We will try to write our own script, says India coach HarendraDetermined to keep a clean slate against Canada, coach Harendra Singh said, on Friday, India will look to write their own script and progress in the men's hockey World Cup without depending on other results. With one win and a draw, India are currently placed on top of Pool C ahead of Belgium on account of better goal (+4) average than the Olympic silver medallist. While India will play Canada in their last pool engagement Saturday, Belgium will be up against South Africa. The top team from each of the four pools will qualify directly for the quarterfinals while the second and third-placed sides will play the cross-overs for a spot in the last eight."We interpret a picture as we see it. Our target is to top the pool irrespective of the result of Belgium versus South Africa game. Our fate is in our own hands," Harendra said on the eve of the game. "We are still on the second floor, they (Canada) are in the basement (in terms … [Read more...] about Can Team India repeat historic feat in Hockey World Cup?
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New Delhi: Bhubaneswar will host India's home matches during the 2020 Hockey Pro League, the sport's governing body announced on Monday. The second edition of the Hockey Pro League will be played between January 11 and June 28, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said in a statement. Bhubaneswar has become a hockey hub in India and has been hosting a majority of tournaments, the most recent being the Olympic qualifiers. The Pro League will feature 144 matches in the coming season. Australia's home matches will be played in Perth and Sydney, while England will be playing its share in London. The first match will feature the Netherlands and China on January 11, 2020 at the Wujin Hockey Stadium in Changzhou. The venues: Argentina: Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucuman Australia: Perth, Sydney Belgium: Antwerp China: Changzhou Germany: Mnchengladbach, Hamburg, Berlin Great Britain: London India: Bhubaneswar The Netherlands: Utrecht, Rotterdam, Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam New Zealand: … [Read more...] about Bhubaneswar to Host India’s Home Matches in Hockey Pro League
NEW DELHI: The anticipation level was high before Vikas Krishan's (69kg) World boxing championship semifinal bout began on Friday night. The 19-year old boxer from Haryana was up against an experienced Taras Shelestyuk but was expected to give a tough fight to the Ukrainian. The young Indian did not disappoint, as he traded punches and fought at an equal level - with an open stance and attitude to boot. However, Krishan had to be content with a bronze medal after losing 15-12. Vikas thus equalled Vijender Singh's feat of bagging a bronze at the Milan World Championships in 2009. "I am satisfied as the bigger aim (Olympic qualification) was achieved. I was not even expecting to win a bronze. I think it was not my day, luck didn't favour me," Krishan told TOI from Baku. "However, today's bout has definitely boosted my confidence and there is the hunger to win more," he added. "Before the bout, my team mates told me that my opponent was very good and experienced and that I should not … [Read more...] about Vikas goes down fighting, settles for World bronze
Video PlayerClose BRATISLAVA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A whopping nine victories in succession for Slovan Bratislava hockey club has given them a comfortable 11-point lead at the top of Slovakia's premier ice-hockey league, Tipsport Liga. At the other end of the league table, Nove Zamky lost their sixth match in a row. Bratislava's 4-1 victory over Nitra on Sunday marks their 15th triumph in the current season. The last year's finalist did not offer much resistance to Bratislava, scoring a lonely goal in the last period, slipping from the eighth position to 10th. The traditional and one of the most prestigious derbies in the league between Banska Bystrica and Zvolen, two teams from the central region of Slovakia located only 20 km away from each other. The game resulted in many fist-fights and a close 2-1 victory for Zvolen. The visitors remain in the hunt for a spot amongst the top 3 in the rankings. The newcomer of the season Michalovce is staying in the calm waters of the mid-table, … [Read more...] about Bratislava stretches winning streak to nine in Slovak premier hockey league
IMAGE: Latest casualty, Harendra Singh. Photograph: Hockey India Indian men's hockey coach Harendra Singh was, on Wednesday, sacked from the position following a disappointing 2018 and offered the task of helming the junior squad by the national federation. Constant chopping and changing of coaches is a frequent phenomenon in Indian hockey and Harendra, who was appointed in May, is the latest casualty. "Though the year 2018 was very disappointing for the Indian Men's Hockey Team with results not going as expected, Hockey India believes investing in the junior program which will reap long-term benefits," Hockey India said in a statement explaining the reasons behind Harendra's axing.The Junior World Cup-winning coach took charge after India's medal-less showing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but was unable to change the team's fortunes. India were also below-par in the Asian Games in Indonesia, settling for a bronze after going into the tournament as the defending champions. They … [Read more...] about Indian men’s hockey coach sacked!