The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports declared Hockey India as the sole body responsible and accountable for the overall management, direction, control, regulation, promotion and development of the sports discipline in India.
Hockey India will have to follow the guidelines of the Government and National Sports Development Code to get assistance and continued recognition.
How Hockey India got National Sports Federation (NSF) status?
To be recognized as a National Sports Federation, any institution or body needs to be recognized by its international body.
- Hockey India’s recognition was mandatory by International Hockey Federation (FIH), as well as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
- Since 2009, HI has fulfilled both the criteria as the FIH, Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and IOA have considered it as the sole body responsible for the governance of the game in India.
- Since 2012, HI and FIH have jointly organized major tournaments viz. the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, FIH World League Round 2, FIH Junior Men World Cup and FIH World League Round Final in India.
- HI has also been conducting nationals in all the categories since 2011.
Note: Earlier, the Sports Ministry had derecognized it for not adhering to government guidelines.
Indian shuttler, Arvind Bhat (34) defeated Denmark’s World No. 25 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to clinch the men’s singles title of the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold. This is the first time an Indian has won a German Open title in any category. ( Indian chief national coach Pullela Gopichand had reached the final way back in 1999.)
About Arvind Bhat
Badminton player from Bangalore.
World Ranking: 87.
Coach: Prakash Padukone.
Won six International titles viz.e Scottish Open 2004, Syria International 2007, Czech International 2007, etc.
Participated in the 2010 Asian games in Guanzhou, China and was in the Indian team for Sudirman Cup 2011.
Winners of the Mexican Open 2014
- Men’s singles: Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria defeated South African Kevin Anderson by 7-6(7-1), 3-6, 7-6(7-5).
- Women’s singles: Slovakia Dominika Cibulková beat American Christina McHale by 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–4.
- Men’s doubles: South African Kevin Anderson and Australian Matthew Ebden beat Feliciano López (Spain) and Max Mirnyi (Belarus) by 6-3, 6-3.
- Women’s doubles: Kristina Mladenovic (France) and Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) beat CzechRepublic players Petra Cetkovská and Iveta Melzer by 6–3, 2–6.
Roger Federer won the Singles title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship after defeating Tomas Berdych by 3-6, 6-4, and 6-3 in the final. This is the sixth title for Roger Federer in Dubai and also the 78th career title.
Note: Indo Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aihsan ul Haq Qureshi bagged the doubles title by defeating Daniel Nestor and N. Zimonjic by 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.