|India Come 2nd In Both Legs Of 4-Nation Hockey Tournament
Photograph credit PhotoSport New Zealand
University of Waikato Men's 4-Nation Hockey Tournament was played at
Blake Park in Tauranga and Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, from January 17-28.
The participating countries were
host New Zealand (world no. 9), Belgium (no. 3), India (no. 6) and Japan (no. 16).
The Indian team featured 4 debutants - goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak, midfielders
Simranjeet Singh and Vivek Prasad and striker Dilpreet Singh, along with mainstay goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh,
who was returning to the national squad from an 8-month injury layoff.
India finished second in both the legs of the 4-nation tournament,
unable to get past Belgium at the final hurdle in each instance. India had the following match results:
||Goal Scorers - India
||India 6 - Japan 0
||Rupinder Pal Singh (7 min), PS
Vivek Sagar Prasad (12, 28 min)
Dilpreet Singh (35, 45 min)
Harmanpreet Singh (41 min), PC
||Belgium 2 - India 0
||India 3 - New Zealand 1
||Harmanpreet Singh (2 min), PC
Dilpreet Singh (21 min)
Mandeep Singh (47 min)
||Belgium 2 - India 1
||Mandeep Singh (19 min)
||India 3 - New Zealand 2
||Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (7 min)
Harjeet Singh (34 min), PC
Rupinderpal Singh (36 min), PC
||India 5 - Belgium 4
||Rupinderpal Singh (4,
42 min), both PCs
Harmanpreet Singh (49 min), PC
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (53 min)
Dilpreet Singh (59 min)
||India 4 - Japan 2
||Vivek Sagar Prasad (12 min)
Varun Kumar (30
Mandeep Singh (58 min)
Ramandeep Singh (58 min)
||Belgium 4 - India 4 (3-0 SO)
||Ramandep Singh (29, 53 min)
Neelakantha Sharma (42 min)
Mandeep Singh (49 min)
The Indian team for the 4-nation tournament was as follows:
Goalkeepers: P. R. Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh,
Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Birendra Lakra
Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (captain), Kangujam
Chinglensana Singh (vice captain), Vivek Sagar Prasad, Harjeet Singh,
Neelakantha Sharma, Simranjeet Singh, Satbeer Singh
Forwards: Dilpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Mandeep Singh,
Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Armaan Qureshi
Officials: Chief Coach - Sjoerd Marijne, Analytical coach -
|Triple Olympian (1956-64) Lt. Col. Haripal Kaushik Passes Away
Col. Haripal Kaushik, who won gold for India in the 1956 Olympics, 1964
Olympics and 1966 Asian Games, as well as silver in the 1960 Olympics, passed away
at his residence in Jalandhar cantonment on January 25, 2018. He was 84,
and was suffering from dementia since 2015. His wife Prem Bala Kaushik
had died long ago.
Kaushik was commissioned in the 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment in
1959. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for displaying exemplary courage
and self-disregard in the 1962 Indo-China war, when he led his company
from the front in the Battle of Bumla. He rose to the rank of Lt. Col.
in the army. Haripal missed the 1962 Asian Games because of the border
crisis with China that year.
In the 1965 Nehru Hockey Tournament final, Kaushik represented Sikh
Regimental Centre against Bombay XI in the final. Haripal was the only
non-Sikh in his team and dashing outside-right Balbir Singh was the only
Sikh in the Bombay XI team. Both Haripal and Balbir excelled in that
entertaining final that Sikh Regimental Centre eventually won 1-0.
Kaushik was overlooked repeatedly for the Arjuna Puraskar, which was
finally awarded to him as late as 1999, more than 30 years after he had
left international hockey.
He was vice captain of the Indian Olympic team 3 times - 1956, 60 and
64 - but was never made captain. "I survived a war, but not administrators," he used to often say in
the context of missing out being appointed as team's captain.
The Haripal Stadium, raised in honour of the officer, is a lush green
and sprawling multi-purpose sports field in Mechanised Infantry
Regimental Centre (MIRC) in Ahmednagar. It has a standard athletic
track, field for conducting various athletics events, a hockey and a
football ground, a gymnasium complex and spectators
seating all around.
|Jaipal Singh Munda's Village Learns To Play Hockey Once More
Article by A. S. R. P. Mukesh, Article and Photo courtesy Telegraph
Singh Munda had captained the Indian hockey team at the 1928 Amsterdam
Olympics and returned with the gold - India's first ever Olympic gold.
But younger generations in Jaipal Singh Munda's native Takra village in
Khunti district, around 30 km from Ranchi, have long been ignorant about
their rich legacy. So much so that the game itself has sunk into
All that will possibly change if hearty endeavours of John
Munda, gram pradhan of Takra and great grandnephew of Jaipal Singh, bear
With the solitary goal to promote the legend of a Marang
Gomke (great leader) - a sobriquet earned by the sportsman who was
also a campaigner for the Adivasi cause - fans and descendants a few
months ago set up the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Munda Memorial Trust,
which held the first-ever hockey tournament in Takra.
league for 12 teams from Takra and its four neighbouring villages
(Hatudarmi, Dabdana, Potamgarha and Patibera) began in the last week of
December 2017, and the final was played on January 3, to mark the 116th
birth anniversary of Jaipal Singh. Medals had a picture of the hockey
legend embossed on them.
"People prefer playing football in our
village. They have been doing so for long. It may sound surprising that
children here never saw a hockey stick before, let alone play the
game. The elderly know about my great granduncle, but the youth are
clueless. We want to revive hockey here," John told this correspondent
Khunti district has given birth to a few hockey players
over decades, but none hailed from Jaipal Singh's native Takra village.
"Simdega district, on the other hand, has become a nursery of the game.
We hope to hold tournaments in every district in the memory of Jaipal
Singh," John said, adding that they had managed to procure 100 hockey
sticks for the 12 teams through donations. "We have six teams for boys
and six teams for girls. The players are holding a hockey stick for the first
time. The tournament was supported by the voluntary organisation Ranchi
Munda Sabha. Old-timers coached the players for a couple of weeks before
the tournament began."
"You may say Jaipal Singh's village is learning to
play hockey again," said John with a smile.
|Odisha Win 1st Khelo India School Games - Boys Hockey
1st Khelo India School Games was organised by the Bharatiya Khel
Praadhikaran (SAI) for 16 sports in the capital city of Delhi. The 16 sports,
each for both boys and girls, were Archery, Athletics, Badminton,
Basketball, Boxing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi,
Kho-Kho, Shooting, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
The mission of Khelo India is to develop a sporting culture in the
country, identify talent from grassroots and groom them for
international success. The tournament was inaugurated by Prime Minister
1,000 athletes, in the age group of 10 - 17, will be awarded an
annual scholarship of 5 lakh
each, of which 1.5 lakh will be directly transferred to the
athlete, and the rest will be available for reimbursement or expenses on gear, training, etc.
Star Sports bagged the broadcast rights of the Khelo India School Games
for a period of five years, from
2018 to 2022. This was for the first time ever that school sports were
telecast live in India.
The Khelo India Boys Hockey Tournament was held at the Major Dhyan
Chand National Stadium in Delhi from January 31 - February 8, 2018.
The following teams took part in the tournament:
- Pool A: Hariyana, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan
- Pool B: Uttar Pradesh, Chandigadh, Karnataka, Delhi
Odisha won the 1st Khelo India School Games Boys Hockey Tournament with the
following match results:
||beat Rajasthan 14-3
||beat Hariyana 4-2
||lost to Hariyana 1-2
||beat Rajasthan 10-1
||beat Punjab 3-0
||lost to Odisha 0-3
||beat Delhi 5-1
||beat Karnataka 7-1
||beat Uttar Pradesh 1-1 (3-2 SO)
||beat Chandigadh 5-2
||beat Punjab 2-1
In the match for the bronze medal, Chandigadh beat Uttar Pradesh 5-1
to finish third
The victorious Odisha team comprised mostly players from Rourkela's
Panposh Sports Hostel.
|Hariyana Win 1st Khelo India School Games - Girls Hockey
1st Khelo India School Games - Girls Hockey - was held at the Major
Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi from January 31 - February 8, 2018.
The following teams took part in the tournament:
- Pool A: Hariyana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgadh
- Pool B: Punjab, Odisha, Chandigadh, Delhi
Hariyana won the 1st Khelo India School Games Girls Hockey Tournament with the
following match results:
||beat Jharkhand 4-2
||lost to Hariyana 2-4
||beat Uttar Pradesh 3-0
||beat Chattisgadh 12-0
||beat Chattisgadh 8-1
||beat Uttar Pradesh 4-1
||beat Delhi 5-2
||beat Odisha 7-0
||beat Chandigadh 4-3
||beat Punjab 2-1
||beat Jharkhand 2-1
In the match for the bronze medal, three goals by Simranjeet Kaur
enabled Punjab to beat Chandigadh 5-4 and finish third.
|Photograph of the Month
Photograph courtesy Balbir Singh Sr.'s
Photograph of the Month for February 2018 is of triple Olympic gold
medallist Balbir Singh Sr. He is the oldest living Olympian of India. He
completed 94 years and stepped into his 95th year on 31st December, 2017.
He won the golden hat-trick for post-independent India by winning Olympics golds in
1948 (London), 1952 (Helsinki) and 1956 Melbourne, where he also
captained the team.
Balbir Singh Sr. was the flag bearer of the Indian Olympic contingent
twice - in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. In 1957, he was the recipient of
the first Padma Shri awarded in the sports category.
Even after his playing career, as coach or manager he accompanied 8
Indian teams for various international tournaments, and each time the
Indian team returned with a medal!
This includes the historic 1975 Kuala Lumpur Hockey World Cup Gold,
which till date is the only World Cup gold for India.
Men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament will be held at the
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat from October 18-28, 2018. The top
five men's hockey nations in Asia - world no. 6 India, no. 12 Malaysia,
no. 13 Pakistan, no. 14 South Korea, and no. 16 Japan - along with host
Oman ranked world no. 32 will participate in the tournament.
The tournament will feature a mouth-watering clash between India and Pakistan. Considering the huge number of Indians and Pakistanis
working in Oman, the championship will be a real feast for hockey lovers.
The Asian Champions Trophy hockey championship was started in 2011. This
is the first time Oman will be hosting the event, which will be the 5th
edition of the tournament.
"With a live telecast assured across 100 nations, the Asian
Champions Trophy is the blue riband event of the Asian Hockey Federation. With no bilateral series between India and Pakistan in recent years,
Asian Champions Trophy hockey provides a perfect platform for one of the
most-popular viewership events in the world. The India-Pakistan match
viewership at the 2017 Asia Cup in Dhaka had a higher
viewership than any other FIH event, including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games," said Asian Hockey Federation CEO Tayyab Ikram.
Hero MotoCorp, a global partner of the International Hockey Federation
(FIH) and a long-term associate of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF),
will be the title sponsor of the tournament. This will be the biggest hockey
event immediately preceding the Men's World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in
Bhubaneswar, India from November 28 to December 16, 2018.
Pavan Munjal, Chairman, MD and CEO, Hero MotoCorp, said, "Hockey
is one of our focus sports and we have had a long standing and
gratifying association with FIH. We are glad to extend our association
with the Hero Asian Champions Trophy and look forward to an exciting
Article by Arumugam courtesy Stick2Hockey.com
n elegantly produced coffee-table book entitled 'My Golden Days: The
Life of a Hockey Player', dwells on the life and times of Olympic gold medallist Gurbux Singh.
Son of an Army officer, Gurbux Singh took to hockey early in the life. His story,
elegantly prosed by seasoned journalist Subroto Sirkar, revolved around
hockey in Meerut, Mhow, Lucknow, Indore and other hockey centres of last
century, wherever his father would be posted.
The book gives a glimpse of Indian hockey as it existed from the 1950s
through the 2000s. Gurbux was born in Peshawar (now in Pakistan)
and had to migrate to India due to partition. His description of
partition and personal trauma, are moving.
The highlight of the book is how India wrested the Olympic hockey gold
from Pakistan in 1964. And then followed it up with the Asian Games gold
two years later at Bangkok in 1966.
Indian hockey politics of the 1960s and 1970s is well-evident as one flips
through the book. The sidelining of Harbinder Singh in the 1962 Ahmedabad
International Tournament, the humiliation handed out to Dhyan Chand there, unknown
faces in the Indian team that toured Sri Lanka, the appointment of three
vice-captains for the national team, internal squabbling that led to a poor
3rd-place finish at Mexico City in 1968, and how Ashwini Kumar, then Indian Hockey
Federation President's whimsical selection of team officials spoilt the
runup to the Mexico Olympics, are all there in the book.
The graphic details that led to Prithipal Singh and Gurbux Singh
being appointed joint captains of Mexico Olympics, then how Gurbux
almost gave away all his rights to Prithipal Singh in the interest of
the team, add more valuable substance to what we know so far. In the end it
was sports that won, when Gurbux describes how
Prithipal wept after India lost to Australia in the Mexico Olympic
In a sense, more than the 1964 win, the details of 1968 Olympics is
the icing on the cake. Portrayal of heroes such as Joginder Singh, Balbir Singh (Services),
Harbinder Singh, legendary
goalie Shankar Lakshman, and unpredictable Inam-ur-Rahman, makes
Gurbux's view of leading players of his times, and also of some
administrators, are collated in the last chapters. He has
also added a section called Decline of Indian hockey.
The book generously gives enough space in writeup and images to all
contemporary greats, which is a welcome part of the autobiography. Its
not a book of self-glory. With vintage images in place, and pleasing design, the book is worth
its weight. A must for those who wants to know how hard work and dedication went
behind glorious past of Indian hockey.
Details: Pages - 232, Price - 1,100, Publisher - All Sport Foundation, 91B Chowringhee Road, Kolkata
700020, Email - email@example.com.
|Visitor of the Month
February 2018 Visitor of the Month is Sports Beats India,
who sent the following email to BharatiyaHockey.org:
We are a new Indian Sports website, having launched on January 26, 2018.
Right now we have player profile data from 12 different sports. We
couldn't cover hockey because of the unavailability of player data.
Hockey is the integral part of Indian sports and we look forward to
eventually adding profiles of our hockey players.
|Fun With Numbers
Statistics by B. G. Joshi
February 2018 edition of Fun with Numbers is on India's 5 youngest debutants
who represented the country in international hockey.
- The top 5 youngest debutants coincidentally all scored in their
very first match for India
||Date of Birth
||Age at Debut
||Goals in Debut
||17 years, 341 days
||India lose 1-3
|Vivek Sagar Prasad
||17 years, 352 days
||India win 6-0
||18 years, 36 days
||India win 6-0
|B. P. Govinda
||18 years, 300 days
||India win 6-0
||19 years, 186 days
||India win 11-1