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Indian Hockey ““ Out of Olympics

India’s dream of participating in the coming Olympics went into thin air as they failed to qualify. India was beaten by Britain in the qualifying final.

This is the first time since 1928, when Indian hockey team has failed to be part of the Olympic team. It is a shame, that the game, which had, produced stalwarts like Dyan chand, Ajit Pal Singh, Govinda etc. is in deep trouble of disappearing from the Indian sports arena. It is also of grave concern that the game of Hockey, which is the national game of India has been treated so shabbily.

The concerned officials responsible for the development of the game, are primarily to be blamed for the poor administration. The public and the media are also responsible for such a state of affairs. The focus and media attention has been given to one game, there by filling the coffers of the concerned body and its players and in the process making the media also richer. All of you know the game which I am referring.

Unless the same kind of media attention, importance and funding is done to the game of hockey, we will not be able to generate quality players to take up this game. The development and monitoring has to to take place at the grassroot levels for it to see some ray of hope to survive.

I hope this failure to qualify for the Olympics is taken up seriously by all concerned and put a strong system in place to ensure the development of the game.

Let us all hope that the National Game of Hockey see brighter days ahead.

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4 Responses

  1. lkjhgf says:

    There has to start the spread out of the knowledge of the hockey games and rules. There should be special period in the school where the students are taught about this game.

    Special benefits should be given to those who play for state and national team.

    The virtue lies in the struggle, not the prize.

  2. jmalhotra says:


    but might show the way to a better one after this jolt ..hope that the game improves by taking serious concern over the issue by the authorities for it being our NATIONAL GAME

  3. madhu_vamsi says:

    Hi Murali,
    I strongly feel the problem lies with IHF administration. Frequently changing the team & coach will never allow the team to settle down. I even feel that there is no understanding between the punjabi forwards with each other and with the rest of the team.
    Espn Star is conducting a tournament called PHL and encouraging the players but playing among the Indian players will not improve the skill. The tournament organisers need to concentrate more on bringing more foreign teams or players.
    Indian hockey federation has to set up a good league tournaments and try to bring back the past glory instead of blaming each other for the failure. Only governament can take action but when governament itself has downgraded Hockey from funding then only god can help the National sport.

    With love,
    Madhu…. 🙂

  4. abhirup20002 says:

    Chakde doesn’t work on it. But we should look forward for the hope & try something newer way for solving this problem as it is a prestige of our motherland India.

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