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    M.R. Poovamma. — FILE PHOTO

    M.R. Poovamma. — FILE PHOTO

    Femi Ogunode shatters his own Asian 100m record with a 9.91s

    M.R. Poovamma, the fastest qualifier in the semifinals, retained her 400m silver while Liksy Joseph came up with an inspired performance for the heptathlon silver with a personal best as India’s women athletes did themselves proud at the 21st Asian athletics championship here on Thursday.

    Purnima Hembram, a former Asian junior champion, followed Liksy for the women’s heptathlon bronze, and in the men’s section, G. Lakshmanan won the 5,000m bronze bettering his personal best by nearly 14 seconds.

    Qatar’s Femi Ogunode did what he had been promising for some time by lowering his own Asian 100m record to a stunning 9.91s. That should make him the fifth fastest man in the world this year.

    The Nigeria-born Ogunode had set the previous mark of 9.93 while winning the Asian Games gold in Incheon last year.

    There were disappointments too for India, with both the country’s eight-metre long-jumpers, Ankit Sharma (7.76m) and K. Prem Kumar (7.69m) finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

    Ankit was in the medal range for a brief while before going down. An eight-metre jump would have fetched them gold, for it was with a 7.96m that China’s Goa Xinglong took the top spot.

    Poovamma, the Asian Games bronze medallist who has a personal best of 51.73s, was in fact quicker in Wednesday’s semifinal which she topped with 52.94s. Her silver, behind China’s Yang Huizhen, came in 53.07s.

    Arokia Rajeev, also an Incheon Asiad bronze medallist, was seventh in the men’s 400m while Srabani Nanda was fifth in the women’s 100m.

    The women’s sprint relay team finished fourth and the men sixth. Suprisingly Manikanda Arumugam, who had helped the team to qualify for the Asians in 39.11s in the controversial trials in Bengaluru recently, was not part of the men’s relay squad which finished in 39.67s.

    Qatar’s Mohamad Al Garni, who had won the men’s 1,500m on Wednesday, completed a distance double by taking the 5,000m title.

    The results:

    Men: 100m: 1. Femi Ogunode (Qat) 9.91s [Asian record, OR: 9.93, own, 2014 Asiad, Korea], 2. Zhang Peimeng (Chn) 10.15, 3. Reza Ghasemi (Iri) 10.19. 400m: 1. Abdelilah Haroun Hassan (Qat) 44.68s, 2. Yousef Ahmed Masrahi (KSA) 45.14, 3. Sato Kentaro (Jpn) 46.09, 7. Arokia Rajeev (Ind) 46.65. 5,000m: 1. Mohamad Al Garni (Qat) 13:34.47s [MR, OR: 13:39.71], 2. Albert Rop (Brn) 13:35.26 [BMR], 3. G. Lakshmanan (Ind) 13:36.62 [BMR]. 4x100m relay: 1. China 39.04s, 2. Hong Kong 39.25, Taipei 39.35, 6. India (Jyothi Shankar Debnath, Krishna Kumar Rane, Amiya Kumar Mallick, Abdul Najeeb Qureshi) 39.67. Long jump: 1. Goa Xinglong (Chn) 7.96m, 2. Ted Hooper (Tpe) 7.80, 3. Tang Gongchen (Chn) 7.79, 4. Ankit Sharma (Ind) 7.76, 5. K. Prem Kumar (Ind) 7.69. Pole vault: 1. Zhang Wei (Chn) 5.60m, 2. Yamamoto Seito (Jpn) 5.50, 3. Huang Bokai (Chn) 5.50. Hammer throw: 1. Dilshod Nazarov (Tjk) 77.68m, 2. Ashraf Amgad Elseify (Qat) 76.03, Wan Yong (Chn) 73.40.

    Women: 100m: 1. Fukushima Chisato (Jpn) 11.23s [MR, OR: 11.24], 2. Viktoriya Zyabkina (Kaz) 11.34, 3. Wei Yongli (Chn) 11.46, 5. Srabani Nanda (Ind) 11.48. 400m: 1. Yang Huizhen (Chn) 52.37s, 2. M.R. Poovamma (Ind) 53.07, 3. Anastassiya Kudinova (Kaz) 53.41. 5,000m: 1. Bethlhem Desalegn (UAE) 15:25.15s, 2. Alia Mohammed Saeed (UAE) 15:28.74, 3. Daria Maslova (Kgz) 15:42.82. 4x100m relay: 1. China 43.10s [MR, OR: 43.41], 2. Japan 44.14, 3. Thailand 44.73, 4. India (Sini Sahadevan, M.G. Padmini, Srabani Nanda, Dutee Chand) 45.72. Discus throw: 1. Su Xinyue (Chn) 63.90m, 2. Tan Jian (Chn) 62.97, 3. Lu Xiaoxin (Chn) 62.30, 6. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (Ind) 51.66. Heptathlon: 1. Ekaterina Voronina (Uzb) 5,689 pts, 2. Liksy Joseph (Ind) 5,554, 3. Purnima Hembram (Ind) 5,511.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / Wuhan – June 05th, 2015

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    Poovamma though missed the Olympic mark

    Poovamma though missed the Olympic mark

    India have bagged their second medal at the Asian Athletics Championships, that is currently being played in Wuhan, China with MR Poovamma clinching the silver in the 400m. event.

    The Kodagu-born athlete clocked a timing of 53.07 and thereby clinched her second consecutive silver at the Asian Championships after her silver medal win at the 2013 edition of the Championships, that were held in Pune.

    But her medal, here though, seems like it might have come at a cost as she fell behind the Olympic qualification mark by 1.07 seconds.

    This is now India’s second medal after Inderjeet Singh won Gold on Day One of the competition with an effort of 20.41m.

    source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / Sports Keeda / Home> Athletics> Asian Athletics Championship> News / by Shankar Narayan / June 04th, 2015

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    The former world no 3 doubles player follows a healthy diet on a daily basis, but every time he’s in the city, the tennis ace likes to indulge in gulab jamuns.


    ​At 22, critics in tennis had ruled him out. With a career ranking of 213 in men’s singles, Rohan Bopanna was hardly in the reckoning in the world tennis scene. Six years later, he achieved the unthinkable – he was ranked No 3 in the world (men’s doubles category) in 2013.

    He has been a strong force since and has carried forward the legacy of his senior compatriots Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. “I peaked late in my career because of the kind of system we have in India,” he says. “By the time we realise what’s good and what kind of training is required, many years are lost. In countries like the US, they have a system in place where they know how a top U-16 or U-18 player needs to train and reach top Slams. I am sure if we have better training facilities in place, we will see players peaking much early and have a longer career,” he says about starting a formidable career only in his early 30s.

    While he travels across the globe on tournaments, he plays a lot of golf to de-stress and take the edge of constantly competing. But when he comes back home, he never misses the opportunity to indulge in his all-time favourite sweet treat, gulab jamun, especially from Bhagatram Sweets on Commercial Street.

    We talk to the Coorg tennis ace about what works for him, his trade secrets and fitness mantras.

    Meal plan

    Morning mantra
    I am a morning person and no matter what time I sleep, I get up on the dot after eight hours. My biological clock is set to eight hours.

    Breakfast I love my eggs, especially scrambled eggs with some brown bread toasted, a bowl of cereal with cold milk and fruits. The timing of my meals and what I eat – be it breakfast or lunch, dinner – always depends on and revolves around my match schedules.
    Lunch Pasta is what I usually prefer to have for lunch along with some grilled fish.

    Dinner For dinner, I usually get chicken with some brown or white rice. If not that I have a good steak but I make sure I eat dinner at least three hours before I go to bed.

    Snack Snacks are always fruits for me and sometimes, I munch on raisins.

    Guilty pleasure It’s the Bhagatram gulab jamuns that I really love and crave for. But luckily, I am not home most of the year, so I don’t have the temptation or rather don’t get to eat it as often.

    Drink menu I really like fresh fruit juices. I get my protein in my meats, so I don’t feel the need to have any protein shakes.

    Tricks of the trade Well, when it comes to tennis, the most important thing is to watch and pay attention to all the top players about how they train, move on court, eat right and learn from that. The main thing is that it requires 100 per cent commitment and discipline.

    De-stress strategy Listening to some good music (it could be anything, even Hindi, at times) and playing any other sport apart from tennis helps me de-stress. I mostly play golf as it is easily available all over the world.

    Best advice The most important thing, when you decide to take up something in life is to not have an ounce of doubt in your own mind about it. You need to be 100 per cent sure that this is what you want to do and there’s no absolutely no doubt about it.

    Skin splurge My wife keeps suggesting I use sun blocks and creams but I am so careless, I just don’t bother. I think it’s time to start. However, I do visit spas quite regularly but that’s more for massages and nothing to do with improving my skin tone.

    Downtime I catch up on my movies. If I get a chance to watch any Bollywood movie, then that’s my first preference for sure.

    Fitness mantra I enjoy my interval running on the treadmill. To add to this, I work a lot on my core and balances. I do interval running about five times a week and then in the gym, I lift weights but that’s just to maintain my muscles and not really to gain bulk or look ripped.

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Columns> You / by Nandini Kumar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / June 07th, 2015

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    May 31st, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports
    Over 50 Kodavas have represented India in international hockey. Photo: Abhilash Mandappa

    Over 50 Kodavas have represented India in international hockey. Photo: Abhilash Mandappa

    Every summer, about 250 families from Kodagu go back home with an agenda: to compete against each other for a prized hockey cup

    It’s a sultry Saturday in Virajpet, and the stands around the college grounds are packed with spectators. The teams in action, Chendanda and Palanganda, in orange and yellow respectively, pass, block, and swing their way to a tie, followed by a tense penalty shootout. After four failed attempts on either side, Palanganda’s Muthanna scores. The crowd erupts with wild cheering. It’s official: the Palanganda family has reclaimed victory at the 2015 Kodava Hockey Festival.

    At a time when cricket monopolises our sporting imagination, the Kodava community commits itself to India’s national game with renewed vigour every summer. The annual Kodava Hockey Festival in Kodagu (also called Coorg) is now touted as the world’s largest field hockey tournament, with about 250 family-clans (okkas) participating every year.

    Pandanda Kuttappa was inspired to start this tournament in his hometown after attending the 1982 Asian Games. The Indian hockey team then had many Kodava players and had already won eight Olympic gold medals, but the people in Kodagu could only hear about their players’ skill, techniques and wins over radio. “I wanted to create a hockey festival that would bring the Olympians to Kodagu. So people from all over Coorg or anyone interested could come, watch and observe their skills,” he says.

    The festival started off in the 1990s in the village of Karada, with 60 family-clans competing. Over the next decade, at least 10 more teams would join in each year. “Often, the organisers would cook for the teams and dine with them, helping them rediscover lost family connections,” says Sandhya Kumar, who has made a documentary, Hockey in my Blood, on this unique tournament.

    Now in its 19th year, the tournament is seeing a drop in turnout, particularly for the initial matches, says Kumar. “The stands are usually only around 30 per cent full until the quarterfinals, when things really start to heat up. After that it is packed with close to 10,000 people. It seems the tradition of families cooking and sharing food has died down over the years, but the competition seems to be getting fiercer,” she says.

    Why do the Kodavas love hockey so much? Over the years, more than 50 Kodavas have represented India in international hockey, earning their district the title ‘Cradle of Indian hockey.’ The festival is clearly an extension of this love. “It isn’t clear why the love for hockey is so ingrained in Kodavas,” confesses Kumar. “When I explored the subject for the film, I realised it could be anything from colonial influences to the fact that the Kodavas are a very active and physically-fit clan.” Shot over two years in Kodagu and screened at this year’s hockey festival, the documentary chronicles the history of the tournament and the popular contenders.

    The Palanganda family, which features prominently in the film, has won the cup five times and been runner-up twice. Spoiler alert: the winner in Hockey in my Blood is Anjaparavanda, which is a rare team with a woman player, Vishma Appaiah. Another woman player, Amulya Akkamma captained her Kongetira family team to reach the quarterfinals this year. “When the game is on, there is no question of special treatment because I am a girl. I push, shove, get pushed and shoved just like anyone else,” she says. “One of my biggest supporters is our goalkeeper, Harish Appanna. People like him are the reason young players like me are getting interested in hockey again. I hope a lot more young people play for their families in the future.”

    It seems to be more than just love for hockey that draws these families to compete. Every year, different family-clans submit detailed proposals to the Kodava Hockey Academy to host the tournament.

    Over time, it has become a matter of pride and honour to be the host. “I was on my toes all of last year,” says Rajiv Cariappa, convenor and treasurer at this year’s tournament. “With the contributions from the members of the Kuppanda clan, including women who married into other families, we raised a sizeable amount. We were able to put up LED TV walls for the matches and even played the ads of our sponsors, adding a new dimension of professionalism to the festival. With the leftover money, we are making contributions towards hockey training camps to encourage young players. Over the past three years, I have seen a surge in interest among the younger audience, which is great. This year, I heard, vehicles were parked up to a kilometre radius around the grounds. The stands and food stalls were packed, there was so much excitement in the air,” he adds.

    Scenes from the Kodava Hockey Festival – 2015 at Kodagu. Photo: Abhilash Mandappa

    Scenes from the Kodava Hockey Festival – 2015 at Kodagu. Photo: Abhilash Mandappa

    In a lifetime, a Kodava will only get to see his or her family host the cup once — there are 800-odd family-clans in Kodagu — and this seems reason enough for family members to drop jobs, request extended leave at IT companies and even arrive from overseas to organise and participate in the games. The winning team gets a cash prize of ₹2 lakh, while the runners-up get one lakh.

    The tournament is also ideal for talent spotting. Scouts from Sports Authority of India arrive here to select men and women players, some of whom can barely afford jerseys and equipment, and provide them training. Quite a few of them have gone on to become state and national players.

    So is the festival finally about serious hockey or a family reunion? “It is primarily a reunion,” says BP Govinda, chief selector, Indian hockey team and former Olympian and Asian Games player. “The teams consist of people aged 12 to 40. Some are professional players, some are old-timers, and some are just playing their first competition. In my opinion, there may not be much serious hockey there, but it’s a lot of good fun.”

    The documentary declares, “It is said that if a Kodava is not working on a coffee plantation, he is likely to be either in the Indian army, or playing field hockey.” Hockey’s popularity may be fading in much of India, but in the coffee-growing cradle of Kodagu, the sport is nurtured and loved.

    Hockey in my Blood (a documentary in English and Koda-thak) will be screened in Bengaluru next month.

    Tara Rachel Thomas is a Bengaluru-based writer

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Watch / by Tar Rachel Thomas / May 29th, 2015

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    May 7th, 2015adminSports, World Opinion

    Kuwait City:

    Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa settled for a bronze medal after losing to current world champion and top seed Nicol David of Malaysia at the semifinals of the Asian Championships here on Monday.

    Joshna Chinappa

    Joshna Chinappa

    28-year-old Chinappa, seeded fourth, went down 6-11 9-11 7-11 in the women’s singles semifinals to become the only Indian to win a semi-final berth.

    “Joshna possibly played one of best squash today. Some of her drives and volleyed drops were wonderful and took her famed opponent by surprise. On several occasions she was in front of Nicol,” said national coach Cyrus Poncha.

    Yesterday, Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal suffered surprise losses in the quarterfinals to crash out of the tournament.

    source: http://www.post.jagran.com / Jagran Post / Home> Sports News> Other Sports News / Jagran Post News Desk, Jagran Post Editorial / May 04th, 2015

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    The ramp-scorcher’s formulation to eat a sweet a day without guilt is very doable and should be patented


    Sports. That’s the secret of this well-known lanky Bengaluru model’s enviable physique.

    At six-feet and 65 kg, Medappa’s wiry and taut frame has graced fashion ramps across the country. He’s been a top model for the last six years. But before that he played competitive tennis (till he was 18). “My best ranking was 58 in India in Under 16. I used to travel a lot for tournaments across the country,” 28-year-old Medappa recalls.

    He’s still in touch with the sport as the Director of Fitness and Conditioning at Sol Sports, a tennis academy in the city where he trains a group of kids between the ages of 9 and 16. One of his students, Vishal Pagadala, is currently in the top five in the under 12 circuit in India. He attributes his high metabolism and a desire to eat healthy all the time to sports. And also, his magical ability to scarf down a sweet a day with no tell-tale signs on his lithe body.

    Play time “Medappa plays four sports every week—tennis thrice a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday),football every Tuesday and Thursday at Decathlon, basketball on Saturdays and badminton with his dad at times. .”

    The menu “Since I started modelling, I’ve been eating more of a high protein and low carb diet, because I’m required to be lean and muscular. So fish and chicken are a staple, along with fruits, veggies, dry fruits and of course Indian desserts. Being an ex-tennis player gave me the right foundation to eat well. I have never been on a diet but have been lucky to find the right food wherever I went as a tennis player or model, as we travel a lot.”

    Breakfast: “I eat a heavy breakfast,” he says. Actually, he has two breakfasts — one at 5.50 am (“before I leave for tennis training”) and one at 8.30 am after training. “The first one is mostly dry fruits, glucose biscuits, milk and banana. The second one would be either muesli or ragi/oats along with egg whites.” He eats egg whites with every meal because, he says, he “does not take any protein supplement powders.”Idlis are also included in the breakfast (“twice a week”). At 11.30 am he eats a fruit along with a dessert — either an Indian sweet or chocolate. “And since I eat it in the morning, I know I can burn it off over the day,” he says.

    Lunch: “It consists of white rice/brown rice with dal or curry. Sometimes I’ll have fish or chicken along with it, or paneer. At other times, wheat rotis with honey and butter give me the ideal light-yet-energetic lunch to keep me satiated for the next two hours. It is then followed by a dosa and banana before my workout (between 6.45-8.45 pm). Once in a while, an avocado milkshake is perfect at this time.”

    Dinner: “Dinner is also divided into two. One is soon after my late evening workout session which consists of egg whites, wheat chapatis and dal or a curry. And two hours later when I get hungry it’s usually veggies and curd with puffed rice or chat like bhelpuri. Due to my high metabolism and body heat, tender coconut/cucumbers are a must every day, usually at noon.”

    Guilty Pleasures “There is no guilt in any of the pleasures I indulge in. I have a sweet tooth, and always crave Indian deserts. Nothing to beat carrot halwa and pumpkin halwa. I also like walnut pie at Koshy’s.”

    De-stress strategies “I do a lot of long distance bike riding on my Kawasaki Ninja 650 — around 500 km in a day when I feel like it. It is more of a mental de-stresser than physical. But even better than that is spending time with my two dogs Jazz and Blaze in Coorg.”

    Skin Splurges “A sunscreen lotion all the time during the day is a must. A cold water face wash helps in keeping the skin fresh and clean. I also have a face/body pack from the Auroville Ashram in Pondicherry. It’s the best thing ever — I apply it thrice a week, especially a day before a show/shoot.”

    Drink Menu
    “Plenty of water throughout the day. I love Gatorade during workouts. Some milkshakes like avocado, chikoo and muskmelon to re-energise.”

    Fitness Routine “I try to avoid the gym as much as possible unless a fashion week or shoot is coming up where I need to focus on having some amount of muscle mass. Being a sportsperson, it’s all about conditioning and being fast, flexible and agile, which not 90 per cent of full time gym goers can do. I have two sessions TRX during the week as well — it’s a suspension training workout used by the American Navy Seals and is gruelling! A lot of running, sprints, uphill training, jump training and skipping are a part of my routine. I workout every three days. And rest one day in week. ”

    Tricks of the Trade “Playing a sport is very important. One team sport and one individual sport is a must for all. Running and cycling are something I do regularly apart from the rest.”

    Down time “I spend a lot of time with dogs — mine and others. I look after my friend’s pug very often. But time spent with dogs is never ‘down’ time, really!”

    Pantry Pick “Granola bars by Nature Valley.”

    Advice “Look after your body, love and appreciate your body, eat healthy and avoid cigarettes.”

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Columns> You / by Vidya Iyengar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / April 05th, 2015

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    April 4th, 2015adminSports

    Brisk preparations in Virajpet

    Virajpet :

    Brisk preparations are on at the Junior College grounds here where the Kuppanda Cup Hockey tournament will be held from April 15 to May 9. The Tournament Reception Committee Convenor Rajiv Cariappa has expressed confidence in completion of all ground and gallery works before April 10.

    Addressing a press meet at the Press Club here, Rajiv said that over 200 teams had registered their names for the tourney which would be organised as per the rules of Hockey India by Hockey Kodagu.

    Kuppanda Bopanna added that the date for registration had been extended till Mar. 31 and the ties would be released on April 3 at the Hockey Academy meeting.

    The press meet was attended by Reception Committee Secretary Kuppanda Vinod Belliappa and others.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports / March 28th, 2015

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    March 31st, 2015adminSports

    Madikeri :

    Journalists and photojournalists from across the state on Sunday March 29 took time off from their hectic schedules to test their cricketing skills in the state-level tournament organized at General K S Thimmayya district sports ground here.

    The team from Dakshina Kannada, which included Daijiworld’s ace photographer Dayanand Kukkaje, won the runner-up place, losing to Kolar team in the finals by 67 runs.

    The tournament was organized under the aegies of Karnataka state working journalists’ association and Kodagu district working journalists’ association.

    Dakshina Kannada team won the toss and put Kolar team to bat. Opening batsman Manjunath with 35 runs and Suresh with his undefeated knock of 103 (15 sixes) helped the team score 148 runs for the loss of two wickets within the stipulated ten overs. Suresh became the only batsman to have made a century.

    Batting second, the Dakshina Kannada team could managed to score only 81 runs in 10 overs for the loss of three wickets. Manjunath Bhat scored 31 runs with two boundaries and two sixes. Arun scored 16 runs.

    Manjunath Bhat of Dakshina Kannada team was declared the man of the series, while Suresh from Kolar was declared the man of the match for his century in the finals.

    Udupi’s Raghavendra was adjudged the best bowler, Kolar’s Suresh the best batsman, Shivamogga’s Satish the best player.

    In addition, Kolar’s Suresh won a prize for hitting the maximum number of sixes and Kodagu’s Vinay Hanagal won a prize for the best catch. Shivamogga team was declared the most disciplined team.

    source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / by DaijiWorld Media Network – Madikeri (EP) / Monday – March 30th, 2015

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    Indian captain Sardar Singh with P.R. Sreejesh. File photo / The Hindu

    Indian captain Sardar Singh with P.R. Sreejesh. File photo / The Hindu

    Ace midfielder Sardar Singh will lead a full strength Indian men’s hockey team in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 5 to 12.

    The Azlan Shah Cup despite being an invitational tournament, India have gone for a strong 18-member squad with just three changes from the last December’s Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar.

    Midfielder Danish Mujtaba, striker Lalit Upadhyay and defender Gurjinder Singh are the three players to miss out and in their places midfielder Chinglensana Singh and forwards Satbir Singh and Mandeep Singh have been drafted into the side.

    While Sardar will captain the side, goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will continue to be his deputy.

    Besides two goalkeepers — Sreejesh and Harjot Singh — the squad will have five defenders in Gurbaj Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh and V.R. Raghunath.

    The midfield will be under the leadership of skillful Sardar and he will be assisted by Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana and S.K. Uthappa, while Ramadeep Singh, S.V. Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Satbir and Mandeep will form India’s forward line.

    The Azlan Shah Cup will also be Dutchman Paul van Ass’ first assignment as the new chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team.

    “The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be my first tournament as the coach of this team and I look forward to a positive start by doing well in this tournament,” Van Ass said after the selection of the team on Wednesday.

    “The players and I are still trying to know each other both, professionally as well as on the personal front. By the intensity and efforts put in by these players on the field, during the preparations, gives me much confidence in this team and a hope to have a great start as one unit. I have seen them play in Champions Trophy last year and they are turning into a formidable line-up who are keen to take on new challenges.”

    Talking about the Azlan Shah-bound team, captain Sardar said, “The team composition is almost the same as Champions Trophy, although we have three new inclusions — Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Satbir Singh and Mandeep Singh. All three will help boost our options for attack.

    “I think their contribution for their respective teams in Hockey India League 2015 helped them make a comeback into the national squad.”

    Besides India and hosts Malaysia, the other participating nations in this year’s Azlan Shah Cup are Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Canada.

    India will play their first match against Korea on April 5 followed by games against New Zealand (April 6), Malaysia (April 8), Canada (April 9) and Australia (April 11).


    Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Harjot Singh

    Defenders: Gurbaj Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, VR Raghunath

    Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Sardar Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana Singh, SK Uthappa

    Forwards: Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Satbir Singh, Mandeep Singh.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Hockey / PTI / New Delhi – March 25th, 2015

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    New Delhi:

    40 years back, on 15 March 1975, the Indian men hockey team accomplished a historic feat against Pakistan in the finals of the 1975 Hockey World Cup wherein they beat the opponents 2-1 to earn the title of ‘Champions’. It was a moment of pride that day and it is a moment of pride for every Indian today. Remembering the occasion and the achievement, Hockey India congratulates the team who made this possible.

    Led by Captain Ajit Pal Singh, the team left no stone unturned to ensure that they got the Cup home. The team was placed in Group B of the tournament where they played against West Germany, Australia, England, Argentina and Ghana. Winning 3 matches, losing 1 and drawing 1 in the pool phase, India advanced to the semi-finals to play against Malaysia wherein they beat them 3-2. They had a close contest against Pakistan in the finals and it was Ashok Kumar the all important winning goal helping India win the title that year.

    Speaking on the proud occasion Dr. Narinder Batra, President, Hockey India said “After 40 years I still feel proud of the moment when we earned the title of Champions. I would like to congratulate each member of the winning squad and would like thank them that they made this day possible for every Indian. It is this feat 40 years back, which gives us the motivation that we can repeat history and win the title again.”

    Ajit Pal Singh captained and led the team to victory during the 1975 World Cup. He even has to his credit of representing the prestigious tournament on three occasions where he represented the team for 1971 World Cup, Barcelona wherein the team bagged the Bronze and in 1973 World Cup, Amsterdam where they bought back the Silver. He even was part of two Olympics Games in Mexico 1968 (Bronze) and 1972 (Bronze). He won the Arjuna Award in 1970 and Padamshree in 1992 for his contribution to the sport from the Government of India.

    Ashok Kumar, son of legendary Late Major Dhyan Chand is the first of two Indians who represented India for 4 World Cup tournaments which included Barcelona 1971 (Bronze), 1973 Amsterdam (Silver), Kuala Lumpur 1975 (Gold) and Buenos Aires 1978. He was also instrumental in scoring the winning goal for India against Pakistan in the finale of the 1975 World Cup. Mr. Ashok Kumar also participated in the two Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (Bronze) and Montreal 1976.

    Mohd. Aslam Sher Khan, defender and his contribution during the 1975 World Cup cannot be forgotten. He even represented India during the Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (Bronze), Brig.

    Harcharan Singh VSM also represented India at three World Cups in Barcelona 1971 (Bronze), Amsterdam 1973 (Silver) and Kuala Lumpur 1975 (Gold) alongwith one Olympic bronze medal in Munich 1972.

    Leslie Fernandez whose goalkeeping is still talked about after so many years was also part of the World Cup winning squad.

    Dhyan Chand Life Time Achievement Awardee Varinder Singh was also part of the Indian Team that won Silver Medal at the World Cup in Amsterdam 1973 and represented India at two Olympic Teams in 1972 (Bronze) and 1976.

    Ashok Diwan a Dhyan Chand Life Time Achievement Awardee in 2002.

    Michael Kindo who played at the full back position and was honored with the Arjuna Award for his achievements. He represented India at 3 World Cups which also included Barcelona 1971 (Bronze) and Amsterdam 1973 (Silver) alongwith one Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (Bronze).

    BP Govinda, current Chairman of the Selection Committee of Hockey India apart from being a part of the winning team in 1975 was also in the team of World Cup in Amsterdam 1973 (Silver) alogwith two Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (Bronze) and Montreal 1976, Brig.

    HJS Chimni who played at the centre forward position during the World Cup and whose contribution was vital for the win.

    V J Phillips who captained India at the Buenos Aires World Cup in 1978 was crucial member of 1975 World Cup winning team and also represented India at the two Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (Bronze) and Montreal 1978.

    Onkar Singh, youngest member of the World Cup 1975 winning team, later participated in the 1981 World Cup held at Mumbai.

    Kaliah P.E. the talented inside forward was also a part of the winning squad.

    Late Surjit Singh who played three World Cups in Amsterdam 1973 (Silver), Kuala- Lumpur 1975 and Mumbai 1982 finally has to his credit of ensuring that the team won the tournament in 1975. He also played two Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (Bronze) and Montreal 1976, he was one of those players who scored 4 Olympic goals and which a player will be proud of on any given day. He even was part of the 1978 Asian Games and where the team bagged the Silver medal.

    Late Shivaji Pawar the great center forward was also instrumental in the win of the 1975 World Cup. Late Mohinder Singh was also one of the key player of the 1975 winning squad.

    source: http://www.indiansportsnews.com / Indian Sports News / Home> Hockey / March 15th, 2015

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