Discuss Issues Relating Revival of Hockey with RMS Chhina
Hockey Wings to be set up at School/Colleges to give Boost to National Game
World renowned sportsman and a known name in the field of sports administration Rajinder Singh, who has taken over as new President of Hockey India Federation (HIF) recently today visited historic Khalsa College. He discussed about contribution of the College and Punjab state in the game of hockey in the past and how can such big institutions help in providing new impetus to the game.
'Khalsa College has given hockey Olympians to the nation including legendary Balbir Singh Senior and Balwinder Shami. He discussed in detail the issues relating revival of the hockey game with Khalsa College Governing Council honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina and sports director Dr. Kanwaljit Singh at the management office.
They talked about the changing trends in global sports landscape and factors that are shaping the future of sports while expressing concerns over the declining status of the national game. HIF head emphasised on promotion and representation of hockey at a high pace to make the revival of the game possible.He said there is dire need to identify the nursery of sportspersons at younger age to develop future players.
He said a large number of Hockey Wings are being set up at school and college level in this regard. ``Apart from identifying talent at younger age, it is also essential to understand 'the arts and science of Hockey management’ to compete with the world today. So there has to be a paradigm shift in the management of the national game from top to bottom.’’, said he.Chhina, a hockey exponent who recently set up Khalsa Hockey Academy under the management said there are various possibilities of promotion of Sports in the institutions of higher education. He expressed delight that the President of HIF was also looking for the same and there is possibility of more and more administrative representation to the players themselves to make the revival of the game imminent.
Khalsa Hockey Academy Chief Coach Baldev Singh, a well acclaimed hockey player was also present and he stressed that players should be given more say in the hockey India management. Earlier Chhina agreed to carry forward the discussions for a sports partnership in the near future which will be greatly beneficial for the students of Northern India while Dr. Kanwaljit Singh envisaged that their hockey team would emerge as a major force in the coming year in the sports.