Almost two dozen men and women players, who have all retired over the last decade, are going through Hockey India and International Hockey Federation’s certification process to become accredited coaches and give a fillip to the eroding grassroots structure.
With the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games being postponed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sardar feels the Indian team will get some time to work on its grey areas and unearth new talent.
Hockey India's ‘one state, one association’ policy means Mumbai will not be able to field a separate team in the National Championships which might lead to fewer opportunities for players.
As per the initiative, Rs 10,000 each will be given as a one-time grant to 220 beneficiaries. The fund has been raised through a joint initiative of Olympic Gold Quest and Go Sports Foundation.
Both the men's and women's national teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the government announced the nationwide lockdown.
Both the men's and women's national teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the government announced the nationwide lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barford Tigers, formed in 1966, has been pushing for higher representation of minorities in British hockey.
India-Pakistan hockey matches are full-blooded encounters and Jugraj Singh recalls a Champions Trophy clash that will live long in memory.
Former India captain pays tribute to the hockey legend, shares memories from the victorious 1975 World Cup campaign on Express Sports podcast.
Hockey India on Tuesday nominated Harmanpreet and women's team members Vandana Katariya and Monika for the Arjuna Award, while recommending women's team captain Rani for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Hockey India nominated national women's team captain RaniRampal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while Vandana Kataria, Monika and Harmanpreet Singh were recommended for the Arjuna Award.
The national team players were supposed to restart training in mid-May, but their wait got prolonged after a SAI staffer passed away and tested positive for the coronavirus.
The encounter with MS Dhoni happened four years ago when the Indian team was at the PCA stadium in Mohali ahead of their World T20 tie against Australia.
Former Pakistan captain and coach, Hasan Sardar, an outstanding centre-forward himself, said he took a lot of inspiration by hearing stories and anecdotes about Balbir Singh Sr.
The Indian Express recounts its encounters with the legend
Balbir Singh Senior spent a major part of his life in Chandigarh post retirement
A goal-scoring machine from the days when hockey was played on grass, Balbir Singh Sr won three Olympic golds — 1948, 1952 and 1956 — and was India’s most-decorated athlete ever.
I feel very lucky to share my name with him. There may have been six Balbir Singhs who have played for India. But there will always be one Balbir Singh Senior.
His teammates, the players he coached and old friends recall the qualities that set Balbir Singh Dosanjh apart
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.
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.
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.
The sporting world woke up to the sad news and moaned the loss of the iconic hockey player.
Balbir Singh Sr's record for most goals scored by an individual in the men's hockey final at the Olympics still remains unbeaten.
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.