FIH News

Hockey flying at Athens

The Olympic hockey venue for the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens is to be at existing airport which will be closed in March 2001 when the new airport is expected to be operational. A synthetic training pitch - the first in Greece - is to be installed in March, close to the Olympic Hockey Centre. This was learnt after recent meetings with representatives of ATHOC 2004 w2hich were held in Sydney and at Monaco during the GAISF Conference.

George Tsogas, the current president of the Hellenic Hockey Federation, has been appointed as Competitions Manager and he will have the assistance of an experienced hockey expert from outside Greece. The FIH are aiding the Hellenic Hockey Federation in developing our sport in Greece. They have received coaching assistance from Niall Sturrock (SCO) and members of the FIH development and Coaching Committee while a first umpiring seminar was recently held in Athens.

2008 - Bidding Cities:
Five cities, Beijing, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris and Toronto, have sent their bidding-proposals for the 2008 Olympics to all international federations. The plans for Hockey are being carefully studied by FIH whose representatives will have visited all the sites in time to report their views to the International Olympic Committee by Hanuary 15th, 2001. Els van Breda Vriesman, the FIH Honorary Secretary General, is a member of the IOC Evaluation Committee and will visit the five candidates in February and March.

The final decision as to which city will be awarded the 2008 Games will be taken by the International Olympic Committee at their next Congress, in Moscow on 13 July 2001.

FIH appoints Marketing & Communications Manager

Steven Morris, a 32-year-old from Wales, is to be the new Marketing & Communications Manager of the FIH.

With a degree in sports sciences and a wide range of sporting interests, Steve joins the FIH from rugby's Super League club Warrington Wolves, but is better known to the world's hockey media as the Event Manager of the Men's Junior World Cup at Milton Keynes in 1997. Steve brings marketing experience from skiing, football and both codes of rugby to the position, which he started on Monday 15th.

Hans Bertels, FIH Executive Director, commented, "Steven's appointment, with the redefinition of the role to include the marketing function, demonstrates the FIH's commitment to the evolution of excellent business practices in the hockey world."

Steven enthused, "I'm enormously looking forward to the challenge of international hockey and to renewing the good friendships that I made in the hockey world during 1997."

For further information, please contact:
Steven Morris,
FIH Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: +32 2 219 4537
Fax: +32 2 219 2761
Email: [email protected]

FIH seek Events Manager

The FIH is looking for a full time Events Manager to succeed the Belgian Adrian Peters, the present Technical Manager. The person appointed will be based in Brussels and a job description can be found on the official FIH website (

Candidates are requested to send in a complete CV by Thursday, 1st February, to the FIH, Av des Arts 1 (Box 5), 1210 Brussels, Belgium, for the attention of Hans Bertels, Executive Director.

Five winners of FIH Website competition

A special promotion for the Player of the Year Awards was run on the FIH website or the first time ever. This interactive competition called for hockey fans to guess who would win the FIH Players of the Year 2000 awards. Entries came from all over the world and the five lucky winners of hockey highlights videos were:
Errol D'Cruz (India), Rene Edwards (Canada), Derek Field (Hong Kong), Maria Belen Huerta (Argentina) and Sascha Tamarinof (The Netherlands).

America's John Greer dead

John Greer, the former Olympian and president of the Field Hockey Association of America, died on December 5th at the age of 71 as a result of complications following heart surgery.

Greer was player/manager of the US Olympic team at Melbourne in 1956, was head coach of the US team at the 1967 Pan American Games, but may best be remembered for carrying on the pioneering work of his parents, Henry Kirk Greer and Louise Roberts Greer who

are generally considered to be the founders of men's field hockey in the United States. His father was the first president of the FHA of America (1927-58), a post held from 1977-84.

John Greer participated as either an athlete, coach or official in six Olympic Games and four Pam Am Games. He received the US Olympic Committee President's award in recognition of more than 40 years service to the Olympic movement and the sport of field hockey.