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Indian Hockey-Reality bites ?

Posted by alokedeep on March 12, 2008

Reality, as wikipedia defines is “the state of things as they actually exist “

In the case of Indian hockey, didn’t we know the state of affairs for so many years ? So why did we need a defeat from Great Britain in the final of the Olympic qualifiers at Santiago,Chile to digest the bitter truth when it has been written all over for so many years. After all we have not managed an Olympic medal post the 1972 games with the exception of Moscow Olympics in 1980 where we won the Gold medal,when there were no participants from the European power houses like Germany,Holland and Great Britain.

This actually means that the fact the standard of our game had gone down-was something known to the country and the federation for over 35 years.But living in a make believe world it has taken us so much time to realize that the Europeans and even countries like Korea have left us far behind in a game which we were eight time Olympic champions.The fact that our tradional rivals Pakistan has made it to the Beijing Olympics hurts us even more.The alarm bells were ringing always when we were landing sixth,seventh or maybe even twelfth positions at international tournaments -but we chose to ignore them, so why so much hue & cry now with the media writing articles on “Indian hockey falls from grace

 Do we expect things to change now ? It still remains to seen, the usual blame game and resignations cycle has started.Isn’t it time when we came out of past historical records,allocades to bring in a change ?

A change which is dynamic and real and makes our hockey team fight and win the game on the field to reclaim their glory and respect or we keep living in our celluloid/make believe world where movies like Chak de show us winning world championships in penalty shoot-outs ! !


2 Responses to “Indian Hockey-Reality bites ?”

  1. Sachin said

    Hockey has changed, all the gold medals we won on grass, today hockey is played on Astroturf. Since the introduction of AT. we haven’t even manage to reach the semi-finals of an international hockey tournament. U are right when u say that the Indian hockey has been going down hill for a long time now, But i guess this Olympic loss can act as a tipping point in Indian hockey & result in sweeping changes in the way we played our hockey and administrated it…..

  2. alokedeep said

    You are absolutely right & I hope that this Olympic qualifier loss just does that.

    But there are more reasons to this than just the shift to Astroturf-which are responsible for this state of our National game.It pains me even more as I have been a third generation hockey player myself.

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