Former Australia coach Ric Charlesworth and former Dutch coach Max Caldas were awarded the inaugural Coach of the Year for the men's and women's team respectively, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said here on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
Taking a cue from Hockey India League, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) today made significant changes in the structure of the game, moving away from two 35-minute halves to four-quarter format of 15 minutes each in a match.
Pakistan defender Muhammad Arslan Qadir was today suspended for two matches for a Level 2 offence which relates to a "physical assault, without injury, of another player" during their Pool A match against holders Germany at the ongoing Hero FIH Junior Men`s World Cup here.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre feels the Junior World Cup to be held here from Dec 6-15 is the perfect platform for talented young players in the world to make a name for themselves and leave a big impression on those watching.