Developing hockey at grass roots; marketing of game stressed upon

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Mumbai, Sep 10 (UNI) The need for developing Hockey at grass-root levels and reviving and marketing of Indian Hockey were stressed upon in a series of brain-storming and inspirational sessions at the Aamby Valley City, near here.

These sessions comprised part of a seminar on ''Future Goal of Indian Hockey'', organised by Bengal Hockey Association at the Aamby Valley yesterday.

Delegates and Olympians from more than 30 hockey associations of the country participated in the seminar and expressed their views in developing Indian Hockey and resurrecting its lost stature in the world of sports.

Most of the delegates, who attended the seminar, also stressed need for early elections to the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to streamline and get back the glorious days of Indian hockey.

Addressing the seminar, Suresh Kalmadi, President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) emphasized the need for the IHF to be run by a professional chief executive officer, to enhance the overall performance of the federation.

He said, ''I am concerned with the present state of affairs of Indian Hockey but the learnings from this seminar will certainly help in providing a highly successful and glorious dimension to the game in the coming days.'' Discussing the present state of Indian Hockey and the future ahead, J B Roy, President, Bengal Hockey Association said, ''Utilising the platform provided by this seminar, if all the 41 associations of Hockey in India work together, we can take Indian Hockey to greater heights in the near future.'' Elaborating his plans further, Mr Roy emphasized the need for an adequate international exposure for the players and a special attention on their fitness to help resurrect the national game.

The seminar concluded with representatives from 32 different Hockey Associations expressing their desire to elect Mr Roy as their leader to talk to IOA for all further discussions, to which he complied.

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