Revive club culture, improve training in hockey: Pandya

Updated: 18 September 2008 17:59 IST

IOA consultant Arun K Pandya on Wednesday stressed the need for revival of the club culture for regaining the lost glory of hockey in India.

Revive club culture, improve training in hockey: Pandya

Thrissur, kerela:

Consultant to Indian Olympic Association Arun K Pandya on Wednesday stressed the need for revival of the club culture for regaining the lost glory of hockey in India.

Pandya, one of the founder directors of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), told reporters here that Indian hockey had its best days even before Independence and afterwards also.

Indian hockey had its golden days when it was played on grass turf. Hockey being a game of speed and skill, the Indian players could not cope with the speed required for synthetic ground as the ground was changed from grass to synthetic.

Another reason for the poor performance of the Indian hockey players was disappearance of club culture of hockey in the country, Pandya said.

He said that club culture facilitated grooming of players by different clubs amid stiff competition.

Answering a query, he emphasized the need for improving training and the selection process.




Topics : Hockey
Related Articles
India, Pakistan in Same Pool of Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017
India, Pakistan in Same Pool of Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017
PHF Mulls Legal Action Against FIH Over Junior Hockey World Cup Expulsion
PHF Mulls Legal Action Against FIH Over Junior Hockey World Cup Expulsion
Pakistan Slams FIH's Decision To Dump Junior Hockey Team From World Cup In India
Pakistan Slams FIH's Decision To Dump Junior Hockey Team From World Cup In India
Show Comments
Advertisement