ice hockey

Where did field hockey originate?

Balbir SINGH DOSANJH. Among the world’s premier sports with an Olympic legacy and featuring blue riband events like the World Cup, Champions Trophy and FIH Pro League, field hockey traces its roots back to the 16th century. One of the most ancient games in the world — a crude form of the sport was played in Egypt some 4,000 years ago — …

How many goals did India score in hockey?

India played five matches, scoring 29 goals and conceding none, with Dhyan Chand scoring 14 of them. The hockey wizard became the cornerstone of the Indian hockey team as it won two more gold medals in 1932 and 1936, completing a hat-trick of Olympic hockey golds.

What year did the Indian women’s hockey team win gold?

The women’s Indian hockey team then went on to win gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, an edition where the men were unable to qualify. The women then won silver in the 2006 edition, as the men could only manage sixth place, and bronze at the 2006 Asian Games.

When was Dhyan Chand captain?

Dhyan Chand was made captain in 1936 in what would prove to be his final Olympic Games. Dhyan Chand (standing second from left) with the Indian hockey team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Photo: Olympic Archives.

When was the Indian Hockey Federation formed?

The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) was only formed in 1925, one year after the formation of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The IHF organised its first international tour in 1926 to New Zealand, where the Indian hockey men’s team played 21 matches and won 18. The tournament saw the emergence of a young Dhyan Chand, …

When did the Indian hockey team get its first Olympic medal?

The Indian Hockey Federation applied and earned an FIH membership in 1927, thus ensuring that the Indian hockey team would play its first Olympics in 1928 . It was the beginning of a legacy – decorated with eight gold medals – a record till today.

When did hockey become an Olympic sport?

After a rocky relationship with the Olympic Games until 1924 — hockey was only played in 1908 and 1920 and dropped for the other editions — the presence of a global sports body (FIH) ensured that hockey gained permanent Olympic status starting Amsterdam 1928.

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