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Odisha hockey league may come up before the return of Hockey India League | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: Hockey India and International Hockey Federation (FIH) have lately often had Hockey India League (HIL) on the discussion table. The HIL, which is considered the reason behind the quality of India's supply chain and resultant success at the 2016 Junior Men's World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics, has been on the backburner after 2017. The endeavour now is first to revive the interest of past & new investors and find a window for HIL that allows availability of international stars without compromising the Pro League fixtures. But Odisha might once again be a step ahead.David John, the former High Performance Director of Hockey India, was roped in as the Odisha Director of Hockey by the state government in April 2022. He now heads the sport's development in the region, and a hocke...
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India vs Wales Live, Hockey World Cup 2023: Hosts eye a second group stage win in Bhubaneswar

Hardik Singh, India’s rockstar, is fine; Harmanpreet’s form remains a worry as must-win game against Wales lies ahead Indian Hockey team captain Harmanpreet Singh and Hardik Singh share a light moment during their training session on the eve of the match against England at FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, in Rourkela, Odisha. (PTI) As if to show he is no longer in pain, Hardik Singh bounces a football on the turf a couple of times and – aware that the cameras are following him – launches a flat cross-field pass that would’ve made any footballer worth his salt proud. And to really drive home his point, he looks across, smiles and leaves without saying a lot. Like most of the last week, he let his skills do the talking. Against England on Friday, India’s best outfield player so f...
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Hockey World Cup: 12 Japanese players on the pitch, FIH investigates | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: In a bizarre incident on Tuesday at the Men's Hockey World Cup, the Japan team had 12 players on the pitch during a penalty corner set-piece in the dying moments of their Pool B match against South Korea, which ended in a 2-1 win for the Koreans.Had Japan scored off their last penalty corner, the match could have ended in a 2-2 draw with unfair advantage of an extra Japanese player on the pitch.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) released a statement on the issue, saying they are "currently investigating" the incident."After the match, the FIH Officials – who have not spotted this situation at the moment – have spoken to the Japanese team who have explained that they hadn’t realised this at all and expressed their most sincere apologies," the FIH said."The FIH Officia...
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Hockey World Cup 2023: India’s Hardik Singh ‘okay’ for now, it’s just a ‘mild strain’ | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: A day after the news of his absence from India's last pool game at the Hockey World Cup, star midfielder Hardik Singh's suspected hamstring injury has turned out to be a "mild strain" and he is expected to return to action during the knockout rounds.Hardik was helped off the pitch in the last quarter of India's goal-less draw against England last Sunday. But when the news of him missing the crucial next match against Wales filtered in, India's World Cup campaign seemed to have received a jolt.But nerves eased a bit on Tuesday when Hardik walked out during India's practice session.No serious injury, just a 'mild strain' to Hardik Singh"It's a mild strain, nothing to do with the hamstring, so I am okay," he said on the sidelines of pitch 2 of the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswa...
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Spain conquered, England test awaits India in men’s hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: A perfect start to their campaign with a dominant win over Spain, notwithstanding, India will face a stern test when they take on an equally impressive England in their second pool match of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup here on Sunday.India outclassed Spain 2-0 with a near flawless show in their opening Pool D match on Friday at the brand new Birsa Munda stadium but England is an equally tough side, if not more.The home team cannot drop the intensity and quality it showed against Spain as England too are on a high after a 5-0 thrashing of Wales in their opening match.Egged on by a packed crowd at the 21,000 capacity Birsa Munda stadium, India showcased superb attacking hockey in the first two quarters and scored through local hero Amit Rohidas from a penalty corner before Har...
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Hockey World Cup: India seek first podium finish in 48 years, to play tricky Spain on Friday | Hockey News – Times of India

ROURKELA: A historic bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics bringing them back among the international elite, India will seek their first podium finish in 48 years in the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup as they begin their campaign against Spain in a tricky match here on Friday.A medal in this showpiece will strengthen the claim that the former giants of the game with eight Olympic gold have turned the corner in world hockey.The country won a bronze in the inaugural tournament in 1971 and clinched a silver in the next edition in 1973. Ajit Pal Singh led the side to title triumph in 1975 but since then they have failed to even reach the semifinals.From 1978 to 2014, India could not go past the group stage.The Indian team, no doubt, would be one of the medal contenders with the talented bunch led ...
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Men’s Hockey World Cup starts in Odisha with spectacular opening ceremony | Hockey News – Times of India

CUTTACK (Odisha): Men's Hockey World Cup, 2023 got underway on Wednesday evening with a spectacular opening ceremony at the picturesque Barabati Stadium in Cuttack that was witnessed by thousands of hockey lovers in attendance from across the country and abroad.Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, International Hockey Federation president Tayyab Ikram and Hockey India chairman Dilip Tirkey were present at the glittering ceremony to welcome members of all the 16 participating teams.Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri @Naveen_Odisha expressed his immense delight with the way that the FIH Men's Hockey Wor… https://t.co/5bC2EGstTp— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) 1673445080000Ikram, in his address, complimented Odisha for hosting the mega event twice consecutive...
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Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium: Rourkela joins list of world’s biggest hockey stadiums | Hockey News – Times of India

Images of serpentine queues leading up to the gates of the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela is not what the sport is used to. It took mind back to the Lahore World Cup final in 1990, when the National Stadium there took in 60,000 with around 10,000 waiting outside to watch Pakistan take on the Netherlands. The loudspeakers at the stadium blared, asking those outside without tickets to go back home and watch the match on TV.The Lahore stadium's capacity is 45,000. But every available space -- sitting, kneeling, standing -- was taken. The 21st century hockey hasn't seen anything even close to that many fans at a game of hockey.Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri @Naveen_Odisha inaugurated the World’s Largest Stadium - by seated (chair) capacity of… https://t.co/WVnXYB8VuZ— Odisha Sports (@s...
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Odisha CM Patnaik announces Rs 1 crore for each player if India wins Hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Ahead of the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced that each player of the Indian hockey team will get Rs 1 crore if they win the world cup.Patnaik, who visited Rourkela also inaugurated the World Cup Village at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium Complex in Rourkela.The World Cup Village has been developed within a record nine months and flaunts 225 rooms with all amenities befitting the stature of the Hockey World Cup. The World Cup Village will house the teams and officials of the upcoming Hockey World Cup.Today, Chief Minister @Naveen_Odisha interacted with the National Men’s Hockey Team who are accommodated at the Wor… https://t.co/PlIdEY2Nb4— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) 1672917534000On this occasion, the Chi...
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India to draw on FIH Pro League, CWG positives to excel in World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Indian men's hockey team will draw on its experience of playing against Spain and England in the FIH Pro League and Wales in the Commonwealth Games to negotiate their way in the group stage of the World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela beginning this month.India forward Sukhjeet Singh said while there were a lot of positives to take away from the five-Test away series against Australia, there were also several key areas that needed attention.India is hosting the World Cup from January 13 to 29 with 16 teams competing in the global event. The hosts are placed in Group D alongside England, Spain and Wales."In our Pool, we have Spain, England, and Wales. We played against Spain and England in the Pro League last year. We also faced off against Wales at the Commonwe...
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Don’t be disheartened if you concede, move to next level: coach Graham Reid to Indian hockey players

Indian men’s hockey team coach Graham Reid has warned his players against getting caught up in the moment and advised them to raise their game to the next level if they concede a goal in next month’s FIH World Cup. Reid believes a positive mind-set is necessary while playing in a major tournament like the World Cup. India will open their World Cup campaign against Spain in Rourkela on January 13, the first day of the tournament. “You (Indian players) sort of get caught up in the moment when you play an event of this magnitude (World Cup). Don’t let yourself get caught up in the moment. It could get quite daunting when you lose the ball, or concede a goal,” said Reid, who was part of the Australian side during the 1990 World Cup in Lahore. Bhubaneswar is ready to host the #HockeyWorldCu...
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Don’t be disheartened if you concede, move to next level: Graham Reid to Indian hockey players | Hockey News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Indian men's hockey team coach Graham Reid has warned his players against getting caught up in the moment and advised them to raise their game to the next level if they concede a goal in next month's FIH World Cup.Reid believes a positive mind-set is necessary while playing in a major tournament like the World Cup.India will open their World Cup campaign against Spain in Rourkela on January 13, the first day of the tournament."You (Indian players) sort of get caught up in the moment when you play an event of this magnitude (World Cup). Don't let yourself get caught up in the moment. It could get quite daunting when you lose the ball, or concede a goal," said Reid, who was part of the Australian side during the 1990 World Cup in Lahore."It is important to develop 'the next thi...
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Indian Men’s Hockey World Cup Squad: Harmanpreet to lead as India hope to end 47-year wait | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defender Harmanpreet Singh, who has been leading India since the later half of 2022, will continue to captain the national side at the upcoming FIH World Cup in Odisha, as the 18-member squad was announced by Hockey India on Friday. The 16-team tournament begins on January 13 next year with the final scheduled for January 29. It will be hosted by two cities in Odisha -- Rourkela and Bhubaneswar. The No.6-ranked India have been clubbed in Pool D alongside England, Spain and Wales. The hosts will open their campaign against the Spaniards on January 13 in Rourkela at the new, purpose-built Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium. The core-group of 33 players were put through a two-day selection trial at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru to pick the squad that will be expected to end India's 47-yea...
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Specialised camp for Indian dragflickers and goalkeepers ahead of hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian men's hockey team is leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the upcoming FIH men's World Cup as they will undergo a week-long specialised camp to hone their goal scoring as well as goal saving skills from Wednesday at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru. The camp, which will conclude on December 20, will target to improve dragflick and goalkeeping skills under the watchful eyes of double Olympic champion from Netherlands Bram Lomans and Dennis Van De Pol. While Lomans will work with the Indian dragflickers, his countrymate Van De Pol will fine-tune the goalkeepers ahead of the tournament to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29. The specialised camp will be a part of the two-week long national coaching camp, which started on Monday. "We are gra...
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Four new turfs laid for 2023 FIH men’s hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: To make the 2023 FIH men's hockey World Cup a successful marquee event, four new turfs have been laid in the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela. The top 16 teams from around the world, including hosts India, will compete in the prestigious event which will be played across the two venues from January 13 to 29 next year. The 16 teams have been divided into four pools, with India in Pool D alongside England, Spain, and Wales. The main pitch in the state-of-the-art Kalinga Stadium, as well as the practice pitch, has been re-laid, while the matches at the Birsa Munda Stadium will be played in brand new pitches certified by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). "Matches will be played in the new jewel of hockey, the Birsa Munda Hockey St...
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India concede last-minute goal to lose 4-5 to Australia in first hockey Test | Hockey News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Akashdeep Singh's hat-trick went in vain as India conceded a last-minute goal to lose 4-5 to Australia in the high-scoring first hockey Test of the five-match series here on Saturday. Akashdeep Singh (10th, 27th, 59th) scored thrice while skipper Harmanpreet Singh (31st) converted a penalty corner for India. India loses out to Australia in the last second of this nail-biting encounter.It ends Australia 5:4 India in the… https://t.co/uo3l2gyRD7— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1669446672000Australia's goals were scored by Lachlan Sharp (5th), Nathan Ephraums (21st), Tom Craig (41st) and Blake Govers (57th, 60th) who found the back of the Indian net twice from penalty corners towards the fag end of the match. The game looked ending with a 4-4 scoreline but Govers scripted the hom...
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Indian men’s hockey team for Australia tour announced

Hockey India named the 23-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia, set to begin from November 26th in Adelaide. The Indian team will play five matches against Australia as they prepare for the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023, set to begin from January 13th. As per Hockey India’s official statement, experienced dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named the Captain of the team, while Amit Rohidas has been picked as the Vice-Captain. Speaking about the team, Indian team’s chief coach Graham Reid said, “The upcoming tour to Australia is a good opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the top contenders at the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023. We have picked a solid line of exper...
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Want to qualify for FIH Pro League 2023-24 season through Nations Cup: Savita | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian women's hockey team skipper Savita wants to qualify for the Pro League 2023-2024 season through the upcoming FIH Nations Cup, a tournament which will also help in preparation for next year's Asian Games. The FIH Nations Cup is an important fixture in the international calendar with its promotion and relegation system. The champions of the event will be promoted to the FIH Hockey Pro League from 2023-2024 season. In the FIH Nations Cup to be held in Valencia from December 11 to 17, India are grouped in Pool B alongside Canada, Japan and South Africa, while Pool A consists of Ireland, Italy, Korea and hosts Spain. "We have been working really hard for the FIH Women's Nations Cup 2022. We are determined to win the tournament as it will also allow us to participate in the ...
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We need to switch on from start to finish: Graham Reid | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Indian men's hockey coach Graham Reid wants his team to cut down defensive lapses and at the same time attack more when it faces New Zealand in the second leg of the FIH Pro League here on Friday. India began their campaign in the new season with a 4-3 win against New Zealand on October 28 before losing to Spain 2-3. The Indian team faces Spain again on Sunday. Reid said after watching the tapes of the two earlier matches, the team management has devised plans to improve its game this weekend. "We are looking to press more. We conceded too many opportunities. Although I was pleased with our defensive structure in the match against Spain, we let ourselves down in vital areas, making two or three mistakes that cost us dearly," Reid said ahead of the match against New Zealand....
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FIH Pro League: Upbeat India look to continue winning momentum against Spain | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: An upbeat Indian men's hockey team will aim for a disciplined effort and avoid unnecessary cards when it takes on Spain in the FIH Pro League here on Sunday. The Indians produced a great fight-back in the opener against New Zealand on Friday, rallying from 1-3 deficit to eke out a close 4-3 win at the Kalinga Stadium. The hosts will be eager to carry forward the momentum. Down 1-3, skipper Harmanpreet Singh (42nd) and Mandeep Singh (52nd, 57th) found the net to hand India a morale-boosting win. Mandeep Mor (14th) was the other goal scorer for the hosts. But it won't be easy against Spain as in the previous season, India lost 3-5 to the same opponents in the second match of the double-leg tie after registering a 5-4 victory in the opening game. The Indians will have to be li...