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The Hockey Insider: Indian domination of FIH looks set to continue as Narinder Batra's opponents yield ground
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The Hockey Insider: Indian domination of FIH looks set to continue as Narinder Batra's opponents yield ground

Incumbent FIH President Narinder Batra is in pole position to become the chief of the international hockey federation for another term as his detractors, primarily from Europe, are in complete disarray, reports The Hockey Insider.

The Hockey Insider: FIH Junior World Cup for men could be next significant event allocated to India; Chhattisgarh could play host
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The Hockey Insider: FIH Junior World Cup for men could be next significant event allocated to India; Chhattisgarh could play host

The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is eager to attract top-class international events and the opportunity seems to have arisen as the FIH goes out eliciting bids for the next Junior World Cup for men.

The Hockey Insider: Nervous anxiety across hockey world as FIH Pro League’s critical season gets going
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The Hockey Insider: Nervous anxiety across hockey world as FIH Pro League’s critical season gets going

The finance guys across several leading hockey-playing nations are pensively doing the sums, seeking ways to cut costs and reduce the outgo of hard-earned money as the FIH Pro League gets into the swing for its critical make-or-break season.

The Hockey Insider: Multi-million price tags again driving hockey World Cup to Bhubaneswar
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The Hockey Insider: Multi-million price tags again driving hockey World Cup to Bhubaneswar

Hockey India had pledged a guarantee of 3.5 million Swiss Francs to clinch the improbable deal. Never before in the last five-decades had FIH sanctioned back-to-back World Cups to same country.

The Hockey Insider: India’s multi-million offer to host World Cup causes turbulence among bidders
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The Hockey Insider: India’s multi-million offer to host World Cup causes turbulence among bidders

The few nations still eager to host the event have been rattled by India’s return to the bidding contest after already staging two hockey World Cups in the space of 12 years.

The Hockey Insider: India aiming to bid for 2022 World Cup after successfully hosting 2018 edition in Bhubaneswar
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The Hockey Insider: India aiming to bid for 2022 World Cup after successfully hosting 2018 edition in Bhubaneswar

Working at a hectic pace to submit a bid for the 2022 men's World Cup, India has caused a flutter in hockey circles by seeking to host back-to-back World Cups.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Quit or be sacked are Harendra Singh’s choices as Hockey India begins search for foreign coach
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Quit or be sacked are Harendra Singh’s choices as Hockey India begins search for foreign coach

The search for a “quality foreign coach” to replace Harendra Singh is in the initial stages. Preliminary inquiries were underway even as the top bosses of Hockey India were busy with the World Cup final.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Wisdom, finally, dawns on hockey’s governing body!
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Wisdom, finally, dawns on hockey’s governing body!

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. Two years of futile search for title sponsors for the proposed global elite nations’ league has brought wisdom to the International Hockey Federation, writes The Hockey Insider

Hockey World Cup 2018: With India's records at past tournaments missing, FIH displays its indifference towards history of sport
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Hockey World Cup 2018: With India's records at past tournaments missing, FIH displays its indifference towards history of sport

In disseminating the records of the hockey World Cup tournaments of the past — just 13 tournaments since the inaugural edition in 1971 — FIH seem to prefer fiction to fact.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Is the dice loaded against 'star' coaches when they join Asian teams?
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Is the dice loaded against 'star' coaches when they join Asian teams?

Despite the abundance of talent in Asia from which they feel privileged to pick their hockey squads, these star coaches often find the going tough once in the hot seat. That is the growing impression, so much so that some Asian teams now think twice before hiring these star coaches.

World Cup 2018: In lop-sided world of hockey, professionalism reigns in Europe while it's a poor man's game in third-world nations
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World Cup 2018: In lop-sided world of hockey, professionalism reigns in Europe while it's a poor man's game in third-world nations

Hockey is a rich man’s game in Europe, an amateur sport in the Americas and Southern Africa and a poor-man’s sport in the third world countries.

The Champions Trophy saga shows International Hockey Federation cares two hoots for history and legacy
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The Champions Trophy saga shows International Hockey Federation cares two hoots for history and legacy

Hockey, perhaps, needs some visionary to keep the Champions Trophy going. It could be the hockey’s insurance as it embarks on an uncertain journey.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Indian hockey’s High Performance Director David John living on borrowed time
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Indian hockey’s High Performance Director David John living on borrowed time

Hockey India’s self-styled team supremo David John seems to be living on borrowed time and has reportedly been directed to stay away from the Indian team during the ongoing World Cup.

Hockey World Cup 2018: At ‘yawning’ edition of showpiece event stretching for three weeks, a battle of wits for coaches
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Hockey World Cup 2018: At ‘yawning’ edition of showpiece event stretching for three weeks, a battle of wits for coaches

Peak athleticism will not be a yardstick in the tournament due to the event being stretched to three weeks, writes The Hockey Insider

Hockey World Cup 2018: Behind China's rise, a South Korean coach groomed by an Indian at NIS Patiala
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Behind China's rise, a South Korean coach groomed by an Indian at NIS Patiala

In his decade-long stint in China, Kim Sang-Ryul has already made a mark, writes The Hockey Insider

Hockey World Cup 2018: Hasan Sardar lays down the law on players' behaviour even as Pakistan feel hassled by security detail
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Hasan Sardar lays down the law on players' behaviour even as Pakistan feel hassled by security detail

Going into the World Cup, the team management, headed by former Pakistan captain Hasan Sardar, has drawn a strict line against poor on-field behaviour for this squad.

Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh's head is on the chopping block; Indian coaches have always been disposable
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh's head is on the chopping block; Indian coaches have always been disposable

Nearly a decade after India put their faith in foreign coaches, and gave them leeway even after disastrous World Cup outings in 2010 and 2014, nothing seems to have changed for the coaches carrying Indian passports, writes The Hockey Insider