Hockey India, the apex governing body for the sport in India , have , announced the dates for its 6th Hockey India National Championships, 2016, to be held in Nagaon, Assam, beginning from 29 January 2016.
This annual tournament is all set to feature the best hockey players across the country, in the senior, junior, and sub-junior categories. The sub-junior division matches will be played in two categories: A & B for women, to be held in Guwahati and Nagaon from 29 January- 16 January 2016, while Imphal, Manipur will host the men’s tournament from 6 May- 22 May 2016.
Matches for the senior division will be played at Safai, Itawa, Uttar Pradesh, from 11 April- 1 May 2016, for the men’s team and at Benglaru, Karnataka from 19 April- 1 May 2016 for the women’s team.
The junior division matches are supposed to be held both for men and women teams across two categories, in Raipur, Chattisgarh. The men’s tournament will be held from 12 April- 24 April 2016; the women’s tournament will be held in Ranchi, Jharkhand from 24 April- 8 May 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Hockey India Secretary General Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, said, “I am delighted and eager for the action to begin in the 6th Hockey India National Championships from January 2016. These championships have brought forward the future stars of Indian hockey and its nothing less than an honor to see how youngsters from all corners are working hard towards making a career for themselves in the sport. I am confident that the national championships next year are going to unearth some bright future stars for Indian hockey.”
The 6th edition of the Indian Hockey Championship will see the Railways Sports Promotion Board defend their titles in both the senior men and senior women categories.
Similarly, Hockey Odisha would play to defend the Junior mens title, while Hockey Haryana would be defending the junior womens title.
Sub-junior mens and sub-junior womens category will be defended by Hockey Odisha, and Hockey Punjab respectively.
This tournament is going to set a base for all future recruits into the national programs for senior, junior, and sub-junior categories. It aims at boasting the talent of over 3000 budding hockey stars from all corners of the Indian sub-continent. The event is expected to be a preferable one for various selectors across the country given the upsurge of hockey in India.