New Delhi: The nationwide championships may have a brand new format from subsequent 12 months because the Hockey India has determined to restructure its home competitions with an intention to maximise athlete participation and develop the sport in states, union territories, institutional models and academies.
The choice was taken by the Hockey India (HI) Government Board not too long ago.
The occasions which shall be restructured are sub-junior, junior and senior nationwide championships for each women and men of HI’s registered state member models, Public Sector Items/Departmental Items and academy member models respectively.
Based on the restructured mannequin, a participant shall be eligible to characterize his or her crew in solely one of many occasions.
“Additional, an athlete will solely be allowed to take part in one of many age-group classes i.e. sub-junior or junior or senior to make sure extra athletes are given the chance to take part in India’s prime home occasions,” learn an HI assertion.
“As a part of the qualification course of for the state member models to take part within the Hockey India Nationwide Championships, it is going to be necessary for every state member to conduct their state degree championships in every class previous to the annual Nationwide Championships.”
HI president Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad stated the earlier system of internet hosting the nationwide championships in A and B division for numerous age-groups will now not exist.
“The earlier system of A and B division will now not prevail however as an alternative we’ve got categorised the annual Nationwide Championships the place all state members models will compete in sub-junior, junior and senior age-groups for women and men,” he stated.
“All PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) and departmental models will come beneath a separate class and compete amongst one another in junior and senior Class (women and men) and a 3rd class that’s completely for academy member models will compete within the sub-junior and junior Nationwide Championships (women and men).”
Ahmad stated the aim of the restructuring is to encourage extra states, union territories, institutional models and academy members to pursue hockey and develop gamers from their areas.
Event coverage and pointers will proceed to stay the identical and each nationwide championship occasion shall be performed on a league-cum-knock out foundation, with swimming pools relying on the ultimate numbers of groups collaborating.
The tournaments shall be performed as per the most recent Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) guidelines of the sport.