* Our Hockey - Binny Singh

Binny Singh

Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don't compare yourself with others. Galatians 6:4 (Bible)

Binny Singh

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It was an ecstatic moment for hockey lovers like me over the weekend, when the Indian hockey team broke the 13 year long spell and won their fourth Azlan Shah Cup Hockey tournament. The boys defeated hosts Malaysia 3-1 in the final of the five-nation tournament on Sunday :D. It was such an unbelievable moment . Our very own captain Sandeep Singh was declared player of the tournament. What a great show put up by the boys or so I READ! Yes you got it right...hockey lovers all over the country could only read about this huge win in the newspapers or on websites. It is so sad that there was no telecast of our “official” national sport. Just imagine this is our national game that we are talking about here. It is pathetic that a fairly big hockey tournament doesn't get any airtime even on our national television network while the smallest of state level cricket matches are telecast regularly. It is painfully disturbing to see that our very own national game gets no encouragement from anywhere.

I am most certain that many of us don't know that Hockey was introduced in India by British Army regiments. The first hockey club in India came up in Calcutta in 1885-86 and soon Bombay and Punjab followed and also formed their hockey clubs. India made its Olympic debut at the 1928 Amsterdam Games and the Indian hockey team cruised home to its first Olympic gold without conceding a single goal. From 1928 to 1956, the Indian hockey team won six straight Olympic gold medals while winning 24 consecutive matches. This was the golden era of Indian hockey when India emerged with great stature in world hockey and produced some of the finest players the game has ever seen.

We must ask ourselves why hockey is becoming a forgotten sport in our country.Why are we letting politics in a sports body ruin the glory of the game? I guess it's high time we start respecting and asking questions about our national sport. I am not against any other sport but I really do think that all sports should be treated equally. What do you think?? Do write to me if you share my sentiment on this. I hope u agree with me :)

1 comment:

Blessy said...

I agree with ur views on Indian hockey..
I appreciate our Indian hockey players who add laurels to our country even if they are not recognized..

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