Saddened by the financial hardship being faced by the hockey community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, former India captain Viren Rasquinha has raised ₹22 lakh to be distributed as a one-time benefit among players, coaches and groundsmen working at the grassroots level. … [Read more...] about Rasquinha raises funds for lockdown-hit hockey community
Karnataka native S.V. Sunil, though, went home Thursday itself. Goalkeeper Suraj Karkera, who decided against travelling because of the severe pandemic situation in Mumbai, and the women’s duo of Sushila Chanu (Manipur) and Lalremsiami (Mizoram) will continue to stay in Bengaluru. … [Read more...] about Hockey players finally go home
“Most of the players of both the men’s and women’s teams returned to their native places on Friday morning after being given a month’s break. They were feeling homesick which they had already conveyed to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju during their virtual interaction,” a Hockey India source told PTI. … [Read more...] about “Homesick” hockey players leave Bengaluru SAI centre as lockdown eases; granted month’s break
India striker Sharmila Devi, who was enjoying every bit of her time in the women’s national team till the COVID-19 pandemic halted her journey, wants to make a difference on the turf with her performances when action resumes. The 18-year-old forward from Hisar, who made her international debut last August in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo, said she had tried to pick the brains of seniors like skipper Rani and Vandana Katariya during her stint in the national team. … [Read more...] about Want to make a difference once hockey resumes, says striker Sharmila Devi
"One of the reasons could be that schools find hockey more expensive than football. To play hockey on astro turf you need a special kit -- shoes, stick. That is more expensive than football. In football you require just boots, and you can just play," asserts Somaya who switched over to football coaching last year. … [Read more...] about Does the IOA want to finish Mumbai hockey?