30 national teams will meet in Pune at India’s 11th National Senior Hockey Championship

Although six cases of Omircron were discovered in Pimpri-Chinchwad on Sunday, the industrial city is preparing to host a national hockey tournament this week.
As many as 30 countries will be vying for national recognition at the 11th National Senior Hockey Championship of India which will start on December 11 at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium in Nehrunagar-Pimpri.

About 600 members from 30 national teams will start arriving next week and all will be required to undergo RT-PCR tests due to the risk of Omicron variant of Covid-19. Organizers said the stadium, often criticized for poor maintenance, has been renovated and is suitable for hosting a national tournament.

The ten-day event will be hosted by Hockey Maharashtra and co-hosted by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Police.

Hockey Maharashtra officials said each team will have 20 members, and even if they possess RT-PCR test reports, most will have to retake the tests upon arrival.

“The state government has committed that an individual arriving in Maharashtra must have a negative RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hours of arrival. Most teams travel from other countries. It will take them two or three days to arrive. This means that if they have passed the test in their country, they will have to pass another test upon arrival, ”said M Bhore, Honorary Secretary, Maharashtra Hockey. PCMC and Dr DY Patil Hospital have agreed to conduct the tests, he added.

Both the PCMC and police said state approval was not required to hold the event. “The government has not banned any sports activity. Therefore, there is no need for a special permit, ”said Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash. “We will be vigilant because things are changing every day given Omikron’s threat,” said Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil.

As for viewers, Bhore said they are waiting for government guidance. “We agreed to bring schoolchildren to watch the matches. The guidelines are expected to be received by Monday, ”he said.

On the facilities and condition of the stadium carpet with polygrass, Bhore said: “PCMC has put in a new mat and also improved the facilities at the stadium. We have no complaints about the condition of the stadium. ” In the past, the PCMC has been criticized for poor maintenance and the maintenance of the stadium where rats once chewed the mat.

Sushma Shinde, who heads the sports department of PCMC, said: “We have spent over Rs 4 million to install all the necessary facilities and improve the existing ones. The stadium is suitable for hosting a national tournament. ”

Stating that the stadium has undergone drastic changes, Patil said: “It is a privilege to host the Blue Ribbon Tournament, which over the years has proven to be a platform for many stars who have continued to represent and make India proud on various levels. As far as the PCMC is concerned, we have not left a single stone unturned for Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium to become a match that matches the best in India. ”

Patil added: “When he approached PCMC to host the championship, we decided to continue with the goal of presenting our facilities and encouraging the sport. The stadium has undergone major renovations, including a quiet blue field approved by the FIH and improvised infrastructure in line with international standards. We have taken on the task of leaving behind a legacy that can be further developed into a world-class building over the years. ”

Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane said: “All the facilities at the stadium are improving. We are in the final phase of renovating the stadium. All this is done according to the norms of Hockey India. In fact, Hockey India officials visited the stadium themselves and inspected it before acknowledging the organization of the national tournament. ”

Hockey Maharashtra said this time, the Nationals will follow a new format according to the decision of the national body in which only state units will be seen in action. “Previously, institutional units were also part of an event played as one combined championship, and later the format was changed to two-tier with Divisions A and B,” Bhore said.

Krishna Prakash, IPS, President, Organizing Committee and Associate Vice President, Hockey Maharashtra, said “I am honored to take responsibility to give my share to a sport that has elicited a smile from millions for its exploits over the years. Being an athlete, the position entrusted to me by Hockey Maharashtra I grabbed with open arms to connect with a sport that has a golden history in India. ”

For Hockey Maharashtra, this will be the 10th time they will host a national championship. Among the many hosts so far, the 2021 National Senior Championships will be the third ever. Previously, Pune hosted the 3rd and 5th editions in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Manish Anand, vice president, Hockey Maharashtra, said: “Hockey Maharashtra has always been ready to host competitions at the national level. The interest of people who love hockey was great, which gives us motivation and encouragement to host the best. “

The championship will be played on a cum nock-out basis, with 30 teams divided into eight groups of four teams each, of which two groups – A and B – make up three teams each. The best in the group will advance to the knockout round, which is the quarterfinals by the way. Over 50 matches will be shown in the 10-day championship.

Bhore added: “The national team will be exciting this time, thanks to a new format adopted by Hockey India. Surely the competition will be even because only countries are participating. ”

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As many as 30 countries will be vying for national recognition at the 11th National Senior Hockey Championship of India which will start on December 11 at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium in Nehrunagar-Pimpri.

About 600 members of 30 national teams will begin arriving from next week and all will be required to undergo RT-PCR tests given the threat posed by the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Organizers said the stadium, often criticized for poor maintenance, was renovated and suitable for hosting a national tournament.

The ten-day event will be hosted by Hockey Maharashtra and co-hosted by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Police.
Hockey Maharashtra officials said each team will have 20 members, and even if they possess RT-PCR test reports, most will have to retake the tests upon arrival.

“The state government has committed that an individual arriving in Maharashtra must have a negative RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hours of arrival. Most teams travel from other countries. It will take them two or three days to arrive. This means that if they have passed the test in their country, they will have to pass another test upon arrival, ”said M Bhore, Honorary Secretary, Maharashtra Hockey. PCMC and Dr DY Patil Hospital have agreed to conduct the tests, he added.

Both the PCMC and police said state approval was not required to hold the event. “The government has not banned any sports activity. Therefore, there is no need for a special permit, ”said Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash. “We will be vigilant because things are changing every day given Omikron’s threat,” said Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil.

As for viewers, Bhore said they are waiting for government guidance. “We agreed to bring schoolchildren to watch the matches. The guidelines are expected to be received by Monday, ”he said.

On the facilities and condition of the stadium carpet with polygrass, Bhore said: “PCMC has put in a new mat and also improved the facilities at the stadium. We have no complaints about the condition of the stadium. ” In the past, the PCMC has been criticized for poor maintenance and the maintenance of the stadium where rats once chewed the mat.

Sushma Shinde, who heads the sports department of PCMC, said: “We have spent over Rs 4 million to install all the necessary facilities and improve the existing ones. The stadium is suitable for hosting a national tournament. ”

Stating that the stadium has undergone drastic changes, Patil said: “It is a privilege to host the Blue Ribbon Tournament, which over the years has proven to be a platform for many stars who have continued to represent and make India proud on various levels. As far as the PCMC is concerned, we have not left a single stone unturned for Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium to become a match that matches the best in India. ”

Patil added: “When he approached PCMC to host the championship, we decided to continue with the goal of presenting our facilities and encouraging the sport. The stadium has undergone major renovations, including a quiet blue field approved by the FIH and improvised infrastructure in line with international standards. We have taken on the task of leaving behind a legacy that can be further developed into a world-class building over the years. ”

Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane said: “All the facilities at the stadium are improving. We are in the final phase of renovating the stadium. All this is done according to the norms of Hockey India. In fact, Hockey India officials visited the stadium themselves and inspected it before acknowledging the organization of the national tournament. ”

Hockey Maharashtra said this time, the Nationals will follow a new format according to the decision of the national body in which only state units will be seen in action. “Previously, institutional units were also part of an event played as one combined championship, and later the format was changed to two-tier with Divisions A and B,” Bhore said.

Krishna Prakash, IPS, President, Organizing Committee and Associate Vice President, Hockey Maharashtra, said “I am honored to take responsibility to give my share to a sport that has elicited a smile from millions for its exploits over the years. Being an athlete, the position entrusted to me by Hockey Maharashtra I grabbed with open arms to connect with a sport that has a golden history in India. ”

For Hockey Maharashtra, this will be the 10th time they will host a national championship. Among the many hosts so far, the 2021 National Senior Championships will be the third ever. Previously, Pune hosted the 3rd and 5th editions in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Manish Anand, vice president, Hockey Maharashtra, said: “Hockey Maharashtra has always been ready to host competitions at the national level. The interest of people who love hockey was great, which gives us motivation and encouragement to host the best. “

The championship will be played on a cum nock-out basis, with 30 teams divided into eight groups of four teams each, of which two groups – A and B – make up three teams each. The best in the group will advance to the knockout round, which is the quarterfinals by the way. Over 50 matches will be shown in the 10-day championship.

Bhore added: “The national team will be exciting this time, thanks to a new format adopted by Hockey India. Surely the competition will be even because only countries are participating. ”

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