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Hockey India pushes for reduction in match duration

05, Jun 2014 By jaspreetnagi15

After the recent disappointment in the ongoing Hockey World Cup for Team India, the apex body of the Indian Hockey has asked for reforms aiming to make Hockey more India friendly.

Good move?
Good move?

Indian team is notorious for losing matches by conceding goals in the dying minutes. Also seen in this World Cup, Indian team conceded last minute goals against Belgium and England which can cost them their chances of qualifying into knock-out stage .

Hockey India wants the International Hockey Federation to reduce the Second Half match timing by as much as 60 seconds. Hockey India has approached the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports to lobby for them to bring into effect the new rule.

Sources have told that the minister has written a letter to the IHF president requesting to keep the match duration for 70 minutes on paper but blow the whistle on the 69th minute. He cited that it will help Indian players to overcome the psychological barrier of conceding last minute goals.

Many retired players and fans have welcomed this move and expect a better performance by team India in the coming CWG if this rule is brought into force. Meanwhile the European teams have opposed the move stating that it will make hockey more India friendly as they wont stand a chance to defeat India by scoring those last minute goals.

Team captain Sardar Singh is elated with the swiftness of the decision made by the HI and the government. He hopes that with the new rule India would rule the game for the coming years. He strongly asserts that for Indian Hockey ” ACCHE DIN AANE WAALE HAIN”.