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Hero FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022: a hockey festival in the Olympic Capital
Sports Bulletin Report Lausanne, Switzerland:- ‘Hero FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022’, the first-ever senior World Hockey5s event organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), will take place in less than one month, on 4 and 5 June 2022, in Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to a thrilling competition on the field of play with some of the powerhouses of international hockey (Women: Switzerland, India, Poland, South Africa and Uruguay; Men: Switzerland, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland), the event also aims at enabling everyone to discover and practice the sport, with an initiation offered to the public throughout both days! Furthermore, a DJ music programme will entertain fans during the whole event. And since hockey is a big family, even the players of the flagship ice hockey club of the Vaud city - the Lausanne Hockey Club (LHC) - will be there and will come to compete for an exhibition match at a local and international selection of (field) hockey players! Hockey5s is played with 5 athletes per team. It is particularly known for its non-stop action, since the ball is in play for about 90% of a match, thanks to perimeter boards placed against the outside of the side-lines and back-lines. There are usually more goals with Hockey5s than with the more traditional 11-a-side format of hockey, since players can score from anywhere in the attacking half. The match duration is shorter, with 2 halves of 10 minutes each. Hockey5s is played on a smaller pitch, which enables to bring hockey to people in new and unexpected venues, sometimes even in the heart of cities. Precisely, ‘Hero FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022’ will be staged on the Place de la Navigation, an iconic location near the Lac Léman bordering the Olympic Capital, where a 500-seat stadium will be built specifically for the occasion. FIH Global Supplier Polytan will deliver the first prototype non-watered turf for elite hockey. FIH CEO Thierry Weil stated: “We’re very much looking forward to this really exciting event in the Olympic capital! Beyond the competitive aspect, one major objective of this event is to promote - or even introduce - the intensity, speed, skills and fun of hockey to everyone, not only in the city but also worldwide thanks to Watch.Hockey and our broadcast partners. On behalf of FIH, I’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our partners, in particular our title sponsor Hero, as well as the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, for their great support. And I invite everyone to come and enjoy our sport!” Played in more than 70 countries around the world, Hockey5s was the most attended sport at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with no less than 200’000 spectators! In 2019, in order to further boost the development of hockey globally through Hockey5s, the FIH Executive Board decided to create an FIH Hockey5s World Cup - with the inaugural edition planned in 2024 in Oman - and, in the near future, a Hockey5s World Tour, which will consist of events similar to Lausanne’s.
Hockey Federation names 24 players for Training camp for Asia Cup
Sports Reporter LAHORE:-The Pakistan Hockey Federation has named the 40 players set-up national hockey training camp to prepare the squad for upcoming Asia Hockey Cup 2022. The camp will start from May 9 at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore. Federation has instructed the players to report to camp manager Olympian Khawaja Junaid on May 9. It is to be noted that the said National Training Camp is being held in connection with the preparations for Asia Cup Jakarta, Commonwealth Birmingham and Asian Games China.  Names of players: Abdullah Ishtiaq, Goalkeeper (Mari Petroleum), Akmal Hussain, Goalkeeper (WAPDA), Mubashir Ali (WAPDA), Emad Shakeel Butt (National Bank), Abu Bakar Mahmood. (National Bank), Mohammad Abdullah (Mari Petroleum), Mohammad Hammad Anjum (WAPDA), Arbaaz Ahmed (Mari Petroleum), Rizwan Ali (Pakistan Air Force), Abdul Manan (Sui Southern), Umar Bhatta (WAPDA), Rana Abdul Waheed (WAPDA) , Ghazanfar Ali (Mari Hetrolium), Mohammad Salman (WAPDA), Roman Khan (WAPDA), Moin Shakeel (WAPDA), Ali Shan (Sui Southern), Junaid Manzoor (National Bank), Ejaz Ahmed (WAPDA) Abdul Hanan Shahid (WAPDA) , Ahmed Nadeem (Mari Petroleum), Noheez Zahid (National Bank), Rana Sohail Riaz (Sui Southern) and Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Goalkeeper (Sui Southern) Names of officials: Olympian Khawaja Junaid (Camp Manager), Sigfried Ekman (Head Coach), Ajmal Khan Lodhi, Olympian Wasim Ahmed and Olympian Sameer Hussain( Assistant Coaches), Imran Shah and Imran Butt (Goal Keeping Coach), Nadeem Lodhi (Video Analyst), Adeel Akhtar and Mohammad Aslam (Physiotherapist)
Pakistan Hockey Federation invites 15-player for training camp
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has called 15-player to join the training camp aiming to prepare the national squad for forthcoming five-a-side hockey tournament that will be taken place in Switzerland. Tournament will start on June 4, 2022 in Lausanne, Switzerland. According to an official of PHF, all 15 selected players for the training camp have been instructed to report to head coach Olympian Rehan Butt at National Hockey Stadium Lahore by the afternoon of May 8. Olympian Waqas Sharif will be assistant coach. Pakistan team will leave on June 2 for Switzerland. Names of players: Mohammad Waqar (goalkeeper), Haider Manzoor (goalkeeper), Mohibullah Khan, Omar Mustafa, Mohammad Ehtesham, Hassan Amin, Aqeel Ahmed, Tazeem Al Hassan, Abdul Rehman, Murtaza Yaqoob, Mohammad Afraz, Arshad Liaqat,  Abuzar, Shahzeb Khan, Mohsin Hassan
Hosts Spain beat Pakistan 5-3 in field hockey
Sports Bulletin Report BARCELONA (Spain):-Spain defeated Pakistan 5-3 in the last fixture of the Europe tour of the Green Shirts and leveled the two-match series 1-1, as Pakistan had won the first match 4-1 that played at Barcelona, Spain. In the first half, Spain were leading 1-0. Later in the second half of the game, Mubashir Ali and Mohammad Rizwan scored one goal each with the help of a short corner for Pakistan while Rana Waheed scored a field goal. The Spanish team scored two more goals and defeated Pakistan by five goals to three.
Pakistan outclass Spain 4-1 in hockey contest
Sports Bulletin Report BARCELONA (Spain):-Pakistan national hockey team outclassed hosts Spain 4-1 in the first fixture of the 2 Test-Match Tie in Barcelona on Tuesday. It was the 5th match of Europe tour, as earlier Green Shirts encountered Netherlands and Belgium, the Pakistan hockey team played an excellent game with the Spanish hockey team and defeated them by four goals to one. Rizwan scored the first goal for Pakistan in the first quarter of the game through a short corner. Ijaz Ali scored the third field goal for Pakistan. At the end of the first half, Pakistan took a three-goal lead over Spain. In the fourth quarter of the second half, Pakistan's Roman scored the fourth goal. The Pakistan team is accompanied by Manager Olympian Khawaja Junaid, Head Coach Siegfried Ekman, Assistant Coach Olympian Wasim Ahmed, Drake Flicker Coach Richard Snatcher, Goalkeeper Coach Bob John Weldeff, Video Analyst Nadeem Lodhi. Pakistan will play the second match of the two-match series against Spain on May 4 in Barcelona.
Hero named title sponsor of FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022
Sports Bulletin Report Lausanne, Switzerland:-Hero (Hero MotoCorp), the world's largest manufacturer of two wheelers and a long-time partner of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and hockey in general, has been named title sponsor of the first-ever senior World Hockey5s event organised by FIH, which will take place on 4 and 5 June 2022, in Lausanne, Switzerland. ‘Hero FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022’ will combine a thrilling competition involving some of the powerhouses of international hockey (Women: Switzerland, India, Poland, South Africa and Uruguay; Men: Switzerland, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland) with an initiation to hockey offered to the public and a musical entertainment throughout both days. Bharatendu Kabi, Hero MotoCorp, said: “Hero MotoCorp has been one of the largest corporate promoters of sports across the world. In keeping with this commitment, we are glad to support Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) in staging the inaugural Hockey 5s, a brand-new format added to the sport of Hockey. As the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, Hero has always been at the forefront of sustainable technology and innovation. We congratulate FIH for introducing a new format with a fast-paced game that involves high levels of skill and aimed at further increasing the reach and popularity of the sport. With 5s, fans around the world will get to watch a great exhibition of hockey in action over the course of two days in Lausanne in the summer.” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “We’re delighted to have Hero as title sponsor of our inaugural Hockey5s international tournament in Lausanne. This demonstrates once more the deep commitment of Hero to be a leader in the development of hockey worldwide. FIH is determined to grow hockey globally and we’re convinced that Hockey5s has a great potential to contribute significantly to the fulfillment of this objective. It is therefore particularly encouraging to be supported in our vision by such a strong and faithful hockey partner. On behalf of FIH, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Hero.” In 2019, in order to further boost the development of hockey globally through Hockey5s, the FIH Executive Board decided to create an FIH Hockey5s World Cup - with the inaugural edition planned in 2024 in Oman - and, in the near future, a Hockey5s World Tour, which will consist of events similar to Lausanne’s.
Hockey: Hosts Belgium defeat Pakistan 5-1
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Hosts Belgium defeated Pakistan 5-1 in the 3rd fixture of the ongoing Europe tour. According to the details, during the tour of Europe, the Belgian hockey team defeated the Pakistan hockey team 5-1. Belgium scored one goal in the first quarter while in the second quarter Belgium scored the second goal and took a two goal lead in the match against zero. In the second quarter Pakistan played aggressively and unfortunately lost several chances. Rizwan scored first goal for Pakistan in the third quarter with the help of a short corner. Later, Belgium scored three consecutive goals to take a 5-1 lead and win the match. The national hockey team will have a practice session in Belgium on April 30 and will leave for Spain on May 1 to play a two-match series against the Spanish team. The national team will return home on May 5.
Pakistan beat Netherlands 5-3 in hockey
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan hockey team defeated hosts Netherlands 5-3 in their 1st match of Europe tour, as Rizwan was the star after scoring three goals to make a hat trick. According to the media department of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Green Shirts overcame Netherlands 5-3 in the first match on the tour of Europe. At the beginning of the game, Pakistan's Ijaz scored a goal to give his team 1-0 lead. Hosts Netherlands scored two goals in a row to take a one goal lead. The second match of Pakistan's tour of Europe will be played on April 27 against the Netherlands in Breda.
Pakistan Hockey Federation names 20-man squad for European tour
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The National Selection Committee (NSC) of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) named the 20-man squad for the upcoming Europe tour, as Umer Bhutta would be the skipper of national Pakistan hockey team. According to an official of PHF, the team will be headed by Umar Bhutta, whereas Ali Shan will vice-captain. The duties of goalkeepers will be performed by Mohammad Akmal and Abdullah Ishtiaq. For the tour, the other players comprised Mubashir Ali, Amad Shakeel Butt, Abubakar Mahmood, Mohammad Abdullah, Moin Shakeel, Umar Bhutta, Ali Shan, Rana Abdul Waheed, Ghazanfar Ali and Ajaz Ahmad. Besides this, Hammad Anjum, Junaid Manzoor, Salman Raziq, Roman Khan, Abdul Hannan Shahid, Abdul Mannan, Arbaz Ali and Rizwan Ali are also part of the team for the European tour. Olympian Khawaja Junaid will be the team manager, while Siegfried Aikman will be the head coach. The national hockey team will be headed to Holland and will play one match each with Holland and Belgium, respectively. The team will also take on the Belgium hockey team in three matches.
Qualification pathway approved for Paris 2024
Raja Hafeez Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the qualification pathway for the Paris 2024 Olympic hockey tournaments, as submitted by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The qualification process per gender will be as follows: Host Nation: 1 team (on the basis that both teams – Men and Women - have satisfied the FIH criteria of achieving a ranking of 25 or better in the FIH World Rankings since the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which is the case for both French teams) Continental Qualifications: 5 teams The winning team of each of the following continental competitions will qualify: African Hockey Road to Paris 2023 Pan American Games 2023 Asian Games 2022 EuroHockey Championship 2023 Oceania Cup 2023 FIH Hockey Olympic Qualification Tournaments: 6 teams There will be 2 FIH Hockey Olympic Qualification tournaments, consisting of 8 teams each (16 teams in total), held in early 2024. The number of teams from each Continent participating in these tournaments will be based on Continental quotas, which will be determined according to the FIH World Rankings on 31 January 2023. The teams filling each quota, and therefore invited to participate, will be based on performance at the Continental Championships. The top 3 teams in each of these tournaments will qualify. FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “On behalf of FIH, I’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the IOC for having approved the qualification pathway that we suggested. This will provide for absolutely thrilling matches all over the world, which is wonderful for athletes and fans alike”.