AFRICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
AFRICA CUP OF CLUB CHAMPIONS
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
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
AHF DEVELOPMENT AWARD
ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
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.
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
EUROPEAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
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:
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,
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
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.
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.
PAN AMERICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
Dates of next PAHF Meetings
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 -
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.