– Jury recognizes the outstanding performance of Hockey India in elevating the sport stature
New Delhi, 10 March 2015: In recognition of the astounding work done to promote the sport, Major Dhyan Chand Sports Awards Committee (MDCSA) today conferred the ‘Best National Sports Federation’ award to Hockey India. Major Dhyan Chand Award is given to sports personalities and organizations for their efforts and team work in building the sport in the country.
MDCSA Committee engaged an esteemed jury from the corporate, nonprofit, consulting, media, sports, education and academic communities to bring their significant expertise to the Excellence Awards selection process. The members of the committee this year included prominent names including Ms. Sunita Godara, Asian Marathon Winner, Mr Mukesh Gahlot, Mr. World in Power Lifting & Mr. Asia in Body Building, Mr Piyush Jain, Sec. Gen. Physical Education Foundation of India, Mr Shahnawazul Islam, Scientist, PUSA, Mr Ashok Dhyanchand and Mr Zafar Iqbal, Former Indian Professional Field Hockey Players and Dr Suniender Kr Bhandoria, Asst Director of Education, Delhi. The Awards recognize not only superior athletic skills, but also leadership, academic excellence, and eagerness to participate in community service.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “It is a moment of pride for everyone at Hockey India today. I feel content with this prestigious award being bestowed upon us by the Awards Committee. It is recognition of our efforts towards building the sport.”
“Hockey India will continue to create opportunities for enhancing the stature of Hockey in the country. We are committed to identify and nurture talent that will bring name, fame and glory to the nation in times to come,” Mr Ahmad added.
Hockey India has consistently been aggressive in promoting hockey as a sport not only nationally but also on international arena. For the first time six major international tournaments were organized in India under the aegis of Hockey India over the last 3 years. It not only gave extensive exposure to Indian Hockey Team to play against the players from other countries, but it also helped showcase the state of the art infrastructure that has been built within the country to match international standards.
Hockey India has been nurturing talent at the grass root level through various initiatives spread during the year. Many budding sportsmen have benefitted from such efforts and are now part of the national team of India. Hockey India League which has recently concluded its third successful season is a testimony of this initiative.
Hockey India has created an online training platform for academies and individual players to learn from national and international coaches of repute. This is the first time such an initiative been taken to provide world class training at grass root level.
Hockey India has also taken many other initiatives to motivate the young players. It has recently announced its own set of Annual Awards recognising individual contribution by the players in each year. A robust calendar of tournaments is already in place to provide international exposure to the team as a build up to the upcoming Olympics.