Pakistan hockey coach Shahnaz Sheikh on Sunday issued an official apology to FIH and Hockey India for the rude and obscene behavior of his players after their win against India in the semi-final of the FIH Men's Champions Trophy 2014 on Saturday.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Sunday suspended two Pakistani players Amjad Ali and Mohammad Tousiq from playing in the Champions Trophy final after they were found guilty of making obscene gestures towards spectators following their semi-final win against India.
Taking strong exception to FIH's "weak" censure to Pakistani players for their obscene behaviour after beating India in the Champions Trophy semifinal, Hockey India on Sunday decided that it would not host any event sanctioned by the world body until strong punishment is handed out to the offenders.
Hockey India announced on Sunday of its decision to end all ties with Pakistan after their players made obscene gestures towards Indian fans and media after their win over India in the semi-final clash of Champions Trophy.
Pakistani players shamelessly hurled obscene gestures towards Indian fans and media after their win over India but no action will be taken against them as their coach Shahnaz Sheikh has apologised to the FIH for the incident.
The new format of the Champions Trophy might have come in for criticism from some coaches but International Hockey Federation President Leandro Negre on Saturday defended it, saying that increasing the number of teams to eight has raised television viewership of the tournament.
The new format of the men's Champions Trophy hockey competed by eight countries today came in for criticism from the coaches of the participating teams who all feel that the current system was "unfair" and want to return to the old six-team format.
India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans on Tuesday said the hosts are determined to give a tough fight to their opponents and are geared up to face world no. 3 Germany in their opening match of the FIH Champions Trophy to be held here from December 6-14.
The relatively hot weather conditions here will be a challenge for the overseas teams during the prestigious FIH Champions Trophy, which begins at the Kalinga Stadium on December 6, feels the skippers of Australia and England sides.
Terry Walsh's sudden exit as Indian hockey team's chief coach seems to have left a long lasting effect on the players, who said they were missing the Australian's services ahead of the FIH Champions Trophy.
The honour to carry India's flag in the opening ceremony of 17th Asian Games couldn't have come at a better time for hockey team skipper Sardar Singh, who feels it will not only spur him but the entire squad to break its 16-year gold jinx in the continental event.
With new rules set to be introduced in the upcoming Asian Games, India's vice captain P R Sreejesh feels the change in format will work in their favour in Incheon as they have hands-on experience of playing a game of four quarters, courtesy Hockey India League.
The uncertainty over India's participation in the Sultan of Johor Cup men's junior hockey tournament is over as the Sports Authority of India, after much dilly-dallying, has finally approved the national camp to be held here from September 13 to October 9.
Legendary Australian hockey player Jamie Dwyer is all set to call time on his illustrious career within next two months, ruling out any possibility of representing the `Kookaburras` in their Champions Trophy defence in India later this year.