The Supreme Court rejects the request that hockey be considered an Indian national game

Recall, in Tokyo 2020, the Indian men’s hockey team won a bronze medal, its first podium since the Moscow Olympics in 1980, while the women’s national team was missing bronze for a mustache and finished fourth.

The decision was made by a panel of the Supreme Court chaired by Judge Uday Umesha Lalita, and was also presided over by Judges S Ravindra Bhat and Bela M Trivedi.

Despite the court’s rejection of the request, the panel expressed its agreement and sympathy with the applicant, but also noted that they could not issue direct orders to the Government in this regard.

The petition recognized the fact that despite India being one of the game’s biggest dominators, it has not been able to win any Olympic recognition for more than 40 years.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited domestic season of Hockey India is set to resume in October this year after the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) halted the national calendar in March due to a second wave.

Although the relaunch of the domestic calendar following the euphoric success of Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was a top priority for hockey India, the Federation instructed host country units and participating teams to take strict precautions and implement all Covid protocols has established the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) and the governments of the respective states, as well as robust Hockey India guidelines for hosting domestic events.

The season will begin with the 1st Hockey India Sub Junior Men Academy National Championship 2021 to be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. This tournament will take place from October 4 to October 13, 2021.

Expressing excitement over the continuation of the Indian National Hockey Championship, President Gyanendro Ningombam said: “There is a lot of euphoria after the success of Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the Tokyo Olympics and we wanted to ensure that this excitement is transferred to the playing field. we are announcing the continuation of the domestic hockey calendar of India. We had to abruptly end in March this year due to an increase in cases across the country, but given things looking at the covid front, we felt it was safe to continue according to covid guidelines. “

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