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South Korean hockey’s comeback story begins with World Cup quarter-final entry | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: The South Korean celebrations continued even after the bulbs in the light towers of the Kalinga Stadium stopped burning on Monday. After failing to qualify for the last two Olympics and the 2018 World Cup, they are now the only Asian team left in the title race of the Men's Hockey World Cup.The quicksilver Koreans, who were once the Asian team to beat and also the runners-up at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, are trying to regain lost ground, which only augurs well for the sport in the continent. By beating 2016 Olympic champions Argentina in the fashion that they did in the crossover match of the ongoing 2023 World Cup, South Korea have taken a major step in the direction of revival.Behind by two goals until the final quarter began, the Koreans never lost their structure and bel...
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Australia enter WC semifinals for 12th time on trot, title holders Belgium also in last-four

Defending champions Belgium and three-time winners Australia booked semifinal spots in the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup after getting the better of Spain and New Zealand in their respective quarterfinal matches here on Tuesday. While Australia toiled hard for a 4-3 win over Spain in the first quarterfinal, Belgium did not face much problem in their 2-0 win over India’s conqueror New Zealand in the second last-eight match of the day at the Kalinga Stadium. With the win over Spain, Australia made their 12th straight semifinals in the World Cup. Winners of the 1986, 2010 and 2014 editions, Australia have made it to the semifinals of a World Cup on 11 occasions since the 1978 edition in Buenos Aires. They had lost to the Dutch in the semifinals in a penalty shootout in the last edition here i...
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Tour Diary: When a Rourkela ‘maestro’ revived British journalist’s Hockey World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: British journalist Rod Gilmour was on the same flight with me from Delhi when we embarked on our journey to report from the Men's Hockey World Cup in Odisha. The first stop was Jharsuguda, a town around 125 km from the steel city of Rourkela, the co-host of the tournament besides Bhubaneswar. But little did Gilmour know a nightmarish start awaited him.While we dropped in to settle down in our hotel rooms in Rourkela, Gilmour dropped his cell phone. The screen cracked and appeared like spokes emerging from a hub. The worst part was the display vanished. The 43-year-old Gilmour, who has been in journalism for over two decades and runs 'The Hockey Paper' from Sussex, had his head in his hands. All his important data, including images and contact details, were now not accessibl...
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Out of the World Cup, Indian hockey team must answer these 7 questions | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: "Thankfully, I didn't buy tickets for the rest of the games." The disaster that unfolded at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday night has left a mark that won't easily be erased, if it does at all, from the mind of fans. The above remark on social media by a fan highlights what the sport is at risk of losing after India's World Cup exit outside of the top eight.Another fan was travelling to Bhubaneswar with his wife and nine-month-old kid to watch India in the quarterfinals of the World Cup when India's struggle and New Zealand's control in the crossover game on Sunday were giving jitters to the family."Welcome to Odisha...there's a lot to offer in Odisha beyond hockey," a tweet responding to the family's dismay read.No matter what, #MenInBlue will always have our back! 💙#IndiaKa...
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Hockey World Cup: India ‘choke’ against New Zealand amid high drama to exit title race | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: An Indian team in utter disbelief choked amid high drama at the Hockey World Cup here on Sunday, as New Zealand stunned the hosts in sudden-death shootout (5-4) to move into the quarterfinals and relegated the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist to play the placement matches in Rourkela.Leading twice by two goals -- 2-0 first and then 3-1, the Indian defence failed to withstand the pressure exerted by New Zealand who beat India at their own game to come back and end the 60 minutes level at 3-3.As it happened: India vs New ZealandThe penalty shootout also ended 3-3, and the game entered sudden death, after veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a hat-trick of saves and the crowd at the Kalinga Stadium slowly moved to the edge of their seats and waited with bated breath. Sreejesh br...
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Paris 2024 to be last Olympics hockey tournament on watered turfs: FIH | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Forty-eight years after hockey was first played on watered artificial surface at the Olympics, the sport will adopt a greener and sustainable technology that will allow hockey to be played on a non-watered pitch."The 2024 Paris Olympic Games hockey tournament will be the last to be played on a watered turf," FIH's Sport and Development Director, Jon Wyatt, told TimesofIndia.com on the sidelines of the Men's Hockey World Cup in Odisha."Good progress has been made by a number of hockey turf manufacturers in the development of new turfs that do not require any watering, but aim to maintain the performance levels required for elite hockey," said Wyatt.As recently as June last year, one of these new turfs, which don't require to be watered, was used for the Hockey5s event in Lau...
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In interior Odisha, a 71-year-old hockey coach sold business, mortgaged land to groom champions

“Until my last breath, until there’s life inside me, I will continue this. I will die doing this job.” Dominic Toppo rests on the backboard of a goal post, drenched in sweat and visibly exhausted after playing quarter-court hockey on a harsh Sunday morning for close to five hours. At 71, Toppo belies his age as he weaves past players young enough to be his grandchildren. He outpaces and outmuscles them, stopping only to correct their technique. For the last 22 years, from dawn to dusk, the Odisha resident has followed this routine: He rises before the sun, reaches the hockey field at 6.30 am, and leaves at 5.30 pm. “This sport and these players is all I have,” he says. “I have nothing else in life.” He isn’t exaggerating. Toppo sacrificed his smooth-sailing family life, cycled 40-50 km ...
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Morning Digest | PM to virtually flag off Secunderabad-Vizag Vande Bharat Express; IMD predicts dip in Delhi-NCR temperature, and more

An empty rake of Vande Bharat train arrived at Visakhapatnam railway station on Wednesday. The Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad and the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh will be flagged off virtually by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on Sunday. | Photo Credit: V. Raju PM Modi to virtually flag off Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad-Vizag on SundayPrime Minister Narendra Modi would virtually flag off the Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad and the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on Sunday.IMD predicts dip in Delhi-NCR temperature from SundayTemperatures in Delhi-NCR are likely to dip from Sunday, the India Meteorological Department has predicted, as cold nort...
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Jeremy Hayward, Tom Craig score hat-tricks as Australia start World Cup campaign in rampaging fashion | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Jeremy Hayward and Tom Craig scored a hat-trick each, first of the tournament, to hand Australia a convincing 8-0 win over France in a Pool A match of the FIH men's hockey World Cup here on Friday.While Craig scored three field goals in the eighth, 31st and 44th minutes, Hayward converted three penalty corners in a span of 12 minutes as world No.1 Australia routed their opponents at the Kalinga Stadium here.Hayward sounded the board in the 26th, 28th and 38th minutes from set pieces.Earlier in the day, former Olympic champions Argentina were made to toil by world No.14 South Africa before registering a 1-0 win in the opening Pool A match. After a barren and hard-fought first two quarters, Argentina, the 2016 Olympic champions, scored the winner in the 42nd minute through a ...
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Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023: Complete Squads of all 16 teams | Hockey News – Times of India

The 15th edition of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup will be played from January 13 to 29 in the cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha. Here's the list of 20-man squads of all 16 participating teams, including the two traveling reserves (alternate players) of each team: ARGENTINAJuan Catán, Facundo Zárate, Nicolás Keenan, Maico Casella, Martín Ferreiro, Lucas Toscani, Lucas Vila, Nicolás Della Torre, Nicolás Cicileo, Santiago Tarazona, Federico Monja, Tomas Domene, Matías Rey (captain), Agustín Mazzilli, Thomas Habif, Agustín Bugallo, Emiliano BossoAlternate Players: Agustín Machelett, Bautista CapurroCoach: Mariano RonconiAUSTRALIALachlan Sharp, Tom Craig, Jake Harvie, Tom Wickham, Matt Dawson, Nathan Ephraums, Johan Durst, Joshua Beltz, Eddie Ockenden (captain), Jacob Whetton, Bl...
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Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023: India schedule and full list of matches | Hockey News – Times of India

Hoping to build on its return to the Olympic podium with a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games in 2021, India will look to break their World Cup hoodoo as well when they begin their quest to end a 47-year wait for another World Cup trophy with their opening match against Spain on January 13 next year.India registered its only World Cup triumph way back in 1975.The 15th edition of the men's World Cup will be held from January 13 to 29, 2023, in the state of Odisha, which hosted the last edition as well in 2018. However, this time, the tournament will be hosted by two cities in the state, with Rourkela joining Bhubaneswar as the second venue.India are currently ranked No. 6 on the latest International Hockey Federation rankings, which is the second best in Pool D, behind England who are No. 5...
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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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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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FIH Pro League: Goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak’s brilliance hands India 3-1 win in shoot-out over Spain | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Krishan Bahadur Pathak rose to the occasion under the bar as India defeated Spain 3-1 in shoot-out after both the teams were locked 2-2 at regulation time in their second match of the FIH Pro League tie here on Sunday. Harmanpreet (12th, 32nd minutes) scored a brace from penalty corners for India while skipper Marc Miralles (43rd) and Pere Amat (55th) found the net for Spain in regulation time. India had lost 2-3 against Spain in the first match of the two-leg tie. Spain started brightly and earned a penalty corner inside the first four minutes of the match, but failed to utilise the opportunity. India got their act together and secured their first penalty corner in the 10th minute, but Jugraj Singh's flick went inches wide of the goal. But it took India two minutes to surg...
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FIH Pro League: India look forward to winning start | Hockey News – Times of India

India are all set to open their FIH Pro League campaign against New Zealand at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. After finishing third last season and bagging silver at Commonwealth Games, the team will be hoping to get the new season of Pro League off to a good start especially with World Cup coming up in less than three months’ time. Doing well in Pro League will be the team’s immediate focus but the coach as well as the players want to use these games to prepare themselves for the quadrennial event to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in January next year. “One of the major objectives is trying to consolidate how our World Cup team looks like. The other objective is to always go out and play our best and win every game. Speaking of targets, World Cup remains our long-term g...
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India look forward to winning start, take on New Zealand in their Pro League opener | Hockey News – Times of India

India are all set to open their FIH Pro League campaign against New Zealand at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. After finishing third last season and bagging silver at Commonwealth Games, the team will be hoping to get the new season of Pro League off to a good start especially with World Cup coming up in less than three months’ time. Doing well in Pro League will be the team’s immediate focus but the coach as well as the players want to use these games to prepare themselves for the quadrennial event to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in January next year. “One of the major objectives is trying to consolidate how our World Cup team looks like. The other objective is to always go out and play our best and win every game. Speaking of targets, World Cup remains our long-term g...
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Indian junior men’s team beats Malaysia 5-2 in Sultan of Johor Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

JOHOR (Malaysia): The Indian junior men's hockey team began its Sultan of Johor Cup campaign with a 5-2 thrashing of hosts Malaysia here on Saturday. Amandeep (6'), Araijeet Singh Hundal (10'), Boby Singh Dhami (20'), Sudeep Chirmako (26'), and Sharda Nand Tiwari (56') scored for India in the match. While Malaysia's goals were scored by Shahmie Irfan Suhaimi (13') and Muhammad Mamat (52'). India showed intent from the start, with captain Uttam Singh pressing deep inside the circle in the first minute. Malaysia, on the other hand, maintained a strong defensive line and averted the threat. A few minutes later, Amandeep hit a reverse hit into the nets to give India the lead. The final whistle is blown and India start their campaign with a victory! 🤩IND 5:2 MAS#HockeyIndia #IndiaKaGame… htt...
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WATCH: Darshan Gaonkar’s never seen before penalty shootout goal in National Games Hockey bronze medal match

All of 21 years old, Darshan Gaonkar became Maharashtra’s hero as he scored the winning penalty in the shootout against Haryana for the bronze medal match at the 2022 National Games. With the scores level 2-2 and Maharashtra left with one take, Gaonkar began his run from the mark with the ball controlled atop on his blade, ran towards the goalkeeper and chipped it over him for a winner. Here, have a look at it. Darshan Gaonkar of Maharashtra scored in a unique way during penalty-shoot outs against Haryana in the bronze medal match Have you ever seen this before?@Sanjay_onair@shailesh0601@indianhockey@OnTheSportField@amitesh26 Footage: @ddsportschannel#nationalgames2022 pic.twitter.com/KONKB24foH — Abhishek Mahajan (@Imabhimahajan) October 11, 2022 Earlier the two teams played a 2-2 dra...
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National Games will help in building formidable hockey team for Paris Olympics: Graham Reid | Hockey News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Indian men's hockey team chief coach Graham Reid was impressed with the high level of competition at the ongoing 36th National Games and said the event would help in building a formidable team for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Reid is here to witness the final of the eight-team hockey competition to be played at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium here on Tuesday. "This is the first National Games I am watching. I would say it has come at the right time. The most important aspect is that many youngsters have showcased their talent which could come in handy in building a good Team India for the Paris Olympics,” said the Australian. The 58-year-old former player, who guided India to a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, is pleased to see the individual skills of the young players in ...
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With less than 3 months to World Cup, coach Reid embarks on mission to make Indian hockey team ‘bullet proof’

The International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Coach of the Year has a blueprint for it: develop a ‘collective defensive mindset’ – which is essentially to always have someone on the hotline (the line between the ball carrier and the goal), mark the attackers ‘really, really close’ and tackle smoothly; become more ‘effective and polished’ in the scoring zone by reducing big swings and smash hits; add a new, aggressive dimension to an already-aggressive pressing game; and, instead of rushing with the ball, move it around patiently until a gap is spotted in the opposition defense. All this seems too much to achieve in too little time. The new hockey season gets underway in three weeks – on October 28 – with the FIH Pro League, a tournament that’s a precursor to the World Cup which is a littl...