Coronavirus Outbreak: Hockey India launches online interactive sessions for umpires and technical officials
Hockey India is carrying out the sessions across six WhatsApp groups, three for technical officials and three for umpires
New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Monday announced the launch of online interactive sessions for its umpires and technical officials to update them of the latest game rules and improve their fitness levels.
Hockey India is carrying out the sessions across six WhatsApp groups, three for technical officials and three for umpires.
Over 100 registered officials are taking part in the initiative six days a week, HI said in a press release.
Experienced tournament directors and umpire managers who are conducting the sessions include Moghul Mohammed Muneer, Claudius de Sales and HS Sokhi.
To make best use of the #lockdown period, Hockey India has introduced an easier way to keep the Technical Officials and Umpires up to speed.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 20, 2020
GS Sangha, Javed Shaikh and G Harsha Vardhan are conducting the sessions for umpires.
Through the interactive sessions, the officials will be improving their knowledge of FIH rules and regulations and will have the opportunity to clear any queries or doubts.
"Officials are as important as players in any sport and we believe that during this lockdown period, that officials can further improve their knowledge of FIH Rules and Regulations and raise the level of officiating," said Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, President of Hockey India.
In the umpires groups, the officials will share their daily fitness activities and training regimes.
Hockey India has also suggested a few training options and the officials can find a suitable regime to maintain their fitness and flexibility.
A total of 30 Hockey India Member Units are also conducting these sessions across their respective regions.
Over 1100 officials are taking part over 70 WhatsApp groups formed by the various Member Units.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists India, who are currently world No. 5 in the FIH rankings, are clubbed alongside England (6), Spain (8) and World Cup debutants Wales (16) in pool D.
Lalit Upadhyay believes that the team has developed significantly after the loss at the last Hockey World Cup and they are a serious contender for next year's event.
Nilakanta Sharma said that the aim at the Hockey World Cup is to get a medal irrespective of anything else.