Free Press Journal
  • Kalmadi impact: Batra quits IOA post in protest

    New Delhi : Senior functionary Narinder Batra on Friday resigned as the associate vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association as a mark of protest against the IOA for not taking back its decision to appoint scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as honorary life presidents.

  • Batra becomes first non-European President of FIH

    Dubai : India’s Narinder Batra on Saturday became the first non-European President of the International Hockey Federation after he was elected to the top post by an overwhelming margin during the penultimate day of the 45th FIH Congress, here.

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    Sardar rested, Sreejesh to lead India in Champions Trophy

    New Delhi: The selection committee of the Indian men’s hockey team decided to rest skipper Sardar Singh and ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh from the 18-member national squad led by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, that will take part in the FIH Champions Trophy in London from June 10-17.

  • HI supremo Batra blasts BCCI for Indo-Pak cricket revival

    “I  t is all about money, but in times like these you have to rise above monetary gains. We all know Hockey India needs more money than BCCI, but we trashed the MoU with Pakistan dating back to 2012 in the wake of cross-border terrorism.”

  • Batra rules out Pakistan players participatin in HIL

    New Delhi: Hockey India president Narinder Batra today ruled out Pakistani players participation in future editions of Hockey India League (HIL), saying they will not be considered until they apologise for their “unacceptable behaviour” during last year’s Champions Trophy. Still awaiting an apology from Pakistan over its players’ behaviour in the Champions Trophy, Batra, who is also the chairman of HIL, today said he would love to have players from the neighbouring country

  • Systematic failure behind India hockey slump: Walsh

    New Delhi :  Paul van Ass’ unceremonious sacking and frequent change of coaches is “potentially destabilising Indian hockey” but the country has just enough time to prepare and train itself for an “outstanding performance” in Rio Olympics, feels former coach Terry Walsh.

  • Oltmans appointed India hockey coach till Olympics

    New Delhi :  High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans was appointed coach of the Indian hockey team, replacing Paul van Ass, who was sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India President Narinder Batra.

  • ‘No regrets over sacking incompetent Van Ass’

    New Delhi :  Hockey India chief Narinder Batra conceded that the premature exit of Paul van Ass was a setback to the national team’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics but made it clear that he had no regrets for letting go of “an incompetent coach”.

  • Van Ass set to be shown the door

    New Delhi :  India’s hockey coach Paul van Ass is all set to be formally sacked following his bitter public spat with Hockey Indian President Narinder Batra after a special committee recommended his removal from the post.

  • Willing to return but want no interference: Van Ass

    New Delhi :  India’s hockey chief coach Paul van Ass, who claims he has been fired from the job following an altercation with federation president Narinder Batra, said he is willing to resume his duties provided there is no “interference” in his work.

  • Paul Van Ass not a good coach: Hockey India prez

    New Delhi :  A day after India’s hockey coach Paul van Ass claimed that he has been fired from the job, Hockey India (HI) President Narinder Batra hit back at the Dutchman, saying that he was not a “good coach” and his fate would be decided by a special committee on Friday.

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    Will Hockey India kick its own ‘Ass’?

    Cloud of uncertainty over men’s hockey team chief coach, Paul van Ass, leaving 2016 Rio Olympic preparations in jeopardy .

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    I am fired as Indian hockey coach, claims Paul Van Ass

    New Delhi: Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Paul van Ass today claimed that he has been fired by Hockey India following his alleged public altercation with federation president Narinder Batra. “As far I know I was fired one week after the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Antwerp, Belgium. Roelant Oltmans (High Performance Director) was asked to replace me,” Van Ass told PTI from The Netherlands.

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    Hockey India to evaluate teams’ performances

    New Delhi: As part of its preparation for the 2016 Olympics, Hockey India (HI) will evaluate the performance of the national teams in the recently held Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals in Antwerp.

  • New rules in Hockey India League

    New Delhi : The six existing franchisees of the Hockey India League (HIL) can retain upto three domestic and as many international players from the fourth edition of the tournament to be held next year, the organisers said on Monday.

  • IOA prez dismisses demand for SGM

    New Delhi :  Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran dismissed Narinder Batra’s claim of having requisite support to bring a no confidence motion against him, saying that the Hockey India boss does not even have enough backers to call a Special General Meeting to propose the move.

  • N Ramachandran dismisses Narinder Batra’s demand to call SGM

    New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran today dismissed Narinder Batra’s claim of having requisite support to bring a no confidence motion against him, saying that the Hockey India boss does not even have enough backers to call a Special General Meeting to propose the move.

  • IOA chief N Ramachandran slaps Narinder Batra with defamation notice

    New Delhi :  Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran has slapped a defamation notice on Narinder Batra, demanding Rs 10 crore for allegedly damaging his reputation by his bribery allegations even as the Hockey India President dared the IOA boss to sue him in a court of law.