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AFRICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

AFRICA CUP OF CLUB CHAMPIONS
Since the last report from Africa, the ACCC Tournament (men) was won by Sharkia of Egypt (for the 11th time), beating hosts BAC of Zimbabwe 3-0 in an exciting final. Defending champions Kenya Defence Force collected bronze, with Exchequers of Ghana coming in third. OH of Zimbabwe were fourth, Simba of Kenya, fifth and Namibia's Oranjemund sixth.

In the ladies tournament, Sliders of Kenya collected the gold, with Zimbabwe's OH the silver, and Ramblers of Namibia third. Hosts BAC were fourth.

Mr Steve Jaspan, Snr Vice-President AHF, who attended the tournament on behalf of the AHF President, commented favourably on the organistaion of the event, the largest continental club championship to date.

At the tournament, the Ghana Hockey Association presented a plaque to Mr Gavin Stepehns, Secretary-General AHF, in appreciation of the assistance given Ghana by the AHF in securing the first FIH assisted artificial turf which was laid in Accra and opened last October.

The 2000 Club Championship has been awarded to Egypt, and will be hosted in Alexandria.

Regretfully the Nigerian teams arrived well after the start of the tournament, and consequently could not participate, though friendly matches were arranged for them.

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
The AHF has announced that the 6th ACN (Men's) Tournament will be played from 13th to 20th May 2000 at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A good response is expected for this premier continental event. The tournament is a qualifier for the World Cup Tournament scheduled for 2001 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and was last played in Pretoria, SA in 1996.

Uganda is expected to participate for the first time - part of the positive revival of the game that is taking place there. Namibia, Malawi and Nigeria are also expected, though unfortunately Ghana has indicated that they will not be attending. Zambia and Botswana have also shown interest. The defending champions, South Africa, will be present to defend their crown, but Egypt is likely to pull out all the stops to regain the continental title. Kenya and hosts Zimbabwe will also be vying for medal status, and have the ability to cause an upset amongst the favourites.

The KHS boasts two water based pitches, floodlights, and full facilities and was constructed in 1995 to FIH standards to host the 6th Africa Games. Since that time it has twice hosted the Africa Club Championships, as well as various international touring teams.

FIH ASSISTED ARTIFICIAL PITCHES
Two African Countries have made comprehensive bids for the FIH assisted artificial pitches that will be awarded this year. They are Namibia and Uganda, both of whom have demonstrated a need for, and the ability to maintain, such playing surfaces. The AHF has given both bids their full support as well as support for efforts in Malawi, Nigeria and Kenya. The latter only needs a new carpet.

AHF DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The AHF has awarded the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe their presitigous Development Award for 1999 in recognition of Zimbabwe's efforts in developing the game during the 1999 year. The HAZ is presently working in conjunction with the FIH on a vigorous development campaign for the year 2000. The HAZ President, Mr Custom Kachambwa expressed great pleasure in being advised of the award. He felt that this was agreat honour bestowed upon Zimbabwe and thanked the AHF for their recognition, as well as the FIH for their assistance. He looked forward to the day when Zimbabwe would regain its former status.

ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

Introduction
Any measure of hockey success in the new millennium would look at how the Asian teams fare at the Olympics, World Cup and the Champions Trophy. Of immediate interest would be the 2000 Olympics where India and Korea have qualified by virtue of being the Asian Games Men's and Women's champions.

Olympics
Four Men's team from Asia - Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan fought to join India when they played in Osaka Qualifier in March. All but hosts Japan were successful. Three Asian Women's team - India, China and Japan would be fighting to join Korea when they play in the March Qualifier at Milton Keynes.

Meetings
The 3rd AHF Council Meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur on 25 February 2000. Meetings of the Competitions, Finance, Development and Umpiring were also held. The 4th AHF Council Meetings and Congress would be held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2000.

Tournaments
The 4th Men's Junior and 3rd Women's Junior Asia Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 3-14 May 2000.

It was decided that the AHF Club Championship for men and women would be held in 2000. The U-18 Girls would be held in Hong Kong in April whereas the U-16 Boys would be held from 15-25 June in Singapore.

Hockey has been selected as one of the demonstration sports in the third East Asian Games scheduled to be held in Osaka in May 2001.

The final placing for the 5th Men's Asia Cup held in November 1999 in Kuala Lumpur was Korea, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

Seminars
Two Europeans and one American joined 11 other Asian for a workshop session of umpires officiating at the 5th Men's Asia Cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur in November 1999. Umpires from eleven Asian countries attended the Seminar. The one-day Seminar covered a whole range of topics from improving standards to tools for umpiring.

An Elite Umpires Seminar was held in Kuala Lumpur from 23-25 February 2000. The Seminar was conducted by Mr. Denis Meredith of Australia. Following eleven umpires attended the seminar:

Irfan Zaidi, Pakistan; Mohd M. Muneer, India; H.S. Dillon, Hong Kong; Tony Cheun Chak Tung, Hong Kong; Deric Leung Kai Yip, Hong Kong; Nor Piza Hassan, Malaysia; Paramjit Singh, Malaysia; Daljit Singh, Malaysia; Han Jin Soo, Korea; Abdul Majed Faquir, Oman; Kamisuki Masako, Japan.

Web site for Asian Hockey
The purpose in setting up the Web site is to achieve the following objectives;

  • Building a stronger Asian Hockey Community
  • Provide effective means of channelling news to AHF member nations and affiliates as well as hockey fans everywhere.
  • Promote Asian Hockey on the World stage
  • Generating more interest in Hockey as a sports in Asia

EUROPEAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
The EHF Development Committee in co-operation with the Welsh Hockey Union is organising a Youth Coaches Course, which will be held in Cardiff from 21/24 April 2000, to coincide with the European Youth Trophy tournament for Girls Under 16 and Under 18.

The EHF Development Committee in co-operation with the French Hockey Federation is organising a Youth Coaches Course, which will be held on Lyon from 21/24 April 2000, to coincide with the European Youth Trophy Tournament for Boys and Girls Under 16 and Under 18.

The EHF will conduct an Umpire Development seminar at the 2000 Champions Trophy Men & Women (Amstelveen The Netherlands), 25th -29th May 2000.

The European Hockey Federation will host the following Youth Camps during 2000:

Excellence Camps

Camps will be held in Barcelona (Spain), 2-10 August 2000 and in Paris (France), 22-29 July 2000.

All details from: Stephanie Smook, SportWays Amsterdam, P.O. Box 1134, 1001 GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tel: ++31 20 66 22 157, fax: ++31 20 66 29 503,
e-mail: [email protected]

Ambassador Camp
The camp will be held in Largs (Scotland), 15-22 July 2000.

All details from: Benny O'Brien, Scottish Hockey Union, Moray House Institute of Education (Cramond Campus), 34 Cramond Road North, Edinburgh EH4 6JD, Scotland. Tel: ++44 131 312 8870, fax: ++44 131 312 7829, e-mail: [email protected]

OCEANIA HOCKEY FEDERATION
The hockey season is just getting under way for most National Federations in Oceania. Samoa is being revitalised with a new administration and seeks the assistance of a coach together with the supply of some equipment. It is encouraging to see the keenness that is developing and every effort will be made to assist them with these areas of need. Both men and women's teams take part in a regular competition in Apia.

Tonga has indicated that there will be support from the King in the process of establishing hockey. Derek Wilshere, OHF President, will visit Tonga in April and it is hoped that assistance will be able to be offered to obtain a management and administration program that will satisfy the newly developing Federation.

Papua New Guinea continues to have problems with consistent administration, but despite this they will have a stronger junior competition than in previous years. Hockey in schools is providing a healthy source of players for competition.

Fiji Federation is very excited about the new synthetic pitch that they were allocated recently as part of the development program with financial assistance being provided by FIH and IOC. Work begins shortly. This will be a tremendous boost to the island countries when supported by the appointment of a Development Officer interest and programs should benefit greatly.

New Zealand women's team is preparing for the Olympic Qualifier in Milton Keynes. Olympic preparation for the two Australian teams will be a priority for 2000. Junior World Cup Qualifiers for women and men are in place.

Hockey Australia will continue to produce HOCKEYZONE, a regular quality magazine - this year it will take on a new look.
Women's Hockey Australia, National Hockey League is in progress on the Olympic pitch in Sydney. This provides an opportunity for all members of the Hockeyroos to play for their states in this national competition.

A number of international events will take place in Sydney and Perth in preparation for the Olympic Games. Whilst the women's squad has been selected for the Olympics the team will not be announced until July.

The final phase of preparation for the Olympics for the Kookaburras begins in March and all 24 members of the squad will make Perth their home for the next 7 months.
The men's National League will also be played in Sydney in June. Preparation for the Junior World Cup in Hobart are well in place and the dates are confirmed - 8-12 October 2001. Hobart is in the south of Tasmania (Australia's island state and is the smallest in size and populations) but has a long and successful hockey history and is certain to produce an event of exceptional standards.

PAN AMERICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

Dates of next PAHF Meetings
The meetings will be held in Cuba as planned in conjunction with the first Men's Americas' Cup: Council - Saturday, July 1, 2000; Competitions Committee - Thursday, June 29; Medical Committee - Thursday, June 29; Umpiring Committee - Friday, June 30; Development Committee - Friday, June 30.

Trinidad & Tobago will host the second PAHF Club Championship in November of this year.

The South American Regional Americas Cup Preliminary took place Feb. 26 - March 4, 2000 in Santiago, Chile. The following are the results -

  • Women 1. Uruguay 2. Chile 3. Paraguay 4. Peru 5. Brazil
  • Men 1. Chile 2. Peru 3. Paraguay 4. Brazil 5. Uruguay

It should be noted that the Brazilian women competed in this tournament for the first time, and although they did not win any matches, they did go home with the Fair Play Trophy. Jose Maria Rada (Argentina) was the Tournament Director for both the men's and the women's competition.

The Pan American Junior Women's Championship will follow in Barbados, April 13-23, 2000. Janet Ellis (Canada) will be the Tournament Director. Teams confirmed at this point are: Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.