall we say thanks to the pathetic sports administrators. The cricketers deserved all the praise they got. Even the Telangana Rashtra Samiti announced rewards! While the TRS can be excused–it most probably used its own black-moneyfilled cauffers–what reason do the other parties in power have to spend the tax payer’s money in this manner? I don’t think many people want to know answers to these questions. Chief Ministers of different states lost no time in announcing huge rewards to the cricketers from their states with the obvious intention of cashing in on the opportunity to gain attention. there were a large number of changes in regulations. which made the game more physical and thus immediately put the more skilful Indians at a disadvantage. whereas most of the viewers are not even aware of when or where the next Hockey tournament of which India is a part will be held. Unfortunately.). Hockey might be the national game but cricket rules our minds and hearts. . And initially the rewards too made sense. they played superbly. India now leads the evolution of the game by its full fledged support for the new twentytwenty avatar. The fact that BCCI is financially stronger than the biggest football clubs in the world is evidence enough of India’s importance in keeping the sport economically viable.major role in the popularity of cricket and the current crisis faced by the national sport. since most of them came from the BCCI. The imbalance can be guaged by the fact that there is a sports channel dedicated to cricket. After the domination of field hockey by India in the Olympic Games (gold medals from 1932 – 1956 and then in 1964 and 1980. Armed with a massive market of cricket enthusiasts. The high cost of artificial turf also helped in ending the reign of Indian hockey. there is a lack of level playing field for the two sports to compete for the attention of viewers or sponsors. including the use of synthetic pitches.
This is only possible. failing to recognize it as a part of rose. then. they won’t worry about it anyway. Cricket which is commercialized for good and even for bad. Be it Hockey or Cricket.They are just too lost in the T20 euphoria and once this euphoria dies down. Its an outright three hours of amusement minus the jingoism. no harm in making it richer. lets stride and make it national in the real sense of the word. was missing. IPL may have attracted viewers seeking for entertainment but the passion which shows when India-Pakistan match takes place. We have to maintain the pride of nationality in this sport. as people enjoy and players earn their purse strings but if game is turned to a market place of buyers and sellers. So. then spectators have no role to play. especially. If this is the sport which people love the most. One hitting with bats and other dodging with sticks. Sports in India have gained a special kiosk. At least the Hockey team has raised a voice. These two field sports in India are at different levels altogether. A Layman's Solutions to the revival of Indian Hockey . One thriving on bed of roses and other pricking thorns from it. They feel useless. that we are proud to address it with the title we do at present. its not time to fight but to maintain the dignity of play and let them share their deserving and recognized space. if we enthuse our souls with the ethics of sports. They are the sports of the same region.
Presently they are mute spectators hogging the limelight only as critics. Pargat Singh. . There is a lot of talent lying idle because they have been sidelined for reasons best known to the administrators. Take a cue from the working lines of the BCCI. Everyone has an opinion. Our last Olympic win came in Moscow in 1980 under the leadership of V. then you become part of the problem”. Jude Felix. Some wanted Team strategist Rick charles worth at the helm. Dhanraj pillay etc. opinions are warranted and heads are asking to be guillotined and the proverb “Success has many fathers.It is indeed sad to see Indian Hockey ailing at the moment.Zafar Iqbal. Their hairs may have gone grey but they still have the passion and stomach for a fight and above all they still have plenty of pride. What is the root cause of this disease that ails the hockey system and how can we stem the rot. We need Business development managers like a Lalit Modi. Mukesh kumar. Try to hype the game without leaving any stone unturned or effort spared. Dhanraj pillay can make a lot of difference. Involve them on professional terms and respect their inputs in motivation and strategy. questions are being thrown in. We need a more professionally managed system. but not many solutions. In this hour of crisis. For too many years the IHF has been running the sport like a typical government organization with little transparency and virtually zero accountability. Shiv Kera the suave management guru said “If you are not part of the solution. Some things are hard to digest but also equally hard to ignore. Mohammed Shahid. For people who have grown up on a stapled diet of Cricket. Others have asked for a complete revamping. Already Joaquim carvalho the Hockey coach has quit. 2. 1. Cricket has immensely benefited from Professionalism. the IPL boss and we can certainly do away with autocrats like KPS Gill. Failure is an orphan” holds true. But nevertheless hockey being our national pride with a glorious past. others suggested him out and some others wanted to know why he was not part of the contingent at Chile. People wanted the controversial IHF president KPS Gill thrown out. Suave marketing and advertising and plenty of money. Mohammed Shahid. From memory we can recall giants like Dhyan Chand. I feel the following five points might make some sense to a few people. this dismal performance at the Olympic qualifiers may not turn heads. Mukesh kumar. After 28 years we have for the first time plunged to the depths of sorrow and despair. Bhaskaran. We need to turn them around into strategists and coaches. Jude felix. this result would turn old timers even in their grave. Former players of the calibre of Bhaskaran. For the better part of Eight decades the country has fed off the achievements on the Hockey field.
every sport seems to have benefitted from it except for hockey on which it was actually based) 5. There is lot of pride still left in Indian Hockey. But we also understand that the sub continental game has thrived for long on individual brilliance and technique. It is popular perception that foreign coaches can make a lot of difference. Again take a leaf out of the working methodologies of the BCCI and try to build a synergy which could galvanize the sport with the youth of this country. We should be avid philanthropists and patronize the game to help it overcome its present ills. But we are yet to work cohesively as a team which is the hallmark of teams like Germany and Australia. Let us at least ensure that Santiago will not repeat itself at any time in our future. 4. For all the above mentioned changes to take any concrete shape. cash prizes and treated like heroes. Popularize the game. Cricket seems to be the only sport that everyone follows. Praveen kumar. But does anyone even remember the amount of coverage that was given to the hockey team at that time which one the Asia cup? On the other hand. . Mohammed shahid were masters of stick work. Hence we need people at the helm who will ring in the changes modern hockey requires without keeping the natural flavor out of the equation. When the Indian cricket team won the Twenty20 tournament. Munaf patel in a land alien to fast bowlers why can't we find talent from a sport like hockey which is seeped in Indian tradition and history.RP singh. Joginder singh. Hassan sardar of Pakistan.. we as the fans.3. they were awarded lavish bungalows. The role of the media in this regard has to be very constructive. Search with a soul and you will find plenty. So the media needs to be responsible for everything they display on their channels. We have to pledge ourselves to improving viewer ship of the sport and support the game as a national cause. All their efforts seem to be drawn towards concentrating on promotion. Easily said than done I guess. critics and spectators should also take responsibility for this grave situation and feel for our players and the game. We need to weed out people from the cricket centric citizens that we have become. At the same time we must respect our traditional style of play which has its own flavor. Scan the length and breadth of the country scouting for younger players and nurture them without any regional bias and prejudice which is the present order. When we can find Ishant sharma. (Ironically. The hockey federation in India should gain knowledge of marketing their sport from the BCCI who have capitalized on the Twenty20 auctions and even the ‘chak de’ theme. It is indeed heart breaking. But find out from countries like Australia or South Korea where there is a large following for the game. publicity and coverage of cricket. the media is quick to call our national sport a shame.
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