Top four teams will not only play for pride, honour and the trophy but they will also be vying to win the handsome reward of Rs 2.50 Crores.
Narinder Batra said that state governments too should do their bit to ensure that the sport further flourish in this country.
John-John Dohmen said it was 'amazing and a big surprise as well a huge honour to get the Award.'
Uttar Pradesh Wizards made it to the semi-finals of Hockey India League after an exciting 4-4 draw with Dabang Mumbai.
Abhijit Sarkar has been associated with Sahara since 2004, was appointed on the basis of an Executive Board Meeting held on February 7.
India men's team captain P R Sreejesh and fast-rising drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh are the two Indians in contention for awards.
Sardar Singh showed glimpses of his old self but later struggled to make an impact on HIL game against UP Wizards.
Delhi and UP are still favourites to clinch the last two places, but Ranchi Rays still has an outside chance.
Sandeep Singh is now eager to take up the mentor's role for youngsters wanting to master the art of drag-flicking.
A sloppy defence at the heart of the striking circle saw Ranchi Rays concede a field goal when Seve van Ass was left unmarked.
A minute from half time, Parvinder Singh shot over Dabang Mumbai's post as Waveriders went into the breather trailing by a goal.
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Sandeep Singh is only the second Indian player after Dileep Tirkey to have an honorary degree for sporting excellence.
Uttar Pradesh Wizards beat Punjab Warriors to keep their hopes alive for a semi-final spot in HIL.
The Delhi outfit led by Rupinder Pal Singh will go into the game riding high on confidence after victories over Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
There was intensity in Delhi Waveriders’ display, and they were first to almost every loose ball.
Delhi Waveriders came into the game looking for their second win in the league to keep their hopes intact to stay in contention for the semis.
A field goal by Robert Kemperman in the last minute meant that Punjab faced their third loss of the season by 2-1.
If the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick, Jack Eichel and Ryan Suter aren't available, USA Hockey will look mostly to the college ranks.
Gonzalo Peillat struck the equaliser for Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the 60th minute
Fatima Al Ali first started playing hockey in the United Arab Emirates, she skated with young children half her size.
Despite Ranchi having more circle entries and shots on target in each quarter of the match they failed to score against Jaypee Punjab Warriors.
Mink Van der Weerden gave the home crowd a reason to celebrate when he fiercely flicked the ball past Ranchi Rays keeper.
The team members along with coach Harendra Singh, met Balbir Singh Sr at his residence in Chandigarh.
Delhi thrashed UP 8-1, scoring as many as four field goals with a splendid display of counter-attacking hockey.
Delhi Waveriders jumped to fifth position in the six-team tournament while UP Wizards slumped to the bottom of the standings.
Alongside Roelant Oltmans as chief coach, Hockey India is set to appoint former Holland assistant coach Hans Streeder as his assistant.
Punjab's captain Sardar Singh would be happy with the result, the same may not be said about his personal performance on the day.
The loss meant Delhi would continue to languish at the bottom while Punjab jumped up by recorded their second win from four games.
Odisha CM AP Padhi said stated that the government will provide all support and assistance for the successful hosting of the international event.
In HIL’s first visit to Delhi this term, Waveriders will seek an upswing in luck
Delhi Waveriders have got their campaign off to a shaky start.
Dabang Mumbai avenged their bitter loss to Kalinga Lancers in their home game with a sensational 5-2 win.
UP Wizards and Ranchi Rays played out a goalless draw in the Hockey India League in Ranchi on Saturday.
Kalinga Lancers held on to beat Punjab Warriors 6-5 and jump to the top of the standings in the fifth edition of HIL.
Ashley Jackson scored two while Amir Khan and Imran Khan scored one goal each to ensured Ranchi Rays earned five points.