Sydney 2000 update and other event news

  • The FIH and SOCOG (Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) are currently working on the third draft of a co-operative agreement which will effectively serve as a contract between the two parties for the Olympic Hockey Competition at the 2000 Olympic Games. Key issues still to be resolved include SOCOGs general policy for all International Federations on accreditation, accommodation, transportation and ticketing.

  • With the appointment of Milton Cockburn as General Manager, Media, Richard Palfreyman has taken up the position of Head of Press Operation in charge of the facilities and services for the press at the 2000 Olympic Games.

  • Media representatives planning to visit Sydney in the lead up to the 2000 Olympic Games who are interested in visiting the Olympic site at Homebush should contact the SOCOG media staff prior to arrival to arrange a guided tour. SOCOGs Media Division can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

  • The FIH congratulates SOCOGs General Manager, Bob Elphinston, who has won the 1997 Telstra Australian Sports Award for Administrator of the Year.

  • Sydney has begun preparing its transportation system for use during the Games. The Homebush Bay Rail Link, which links the Olympic Park station with Sydneys main western line, has recently come into use. During major events, the rail loop will handle up to 30 trains an hour and carry up to 36,000 passengers. The Olympic Park station is expected to be open to the public this month.

  • The Staff of SOCOG has moved to new premises at: 235 Jones Street, Ultimo 2007 NSW, Australia, (phone) +61 2 9297 2000 and (fax) +61 2 9297 2020.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup moves to Ipoh

After a postponement of the bi-annual Sultan Azlan Shah Cup due to poor air quality deemed by organisers to be potentially hazardous, the six-nation mens event moved venue from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. Hosts, the Malaysian Hockey Federation, were unable to secure the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur as it is being prepared for use during the upcoming Commonwealth Games, scheduled for September. Nevertheless, the show goes on. Six top hockey countries saw action in this prestigious tournament: Australia, England, Germany, Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand battled one another from 28th February to 9th March. Final standings, match results and scoring details can be found in the results section of the site. All six teams will be competing in the upcoming World Cup.

India-Pakistan resume series

Arguably one of the most exciting historical hockey match ups was resumed with India and Pakistan facing off in an eight-match test series. The series which was planned in commemoration of 50 years of independence for both countries began on 28th February with the first four matches taking place in Pakistan: 28th February Peshawar, 1st March Rawalpindi, 5th March Lahore, 7th March - Karachi. The Indian leg of the test series kicked off in 19th March in Delhi, followed by matches on 21st March Punjab, 24th March Hyderabad and 26th March Chennai (Madras).

FIH President Juan Angel Calzado is pleased to see the resurgence of interest in hockey brought about by the series. "The FIH and international hockey have a vested interest in seeing hockey successfully marketed and promoted in countries where it has traditionally been the strongest," said Calzado. "The India-Pakistan series, therefore, is an obvious and exciting way to rejuvenate hockey in the two countries, and the FIH is watching with interest to see how the series succeeds."