Notes & News
  • Robert Lycke, recently elected as FIH Hon. Treasurer, was named as President of Honour of the Belgian Hockey Federation during its Annual General Assembly held in June. Lycke received the title in recognition of his 25 years of service to the Belgian Federation. During that period, he served at different times as the Federation's President, Secretary General and Treasurer.
  • The Chinese Hockey Association informed the FIH in May that Mr. Hu Jiashi had been elected as its Secretary General. Mr. Hu Jiashi replaces Mr. Shao Shutjan, who did not seek re-election.
  • From Field Hockey Canada came the sad news that Dr. Harry Warren died in late March. Dr. Warren was an avid hockey player and advocate. His efforts were instrumental in the establishment of the Canadian Women's and Men's Field Hockey Associations in 1962. As a mark of special respect for Dr. Warren, the Canadian men's team wore a patch bearing his initials on the left sleeve of their World Cup playing shirts.
  • News in March from English Hockey that Jenny Cardwell was awarded an Order of the British Empire. Cardwell's involvement in hockey spans 40 years including five years as an international player, women's national coach and manager, and manager of the Great Britain women's team that competed in Atlanta. She retired in 1996 from her management position and now is a director/trustee of the National Hockey Foundation.
  • Also from England comes the news that Stephen Baines, who was English Hockey's first Chief Executive, will soon be taking up a new post as Chief Executive Officer of the International Rugby Board. Baines, who had been Executive Director of the Canadian Rugby Union for six years, will be based at the IRB headquarters in Dublin beginning in late July.
  • From Germany comes the news that Deutscher Hockey Bund General Secretary, Mike de Vries, has left to take up the post as Sports Marketing Manager for a leading German beer maker.
  • The IOC International Youth Camp was held during the Nagano Winter Olympics and attracted 51 National Olympic Committees and 217 participants. The "Nagano youth declaration on global community" was made during the camp. Its opening paragraph reads: "We the members of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics International Youth Camp, brought together by the Olympic Ideals, by the desire for peace and as representatives of the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow, do hereby declare our intention to create a truly global community in which all peoples, regardless of nationality, culture, language, economic standing, race, gender, physical handicap or religious belief, will share love and share peace. We strongly believe that a well-rounded education, consisting of, but not limited to, academics, extra-curricular activities, sports, cultural exchanges and other life experiences, is imperative to fulfilling our stated goal.
  • The Russian Hockey Federation reports that the official opening of the first specialised hockey stadium was held on 21st March in the city of Krymsk, Krasnodar Region, Russia. Seven thousand spectators were on hand for the ceremony, including representatives from the Russian Olympic Committee, regional government and sports leaders, as well as representatives of many other Russian cities. Matches in the first round of the 7th Russian Men's & Women's Championships A Division were held.
  • The 5th South American Field Hockey Championships, held in Santiago, Chile in January, marked the first time the a Brazilian national team took part in an international hockey tournament. Brazil was represented by its men's squad in the five-nation event. Despite losing all their games, another bright spot for the Brazilians - in addition to participating - was their first (and only) goal in an international tournament. It came in their match against Uruguay.
  • The United States Field Hockey Association recently announced the names of 150 athletes selected to participate in the inaugural year of its Elite Summer League. The US League, which begins this year, is modeled on the system used in Australia which forms teams based on skill level rather than simply age.