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HockeyHockey is the national game of India. Infact, it has now become one of the most popular international games. It is the fast game where players can be seen running in the field all through, when the game is in progress. Every minute there is some move, which may change the, probalities os winning of the two teams in the game. Our country has produced a number of world class players. Dhyan chand is one such, who is called the wizard of hockey.
India first became the world champion, in hockey, in 1928, by winning the Gold Medal at Amsterdam Olympics. Since then, it continued to be the champion, till it lost in the Rome Olympics.
The early history of Indian hockey is a glorious one.It had almost a virtual monopoly. Right from 1928, it won six olympic gold medals in a row-at Amsterdam(1928), Los Angles (1932), Berlin (1936), London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). It came down to the seventh place in the Montreal Olympics. India regained the Gold Medal at Moscow Olympics in 1980, but lost in 1984 again.
But today, the story of Indian hockey pains the Indian sports lover particularly-domainating champions of some golden time but now trailing and merely making the numbers. It is a sad story which is symbolic of the poor state of the Indian sports is, in general.
In between the quagmire of what transpired after the historic win of the Asian Champions trophy in 2011 and the prize announcement, one thing that was quite unusual was that most hockey pandits and celebrity fans went on compring hockey with cricket.
The pertinent question is – ‘what can be done to improve Indian hockey?’
Infrastructure and training facilities are the keys obviously. Where does the money come in for the same? The slow, but the best way is by in-house initiatives like the PHL to create interest in the game. Only, such initiatives should be handled properly and seriously.
The wrangling over the supreme authority to govern hockey in India between Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation is another unneccessary roadblock for the revival of the game. Its latest victim was the withdrawal of men’s Champions Trophy from the country that seriously jeopardised the chances of the team to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012. But when qualified and played the London Olympics, it again failed to win single match.
Probably, stting the house in order would be the beginning to a long and streamlined progress towards bringing glory days back. Merger of the two factors is pivotal, if the concerned officials sincerely want to see their efforts bear any positive result.