The Second National Men's Senior Hockey championship started on September 23 in Bangalore. It is time for new talent to be spotted and be groomed for the national team, which is in deep crisis.
THE INDIAN team has been going down the barrel and the game needs a serious facelift, if the game needs to find a firm footing in the Indian sports
has been doing well enough in other sports, such as badminton, Lawn Tennis, shooting etc but it is our Indian hockey team that has been putting a series of unimpressive performances, hence hockey fans are slowly losing their interest as well.
In such situation, the second National Men's Hockey championship is going to play an important role in bringing back fans as well. The tournament, which started from yesterday is expected to finish in the next 10 days or so. There are a total of 36 teams participating in the competition, which includes 5 institutional teams and 31 state teams. These teams have been divided into eight pools, where the team which tops the group would reach the last eight of the tournament to play in the knock out stage. Haryana is the defending champion.
After the pathetic display by the Indian team in the London Olympics, things do not look very promising. But, it is such kind of tournaments, which the players need to take seriously for young talent can be spotted and they could as well be groomed as a future prospect. May be it is for the same reason that some selectors are also expected to come over to watch the championship.
Though, there is no dearth of hockey players in India, but somehow they have not been able to impress at the international level, when they have to play against teams such as Australia, Netherlands etc. Indian hockey fans would expect some new players to come up through this championship and represent India at the international level.