Notes and News

In October, the recently-retired President of the Royal Dutch Hockey Association, Wim Cornelis, was made an Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau. Cornelis finished his nine-year presidency of the KNHB on 1st December, and taking up the post is André Bolhuis, previously a KNHB Vice President.

On 20th October, the Jamaica Hockey Federation broke ground for its first FIH approved synthetic hockey surface, thanks to grant from the Jamaican Sports Development Foundation. The pitch is expected to be completed this month, and the JHF intends to hold club championships on the new surface in 1999. The Foundation committed to assisting the JHF, should it not be selected for an FIH/IOC Development Pitch, which it was not.

The Tanzanian Hockey Union held its annual general meeting in July 1998 at Dar Gymkhana Club, and the new committee was elected until 2001. The members are:

Chairman Dr Sorter de' Silva; Vice Chairman, Col. Ameen Kashmiri; Secretary, Mr. Afzal Fazal; Assistant Secretary, Mr. Mehboob Malik; Treasurer, Mr. Savio Fernandis; Assistant Treasurer, Mr. Allen Mascarenhas.