Handover Indian hockey team to private owners of european country for cetain lease period till it regains professionalism and winning momentum. Let there be IPL type of hockey matches with players from different countries with parallel development of hockey players all over india from school levels.
We have a Cancer in our society and that cancer's name is politician. While majority of cancer cells does not pose threat, but few place can still be damaged beyond repair.
Having politicians manage things, which are not directly related to managing national service, can only make things go downward.
The only solution we have is that Hockey or any game related entity should be managed by professional players, coaches and managers. Who can bring the right environment, strategy, funding and resources to grow the game.
Politicians are like "Deemak", where they are present, they make things hollow.
Let us accept the fact that, Hockey India is also a waste as KPS Gill. There is no dearth of talent. But there is no money. Also Hockey is alive and kicking in northern states of India. Sponsors are not interested. I believe that if we can win a olympic medal in Hockey, then interest in hockey will be back. FIH is trying hard to keep the game in India, once a dominant force. Also hockey nowadays is moe physical and we dont have gadgets to tackle it. Just remember, our hockey players stay in some place and bath in water near tracks. This is the condition of hockey in India
Re: Hockey India
by Happy Indian on Mar 11, 2010 04:14 AM
That's the problem in India. People are all about money. When Bill gates started Microsoft, his goal was not to earn money but to make computer affordable to everyone in aEmrica. Same thing with Ford. India will not improve in India untill people stop thinking about money
Indian hockey is in such a condition that it needs surgery.
Here are few suggestions - 1. Shift the hockey federation HQ, 2. Choose a person with vision to head the federation, 3. The person need not know hockey, but should be a good administrator and should have money sense,
As for the players - 1. The nature of playing hockey has changed. It is more a power play than skill. 2. The players need to have good stamina, 3. The hits should be sharp and accurate, 4. They should practice with a baseball bat than a hockey stick. Most of the goals scored were air borne shots, 5. Play lawn tennis and implement the skills on hockey field, because thats the way Europeans are playing and winning,
I can't recall the date as most of the teams including Air India,Punjab,Railways etc are not even visible.Indian hockey paid a huge price by having scoundrals like Ashwini Kumar as president for decades & subsequently suffered under the draconian regime of KPS.It is shameful that the country that taught game to world can't get one new age administrator for the governing body who could reviv e the game?
Re: When was last national hockey tournament held?
by S Shrikanth on Mar 10, 2010 09:03 PM
The problem during KPS Gill Regime was that Indian hockey shrunk to Punjab and Chandigarh became HQ of hockey as KPS seldom moved out of his hometown. As a result you will find half of hockey team belongs to Punjab.
The winning Indian hockey team used to have heroes from UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Zafer Iqbal, Ashok Kumar, Aslam Sher Khan, Md Shahid, Dung Dung, Vincent Lakra, MR Negi were prominent among the players of 80s who kept India among top 5 most of the time.
In 1982 WC India finished 5th and they were No. 2 in Champions Trophy beating World Champion Pakistan, Australia, Spain and Germany.
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I dont think there is much hope for hockey in India. In all forms of contact sports, Indians are way behind Europeans, American & Australians. When we need to rub shoulders with opponents, we are not strong enough. Hockey is not played in grass anymore, where you can dribble the ball and pass it at ease. The ball moves like a bullet in the turf. The players need to be fast and strong to play hockey today. So when it comes to playing teams with similar style (like Pakistan), we do have a chance. So it is better to concetrate on non-contact sports like Cricket, Golf, billiards, snooker, shooting, archery..etc
Re: Re: Hockey in India
by NYY on Mar 10, 2010 03:05 PM
It is not about hoping for good. It is the truth. We cannot muscle against people who are physically better. In cricket, we always blame the dry weather and soil for flat & slow pitches in India. But in the last SA series, we saw how Steyn & Morkel were regularly bowling at 145kmph, when our bowlers were strugging to reach 135.
Re: Hockey in India
by Perumunda Sharma on Mar 11, 2010 07:23 AM
Your statement resounds with brilliance. I fully agree with you. Indian hockey as bitten the dust and there is no hope of a resurrection. The bureaucrats and politicians who are in control are all totally corrupt and they see to it that the best players are never chosen. It is a shame that a country of more than 1 billion people cannot come up with excellent 22 players. For that kind of population the country should be able to have not one but three or four good teams that are capable of beating any nation.
Re: Hockey in India
by KK on Mar 10, 2010 05:53 PM
Hockey is gone from India.A golden era lost we cannot bring that back again accept it. First thing is dont play and watch cricket bring this go to normalcy encourge indian to play other games except cricket.
Re: Hockey in India
by pradeep agarwal on Mar 10, 2010 05:10 PM
You don't seems to have proper understanding of game.Astro turf provides even platform for all kind of game including dribbling.The players need to however trap the ball in first attempt to gain fraction of extra second to find gaps.Indian players don't get enough match practice on the surface which was visible in poor trapping all through the game.The Europeans & aussies are exoert in trapping which allows them to use the gaps better & force field goals or earn penalty corners.Indians showed good stamina & hopefully will let new coach continue till next olympics.
Re: Re: Re: Hockey in India
by jet on Mar 11, 2010 10:03 PM
Modern Hockey is physical and fast. The players dont keep the ball with themselves dribbling around. Indian players were caught dribbling too much in the world cup and lost ball control. India is no where near top teams like Germany, Aus. The fact is that it may take years for India to be even with them and beat them. India should start a domestic hockey league and invite European, KOrean, Aussi players so that the domestic players get the exposure and india should play more international games with these teams. There used to be a international tourney in India every year, They should start it.
I think generalizing is the name of the game in India, specially when searching for solutions and answers to some facts.
Why doesn't the hockey federation just concentrate on a few states that really have hockey potential and nurture the game there? There's no need to stop hockey elsewhere, but the attention given would ensure that atleast some teams and players come up to international standards. The budget also would be more effectively used. It is not easy to develop something at grassroot level unless the youth are really interested and motivated to play the game. Find a few "hotspots" in India, and concentrate on building the best team first. A couple of semi final or final performances, and the indian public will start noticing the game already. It can then gradually be moved into the national sphere and promoted by the players who would be famous by then.
by ganesh kumar on Mar 10, 2010 08:30 PM
Really it is a sensible suggestion and it is practically possible. Places like punjab where the love for the game is still alive. If the administrators started to concentrate and nurture the talent in those kind of places, really we have a good chance to get back the past glory in the game of hocky.