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OCEANIA HOCKEY FEDERATION

Australia proud
A very successful year for member countries of the OHF. Hosting the 2000 Olympic Games was a rare opportunity for Australia to showcase their country. They were tremendously proud of the way in which the whole event was staged.

It was felt that the Olympic hockey tournament was fabulous, full of excitement, largely unpredictable, and conducted professionally and efficiently. It was particularly thrilling for Australia to have both their teams win medals in front of a home crowd - the Telstra Hockeyroos winning their second successive Olympic gold impressively. The New Zealand's women's team headed their Olympic pool and finished in sixth place.

New Coaches
Australia appointed new national coaches in November. Barry Dancer, formerly with Great Britain and England, takes over from as men's coach from Terry Walsh and David "Dibsy" Bell, a dual-Olympian who has been Australian Institute of Sport senior men's coach for the last three years, replaces Ric Charlesworth, with the women.

Charlesworth retires after eight years at the helm of Australia's most successful team ever, with a record of 253 matches, 198 wins and 25 losses and a hatful of major titles.

Hockey Australia
Women's Hockey Australia and the men's body, the Australian HA, agreed to amalgamate in November. The joint body, to be known as Hockey Australia, will officially open its doors on January 1, 2001. Pam Tye is the first President.

After a hectic time during 2000, preparations are well under way for many events early in the New Year. The Sydney Olympic Youth Festival, an international multi-sport event for under 18's, will take place in January, initiating the Year of the Youth in Australia.

New Zealand sponsors
The unprecedented public interest in the New Zealand women's team, has resulted in a significant sponsorship from Telecom and the birth of the "Telecom 2go Black Sticks". The team is to be coached for another two years, up to the World Cup, by Jan Borren.

The NZ women will play a number of internationals at home prior to Champions Trophy in the Netherlands. Their opponents will be Korea (four tests in March), India (in May) and Australia (three tests).

Kevin Towns, coach of the NZ men's team, is preparing his side for three tests against Australia which are to being held to celebrate the renovation of the Melbourne stadium in May.

New Zealand's Junior men recently won the Oceania qualifying series against Australia, winning the first two matches 6-1 and 3-2, before narrowly losing the third 2-1.

Tennis court training
Papua New Guinea HF, under the guidance of Oceania vice-president Keith Long, adopted a new constitution and has a new executive. It is pledged to fully support the YotY programme as that fits their intended focus on youth development. During school semester breaks, YotY training camps will be conducted in Port Moresby and Lae.

Papua & NG have set themselves the target of winning the Pacific Island tournament in Fiji later in the year. They have secured a number of sponsors.

Their national training squad is preparing on tennis courts in Port Moresby and the players have been asked for a full commitment to the exclusion of other sports.

In April, Papua will conduct a nine-day training and development camp in Australia which is to be hosted by the Cairns HA.

Fiji's problems
Political events have affected Fiji's ability to participate in team and administrative events in Australia and New Zealand, their traditional partners. They hope these bans are relaxed so that they can take advantage of planned workshops and training activities.

The 2000 season finished successfully with all major national inter-district and club tournaments played despite the political situation and the constraints this placed on venues and travel through-out the country. Their only major disappointment was that not all the national schools tournaments went ahead.

Fiji's synthetic turf facility, having been stalled for a year, is said to be progressing well and is on target for June 2001.

King's Patronage
Women's hockey is being established in Tonga, under the guidance of their NOC and with the patronage of the King of Tonga. Derek Wilshere held a Coaching Clinic. Hockey is also re-born in Samoa.

EUROPEAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

Olympic gold and bronze
The highlight of the year was, without doubt, the highly successful Olympic Games held in Sydney. Our warmest congratulations go to the Netherlands HB on their team's magnificent success in winning the gold medal for men and the bronze medal for women. To win the men's gold at the Atlanta Olympics and again in Sydney is a truly magnificent achievement.

Congratulations also to the Netherlands and the Real Federacion Espanola de Hockey on winning the men's and women's European Nations Under 21 Cups. They, together with a number of other European teams, will now play in their respective World Cups in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Hobart, Australia.

The European HF was grateful to the Deutscher Hockey-Bund and the RF Espanola de Hockey for organising two great events.

General Assembly
The 17th EHF General Assembly and meetings will be held at Valetta (Malta) from June 7-10, 20001. The EHF Executive Board met four times between Nov 99-Nov 00, the most recent meeting being in Bratislava in September 2000. Lithuania's pitch completed
Because of the FIH/IOC pitch development programme, the Lithuanian Hockey Federation have been able to complete their AstroTurf field. It was used successfully for the 2nd Zonal Youth Trophy where girls from Lithuania and Russia played at Under 16 and Under 18 level.

Congratulations to the Slovak Hockey Federation on receiving one of the grants for 2000. We look forward to the successful completion of this project by the middle of 2001.

Free equipment
Several countries, including Finland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Yugoslavia, have been given free equipment while Belarus has received extra sticks & balls. Lithuania and Slovakia, the countries laying down FIH/IOC pitches, have also received free equipment (50 balls and sticks, four sets of goalkeepers equipment and a coaching pack), to help promote their new surfaces. The EHF have also been responsible for translating into Russian advice on umpiring, training and tactics.

Pavel Rosa dead
It is with deep regret and sadness that we learnt of the death of our dear friend and colleague Pavel Rosa of Slovakia at the age of 62 following a short illness.

Pavel was an Executive Board member of the EHF. As the Secretary General of the Slovakian Hockey Federation, his contribution to the Executive Board was immense. He fully understood the difficulties and problems that faced our new member associations. As a member of the EHF Development Committee, he was a very efficient zonal co-ordinator for his region. The recent granting to the Slovakian HF of an artificial hockey pitch would not have been possible without his tireless work.

It is worth recalling that, in 1980, he was the coach of the successful Czechoslovakian women's team, guiding them to a silver medal at the Moscow Olympic Games.

The hockey family extend our condolences to Rozalia, Pavel's wife, and his children, Boris, Igor and Petra.

PAN AMERICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

Congress in March
The PAHF Congress and meetings are to be at Kingston (Jamaica) within the framework of the 1st. Women's Americas Cup in March 2001.

Congress which will be held on March 15, will include election of allOfficers and Board members. An Open Forum is to be held the same day.

- Competitions, Development, Medical and Umpiring Committees will meet on March 1 while the Board will meet on March 14 and possibly again on 16th.

Taking advantage of the presence of the members of the planning group and other Board members, the PAHF held a planning meeting in Paris on the day following the FIH meetings. The plan for the years 1998-2001 was reviewed. The framework for the 2001-04 plan was developed and will be discussed more broadly at the meetings in Kingston.

McCrae resigns
The PAHF has regretfully accepted the immediate resignation of Judy McCrae, our Development Committee Chair. Judy has been a valued member of the PAHF in a number of capacities since 1991 and has served on the FIH DCC for the last three years.
ev Johnson, a current member of the PAHF Development Committee and the PAHF Co-ordinator for the Year for the Youth, has agreed to take on the position of Development Chair on an interim basis.

World Cup qualifier
Ten countries will participate in the lst. Women's Americas Cup at Kingston (Jam) from March 8-18, 2001. The event is a qualifier for the 2002 FIH World Cup. The ten countries are: Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

Some of the information contained in the previous issue of the IH News was incorrect. Cuba won the lst. Men's Americas Cup in Havana (Cuba) last June/July and thus qualified for the 2002 World Cup. Canada, Argentina, Chile and USA who filled the next four places, Will participate in the Men's World Cup Qualifier in Edinburgh next July.

Argentina Junior Champions
Argentina won the 7th. Men's Pan American Junior Championship, held in Santiago, Chile from Oct 11-21.
The full rankings were:
1 Argentina;
2 Chile;
3 Canada;
4 USA;
5 Barbados;
6 Mexico;
7 Trinidad & Tobago;
8 Venezuela;
9 Paraguay;
10 Puerto Rico.
As a result, Chile and Canada will join Argentina in the Junior World Cup in Tasmania (Aus) next October.

Chilean success
A Chilean club, Deportivo Universidad Catolien, won the 2nd Women's Pan American Club Championship which was held jointly with the men's event in Port of Spain (T&T) from November 4-11. Five women's clubs competed, six men's.
Final standings were:
Men. 1 Goa (Canada);
2 Fatima (T&T);
3 Maple (Barbados);
4 GCC (Guyana);
5 Ouroboros (Venezuela);
6 Raiders (Jamaica).
Women:
1 Club DU Catolein (Chile);
2 Club Nacional de Hockey (Uruguay);
3 St. Andrew (Jam);
4 Malvern (T&T);
5 Empira (Barbados).

AFRICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

Sharkia win again
The year culminated with the Africa Cup of Club Champions for men and women which was played in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria. The hosts, Smoha Hockey Club, did a fine job in hosting the event.

Sharkia (Egypt) once again continued their domination of the men's competition whilst Telcom (Kenya) won the women's title. Due to congestion in the 2001 Calendar, the next ACCC tournament will be held in 2002 (probably in April).

Development and Coaching grants
Each of the Continental Federations will receive allocations of funding for Development and Coaching from the FIH for administration and development programmes in 2001. In addition, the FIH will make available funds for special grants to national associations. The grant application and approval procedures will be notified shortly.

All delegates to the recent AHF Council meeting agreed to submit to Clare Digby their plans for 2001 (including further information on YotY initiatives and requests for umpiring and coaching courses) before the end of the year.

Drawing on the inputs from the various national associations, a joint working group made up of representatives of the AHF's DCC, Umpiring and YotY Sub-Committees, will draft a year programme for 2001 for discussion with the AHF Executive Board.

Constitutional review
The draft new AHF Constitution, prepared by the Constitutional Task Force which was chaired by Clare Digby, may be affected in various ways by the new FIH Statutes. This matter is to be reviewed early in the New Year.

New Presidents
The Egyptian Hockey Federation, Hockey Association of Zimbabwe and South African Hockey Association have all recently held annual general meetings and elected new presidents.

Said Abdeen and Mohamed Shahin were elected the Egyptian President and deputy respectively. Gavin Stephens and Louis Mnyama - the excellent former national player - are the new Zimbabwean President and Vice-President respectively; whilst Charles Smith and Sheila Brown are SAHA's new president and vice-president.

The Kenya Hockey Union also recently held elections, which saw incumbent Hardev S Kular re-elected.

Insured
Officials travelling on AHF business or participating in AHF events are now covered by an AHF insurance policy.

Award for Uganda
The Uganda Hockey Association has been awarded the prestigious AHF Development Award for 2000. The award went to the Hockey Association of Zimbabwe in 1999.

Uganda's proposal for a development pitch has been accepted by the FIH for an IOC/FIH grant, subject to certain criteria. This is a great boost to Uganda's development plans.

Off to Birmingham
Gavin Cullen and Dennis Perkins, both AHF umpire managers, have been invited to participate in the International Umpire Managers Seminar in Birmingham (UK) in Feb 2000.

A successful umpiring course was held in Alexandria during the ACCC tournament. The registration fees payable by all AHF graded umpires has been abolished.

ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

Congress in January
The Congress of the AHF will be held at Kuala Lumpur (Mal) on 15th January 2001.

2006 Asian at Quatar
The 2002 Asian Games will be held at Pusan, Korea, from 29 September to 15 October. The 2006 Games have been awarded to Quatar.

Olympic Solidarity
An Olympic Solidarity course will be held in Singapore from 17-23 June, 2001 as part of the AHF Development Plan.

Year of the Youth
A great deal of enthusiasm and interest has been created amongst the AHF affiliates to celebrate the Year of the Youth festival on a year-long basis in Asia.

Official website
The official AHF website, www.hockeyasia.com, is becoming a major hockey web portal for the region. It is hoped that it will be the on-line forum for Asian hockey news and views.

The website is averaging 100,000 page views per month and this figure is expected to grow as it reaches its first anniversary in February 2001. Although it enjoys a strong user base in hockey-mad India, Pakistan and Malaysia, the site commands a substantial following in Europe.

The site was launched during the 10th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Kuala Lumpur in 2000 and immediately developed a following, especially for its 'Matchtracker' real-time results.

Hockeyasia.com received the most hits during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when it provided coverage of both the men's and women's events.

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