Indian Under-18 Men, Women Hockey Teams Finish With Silver Medals


The Indian under-18 men’s and women’s hockey team finished with a silver medal at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games on Monday. The men’s team ended their campaign with a silver medal after going down 2-4 against Malaysia while the women’s team lost 1-3 against Argentina. Argentina created history by winning their first ever Olympic gold in the women’s hockey in any category as Gianella Palet, Sofia Ramallo and Brisa Bruggesser scored for the hosts. Mumtaz Khan was the lone goal scorer for India. The under 18 men, also ended their campaign with a silver medal after going down 2-4 against Malaysia in the finals.

In the women’s final, India’s U-18 team started the first period well, attacking Argentina right from the start of the game. The reward followed soon as in-form forward Mumtaz Khan netted the ball in 49th second, giving India an early lead in the match. Argentina, soon after conceding the goal, played a counter-attacking game to put pressure on India. The hosts found the equalizer in the seventh minute with Gianella Palet (7′) putting the ball in the Indian net. Sofia Ramallo (9′), then scored to turn the match around and help their side to a 2-1 lead at half-time.

In the second half of the game, the host kept most of the possession, not allowing the Indian team to find space or create chances. It was Brisa Bruggesser, who had the first real chance of the second period in the 12th minute, and the Midfielder made sure that she hit the target, giving her team a solid 3-1 lead. The home team after scoring the third goal looked resolute in defense, and closed down the Indians whenever they had possession, denying them any opportunity to score. Argentina, backed by their crowd, made sure that they managed the game well, as they kept possession and saw themselves through to the final whistle to register a historic Gold Medal victory.

The Indian U-18 Women’s team also created history, winning the silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games on their very first attempt matching the Men’s team’s feat, who lost to Malaysia earlier in the day to finish with the silver.

Chinese U-18 women won the bronze medal with a 6-0 rout of South Africa, while the Argentine U-18 men took bronze courtesy a 4-0 win over Zambia.

(With IANS inputs)



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Manu Bhaker Wins Silver, Men’s Hockey Team Reaches Semi-Final At Youth Olympics Games


The India-Tajik pair had on Thursday come through qualification with a score of 751. They then beat an Egyptian-Thai pair 10-4 in the round of 16 at the Parque Polideportivo Roca shooting range in the Argentine capital. They beat a pair from Lithuania and Moldova 10-8 in the quarterfinals and then overcame Andria Ibarra of Mexico and Dymtro Honta of Ukraine 10-3 in the semifinals.

The German-Bulgarian pair, however, started strong in the finals and was 3-0 ahead at one stage before winning 10-3 to emerge champions.

According to the format, the gold medal winner of the individual event is paired with the athlete who finished 20th in the final. India thus wrapped up their shooting campaign with two gold and three silver medals. Of the eight medals won by the Indian contingent so far, five are from shooting. Manu and Saurabh Chaudhary had won gold in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol events, while Shahu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh had won silver in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle events, earlier in the Games.

On the hockey turf, Shivam Anand (1st, 8th minutes) sounded the board twice while Maninder Singh a(3rd) and Sanjay (17th) were the other goal scorers for India in the quarterfinals of the Hockey 5s competition at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. Poland’s goals came from the sticks of Eryk Bembenek (16th) and Michal Nowakowski (18th).

The Indian women’s hockey 5s team beat South Africa 5-2 in their final Pool A match to advance to the quarterfinals of the Youth Olympic Games here. The Indians finished in the second spot in their pool with 12 points, behind leaders Argentina.

Mumtaz Khan (2nd, 17th minute), Reet (10th), Lalremsiami (12th) and Ishika Chaudhary (13th) scored in India’s convincing victory over South Africa on Thursday as the team ended the pool stages on a winning note after Wednesday’s defeat to hosts Argentina.

On the badminton courts, title favourite Indian Lakshya Sen recovered from a game deficit to beat Kodai Naraoka 14-21 21-15 24-22.

Swimmer Srihari Natraj failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s 200m backstroke after finishing sixth in Heat 1 with a timing of 2:04.80, which was overall 13th best. Only eight best made it to the final.



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Shah Rukh Khan to attend hockey world cup opening ceremony


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Archana Kamath Loses Table Tennis Bronze Play-Off, Women’s Hockey Team Suffers First Defeat


India endured a medal-less outing at the Youth Olympics after the gold rush of the previous three days as the women’s hockey team lost to Argentina and rising table tennis player Archana Kamath went down in the bronze medal match. Archana Kamath, who became the first Indian player to enter the semifinals of Youth Olympics, gave her all against Romania’s Andreea Dragoman before losing 11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 5-11, 9-11 in the semifinal played on Wednesday night (wee hours of Thursday in India).

The Indian under-18 women’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the Youth Olympics’ five-a-side competition, going down 2-5 to hosts Argentina. After three successive wins, India lost the toughest match they played in the event. 

Argentina opened the scoring with a seventh minute goal through Celina Di Santo. India’s Mumtaz Khan equalised soon after in the eighth minute but the hosts regained the lead in the 10th minute with a field goal by Sofia Ramallo. 

Just before the half time, Reet scored a fine field goal to draw level for India. The second period, however, was totally dominated by Argentina as they showcased brilliant attack that helped them score back-to-back in the 12th, 17th and 19th minute through Sofia, Josefina Rubenacker and Gianella Palet respectively. 

The Indian team will face South Africa in its fifth match of the competition. A little later in the day, the men’s hockey team too did not get the result it wanted, losing 3-4 to Australia in a keenly contested contest. 

Davis Miles, James Collins, Alistair Murray, Bradely Marais scored for Australia while India struck through Vivek Sagar Prasad, who found the net twice, and Shivam Anand. Both teams scored two goals each after Australia led 2-1 at half time. 

On Thursday morning, swimmer Advait Page disappointed in Heat 3, finishing seventh.    The medal-less day for India came after it won three historic gold medals in as many days. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary won shooting gold medals after weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga gave India its first ever gold in Youth Olympics. India has also won three silver medals in the competition.    

Another medal could be assured if rising badminton star Lakshya Sen wins his semifinal against Japan’s Kodai Naraoka later on Thursday.



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Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team Beat Australia 5-4


Continuing their unbeaten run in the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup, the Indian junior men’s hockey team edged past defending champions Australia 5-4 on Wednesday to secure a place in the top four stage of the tournament. This was India’s fourth successive win in the tournament and it helped the team top the Pool table. India made a dominating start with their best attack in the opening quarter. Though their initial chance of scoring from a Penalty Corner went amiss, Gursahibjit Singh scored a fine field goal to give India a 1-0 lead in the 5th minute.

The team built on a good start to score three more back-to-back goals in the 11th, 14th and 15th minutes through Haspreet Singh, Mandeep Mor and Vishnukant Singh. The 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter was a major setback for the defending champions.

However, India faltered in their defence in the second quarter, only to give away an easy goal through a penalty stroke in the 18th minute.

Damon Steffens, who scored the first goal for Australia, ended up scoring the second goal too when an Indian infringement inside the circle saw them concede a PC in the 35th minute, narrowing the goal deficit to 4-2.

Though Shilanand Lakra scored in the 43rd minute to take India’s lead to 5-3, Australia put India through some tense moments as they appeared to make a late recovery, by stretching India’s defence.

In the 59th minute, the pressure to defend the scoreline saw the Indians give away another penalty stroke which was easily converted by Steffans, taking the goal difference to a narrow 5-4. But India held their nerves to finish the match in their favour.

The Indians will next take on Britain in their fifth match on Friday.



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Need To Avoid Complacency During Hockey Asian Champions Trophy, Says Manpreet Singh


Even as the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-final of the 18th Asian Games still lingers on in Manpreet Singh’s mind, the mid-fielder urged the Indian hockey team to guard against complacency as they prepare for the Asian Champions Trophy starting on October 18. Manpreet, who was named the India skipper for the tournament, conceded that they were “slightly overconfident” of being the continent’s number one team during the Asiad but wants his side to avoid such things going in to the Asian Champions Trophy.

In the Asian Champions Trophy too, World No.5 India are the highest ranked side among the participating nations.

“It was a tournament we should have won and the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-final still haunts us,” stated the midfielder.

“At the Asian Games, I think we were slightly overconfident that we are Asia’s No.1 team and this complacency is what we need to avoid during the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 if we want to retain the title. Post the semi-final loss, the team had several meetings to understand where we went wrong and watched the videos from that match numerous times. When we regrouped for the national camp, we told ourselves it’s time to move on and we cannot let the past affect our chances at the upcoming two big tournaments,” he added.

Over the past three weeks, the Indian team has been put through the grind at the Kalinga Stadium — the venue for the FIH World Cup next month. Doing well at the Asian Champions Trophy will be integral in their preparations for the mega event on home soil.

The captain stated that the challenging weather conditions in Bhubaneswar will help them acclimatise to the humid playing conditions in Oman.

“The playing conditions in Oman will be similar to Bhubaneswar and we are training hard, sometimes train till late in the night as some of our matches start late in the Asian Champions Trophy.”

“Our aim going into the tournament is simple. We play to our potential against every team without taking anyone including Oman lightly. There won’t be any room for complacency. We have watched videos of how each of these teams play and we are prepared for the challenge,” he added.

India, the defending champions will take on hosts Oman in their tournament opener on October 18 before taking on arch-rivals and previous edition’s runners-up Pakistan in their second round robin match on October 20.

The Manpreet Singh-led squad will then play reigning Asian Games champions Japan the next day before facing Malaysia on October 23.

India’s final round robin match will be on October 24 against South Korea. The semi-finals will be played on October 27 with the final slated for October 28.



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Hockey Asian Champions Trophy Holders India Face Stiff Challenge


Defending champions India will be up against formidable sides including Asian Games gold medallists Japan, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Korea and hosts Oman, as they attempt to retain their Asian Champions Trophy crown at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat October 18 onwards.

The fifth edition of the 10-day biennial event titled Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018, hosted by the Oman Hockey Federation, will be one of the first big-ticket hockey events to be played in Muscat. 

World No.5 India enter the tournament as the highest-ranked side among the competing sides with Malaysia ranked second best at No.12. Pakistan and South Korea are at No.13 and 14 respectively, and with world no.16 Japan and a highly inspired Oman round up an exciting mix of teams promising a fiercely competed tournament ahead. 

Introduced in 2011, with the first edition played in Ordos, China, the Asian Champions Trophy is a marquee event in the Asian Hockey Federation’s (AHF) calendar. 

The inaugural edition was clinched by India while Pakistan won the title twice in 2012 and 2013 before India lifted the title again in 2016 in Kuantan, Malaysia.

This year’s tournament will witness stiff competition among the top performing teams from across Asia with big stakes at play, especially in the lead up to the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India, slated to begin on November 28.

Commenting on the tournament, AHF President Abdullah Ahmad Shah said, “This edition of Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 is crucial for the participating teams especially those who are taking part in the World Cup in Bhubaneswar 2018. I expect the competition to be fierce and engaging for the global audience.”



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Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad Elected Hockey India President


Bihar’s Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad was elected the President of Hockey India following the eighth Hockey India Congress on Monday. Ahmad, who formerly held the Secretary General’s post, will succeed Rajinder Singh after being elected unopposed, according to a Hockey India statement. While Gyanendro Ningombam of Manipur will take over as the Senior Vice President, Asima Ali of Jammu and Kashmir and Bhola Nath Singh of Jharkhand will be the new Vice Presidents.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajinder Singh has been elected the Secretary General and Tapan Kumar Das of Assam was re-elected the Treasurer.

Former Indian women’s team captain Asunta Lakra of Jharkhand was elected the Joint Secretary along with Firoz Ansari of Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile, Arti Singh of Rajasthan, M Renuka Lakshmi of Tamil Nadu and SVS Subramanya Gupta, currently heading Hockey Karnataka, were elected unopposed as Executive Members.

RP Singh and Joydeep Kaur were re-appointed as Athlete Representatives after their nomination was ratified at the Congress.



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Sardar Singh retires from international hockey


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Sardar Singh Announces Retirement From International Hockey


Former India hockey skipper Sardar Singh Wednesday decided to call time on his illustrious career, saying he had played enough in the last 12 years and now it’s time for the youngsters to take over. Sardar said he made the decision after a disappointing Asian Games where India failed to defend its title and returned with a bronze medal. With age and speed not on his side, Sardar’s performance in the Games came under the scanner. “Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. I have played enough hockey in my career. 12 years is a long time. Now it’s time for the future generation to take over,” Sardar told news agency PTI.

“I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey,” he added.

Interestingly, during the Asian Games in Jakarta, Sardar said he still has hockey left in him and desires to play one last Olympics in 2020 Tokyo.

However, he had a change of heart amid speculation that he was forced to retire after his name was dropped from the 25-strong core group of national campers announced by the Hockey India Wednesday.

Asked about the dropping from the camp, Sardar evaded the question and said he would formally announce his retirement during a press conference in the national capital on Friday.

Sardar made his senior debut for India against Pakistan in 2006 and since then he has been a vital cog in the Indian team’s midfield.

The 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight long years from 2008 to 2016 before handing the responsibility to PR Sreejesh.

Sardar was also the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.

Sardar has represented India in two Olympics. 

Sardar will leave behind a rich legacy in the sport. A fighter to the core, he came back strongly after being dropped from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games squad. He worked hard on his fitness to roar back into the national team for the Champions Trophy, where India won a silver medal.

With age, he slowed down a bit but Sardar still is considered as one of the fittest players in the Indian team.

“Fitness is not the reason behind my decision. I am fit enough to play hockey for some more years. But there is always a time for everything and I feel it’s time for me to move on in life,” he said.

Sardar said he has conveyed his decision to chief coach Harendra Singh, adding he will continue to play hockey in the domestic circuit.

Hailing from Sirsa in Haryana, Sardar’s career was not devoid of controversy either.

Sardar was accused of rape by an Indian-origin British woman, a charge which he vehemently denied and was also given a clean chit by the special investigation team of Ludhiana Police.

 (With PTI inputs)



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