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Wednesday, August 12, 2020


If there was a hockey legend after Dhyan Chand, it was Balbir Singh Sr: Milkha Singh

May 25, 2020 7:04:54 pm

Balbir Singh Sr and Milkha Singh competed together at the highest level for the country in their respective games and even worked together for Punjab Sports department in the 1960's.

‘Balbir Singh played 1956 Olympic final with plaster on his finger’: Tulsidas Balaram

May 25, 2020 6:21:41 pm

Tulsidas Balaram was part of the national football team that finished a historic fourth in the 1956 Olympics and remembered how Balbir Singh took pain-killing injections before the summit clash.

How man manager Balbir Singh Sr inspired demoralised India to lone World Cup crown

May 25, 2020 2:20:34 pm

He didn't always need a hockey stick to pull it off for India, that was the kind of magic Balbir Singh Sr could weave, which steered a "demoralised" national team to its first and only World Cup gold back in 1975. 

Sports fraternity mourns the loss of Balbir Singh Sr, remembers ‘unforgettable contribution towards Indian hockey’

May 25, 2020 10:23:01 am

The sporting world woke up to the sad news and moaned the loss of the iconic hockey player.

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr passes away at 96

May 25, 2020 6:21:17 pm

Balbir Singh Sr's record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final at the Olympics still remains unbeaten.

Covid positive cook at Bengaluru SAI centre had no access to hockey players: Official

May 20, 2020 11:49:42 am

The cook died of a cardiac arrest and later tested positive for Covid-19, according to a top official, who said there was no reason to panic as the deceased had no access to the players' accommodation zone.

Aslam Sher Khan: The original super-sub

May 17, 2020 8:46:24 am

Eight-time Olympic gold medallists India have been world champions just once and Aslam Sher Khan recalls how he prevented the dream dying a premature death.

Stranded in US post lockdown, hockey World Cup winner Ashok Diwan returns home

May 26, 2020 2:27:19 pm

The 1975 World Cup-winning Ashok Diwan had made a distress call to the IOA President Narinder Batra last month, requesting him to take his plea to the higher authorities.

Hockey players request training restart, Kiren Rijiju assures controlled resumption

May 14, 2020 8:07:26 pm

The minister gave a patient hearing to the homesick hockey players and took note of feedback during the online meeting which was attended by 34 men and 24 women hockey players.

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Aarogya Setu app must for hockey players: Hockey India’s post-pandemic plan

May 14, 2020 1:51:46 pm

Guidelines state players must review their status on the app and only those who are in 'safe' or 'low-risk' category will be allowed to take part in tournaments.

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior suffers cardiac arrest, remains critical

May 13, 2020 3:18:59 pm

Balbir Singh Senior was part of the Indian contingent that won the Olympics gold medal in 1948, 1952, and 1956.

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr hospitalised in critical condition

May 9, 2020 9:22:02 pm

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, a triple Olympic gold medallist, has been admitted to a Chandigarh hospital in critical condition.

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Narinder Batra gets extension as FIH President following postponement of body’s annual Congress

May 9, 2020 1:28:48 am

Indian sports administrator Narinder Batra's term as FIH President was on Friday extended till world body's next Congress, which was postponed to May next year due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Dutch coach puts team before home

May 7, 2020 1:29:51 pm

Sjoerd Marjine, women’s hockey in-charge, decides against flying to Amsterdam because squad is in lockdown

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We have become much more aggressive under Graham Reid: Gurinder Singh

May 6, 2020 3:59:27 pm

Gurinder said since his arrival Reid has been working closely with every player, besides emphasising on team tactics.

Indian women’s hockey team raises Rs 20 lakh to help people affected by Covid-19 pandemic

May 4, 2020 2:10:44 pm

Each day a player gave a new challenge and tagged 10 people on their social media handles to take up the challenge and donate Rs 100 to the fundraiser.

Covid-19 could lead to hockey’s slow death in Pakistan: PHF

May 3, 2020 10:42:47 am

With three Olympic gold and four World Cup crowns, Pakistan hockey has a rich history. But of late, the sport is struggling to survive in the country because of lack of sponsors owing to the national team's poor show at the international stage.

‘Last year’s performances have kept us motivated’: Navjot Kaur

April 25, 2020 3:30:05 pm

In the year gone by, the Indian women have won the FIH Women's Series Finals, Olympic Test Event, and the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, along with victories in several tours.

Olympics delay gives Indian women’s hockey team better chances: Namita Toppo

April 23, 2020 4:17:00 pm

The Tokyo Games was pushed back by a year due to the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic but Namita said it hasn't changed their goal of winning an Olympic medal.

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Avengers of 1964 who reclaimed gold in last Tokyo Olympics

April 23, 2020 1:12:47 pm

India's invincibility tag was wearing off with an Asiad final loss to Pakistan in 1962 where opposition wingers raided in blitzy attacks on both flanks. Then came India's Avengers of 1964 who reclaimed the gold the last time Olympics happened at Tokyo.

Hockey India, SAI collaborate to conduct online coaches development sessions

April 18, 2020 2:37:55 pm

The coaches development sessions will be classified into two sessions — 'basic' and 'intermediate' — and the latter will have the participation of national team coaches Graham Reid and Sjoerd Marijne.

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Hockey India postpones all National C’ships, SAI extends camps after lockdown extension

April 14, 2020 4:52:48 pm

National hockey championships were rescheduled to start on April 29 and continue till July 3 but have been suspended for now.

Skating on thin ice: Hockey heads for tumultuous future

April 11, 2020 8:31:23 am

With hockey's superpowers struggling financially, leagues and tournaments suspended, the sport is treading tough times.

India’s FIH Pro League tie against New Zealand cancelled due to COVID-19

April 10, 2020 7:34:52 pm

India were scheduled to host New Zealand for the two-leg tie on May 23 and 24 in Bhubaneswar.

Invincibles of Incheon: Sardar Singh looks back at when India reclaimed Asian crown after 16 years

April 5, 2020 8:23:32 am

After countless false dawns and years of a fractured hockey team putting up sub-par performances, India pulled together as a unit at the Asian Games in 2014 to reclaim continental glory after 16 long years, beating arch-rivals Pakistan. Sardar Singh, the talismanic captain and India's finest midfielder of the era, looks back.