AFRICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
The following African Hockey Officials were appointed to FIH Committees during the November 1998 Council meeting of the FIH.
- Steve Jaspan - Chairman of FIH Competitions Committee and member of Disciplinary Committee
- Davinder Bharij Singh - Equipment Committee
- Clare Digby - Development & Coaching, and Equipment Committees
- Bob Gagel - Umpires Committee
- Pete van Zyl - Umpires Committee
- Seif El Dine Hamed - Umpires Committee
- Mahmoud Barakatt - Equipment Committee
- Mark Manolios - Equipment Committee
- Ibrahim Almohandis - Competitions
Gamal Shirazi (Egypt) is already a member of the Executive Board and Council. Steve Jaspan and Davinder Singh are also members of Council.
The new Chairman of the Kenya Hockey Union is Hardev Singh Kular.
The AHF has presented its Development and Coaching Plan and Budget to the FIH Development and Coaching Committee and it is expected that funds would be made available to assist as many African nations as possible. This could also result in equipment being distributed.
The Egyptian Hockey Federation ran a very successful 5 Nations Tournament in Cairo and the Egyptian team played excellent hockey to win the tournament over India, Canada, Malaysia and Kenya.
The Australian Men's and Women's Teams toured South Africa in March.
Zimbabwe will be sending teams down to South Africa to play in the Under 21 Interprovincial Tournaments.
Horacio Servetto, the world famous former umpire and coach, is co-ordinating and implementing a project on behalf of the FIH and AHF for the development of top umpires.
Ghana's synthetic surface is due to being completed shortly and hopes are high that an inaugural tournament will be held by mid-year.
Arrangements for the All Africa Games in Johannesburg in September are very far advanced, and at this stage a record number of entries have been received.
South Africa won the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Harare last October and have thus qualified for the 2002 World Cup. Egypt's historic participation was a wonderful feature of this tournament as was Zimbabwe's hospitality.
Egypt has offered to host the FIH's 75th Anniversary Banquet and meetings in October and has been granted this singular honour. These will take place in Alexandria, in conjunction with the 2nd Mediterranean Cup.
ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
The 2nd meeting of the AHF Council will be held on 9th April 1999 in Kuala Lumpur to coincide with the 9th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament (2nd - 10th April 1999).
20th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) will be held in Brunei Darussalam from 7th - 15th August 1999 with men's and women's hockey included. As part of their preparations Brunei visited Malaysia from 14th -23rd March 1999 to prepare their team.
The appointment of Development co-ordinators at regional Level in April 1999 would ensure that the various development projects are effectively co-ordinated and managed by the AHF. AHF members on FIH DCC would be appointed as Regional Development Officers.
The Congress of the Asian Hockey Federation was held on Tuesday, 15th December 1998 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The following were elected as members of the Council of the Asian Hockey Federation for the term 1999-2002:
President: HRH Sultan Azlan Shah (MAS); Hon. Secretary Geneneral: Mr. P. Alagendra (MAS), Treasurer: Mr. Fumio Ogura (JPN), Vice-President: Mr. M. Ueda (JPN); Mrs Annabel Ess (SIN); Mr. K. P. S. Gill (IND); Mr. Akthar Rasool Chaudhary (PAK); Mr. Shin Bark Jae (KOR); Mr. Pisit Ngampanich (THA), Members: Mr. Dawood Ahmed Al-Raisi (Oma); Mr. Sarinder S. Dillon (HKG); Dr. Choi Ki Soo (KOR); Mrs Shin Jung Hee (KOR); Mr. Sun Cheng Min (CHI); Mr. Tayyab Ikram (MAC); Mr. Syed Mudassar Asghar (PAK); Mr. M. Lukshumayeh (SIN); Miss Masoki Kamisuki (JPN); Mrs Vidya Stokes (IND).
It was agreed during the meeting to form 10 AHF committees, similar to those of the FIH:
Competitions: M. Ueda, Chairperson; S. Satgunam, Secretary, Development & Coaching: Funio Ogura, Chairperson; Tayyab Ikram, Secretary, Equipment: Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary, Chairperson, Finance: Sim Bark Jae, Chairperson; Dr. Choi Ki Soo, Secretary, Media and Public Relations: S. Thiyagarajan, Chairperson; Frankie D'Cruz, Secretary; Medical: Dr. Ramlan Abdul Aziz, Chairperson; Teo Chin Sim, Secretary; Protocol: K.P.S.Gill, Chairperson; Umpiring: Dawood Ahmed Al-Raisi, Chairperson; Harcharan Dillon, Secretary; Athletes' Panel: M. Lukshumayeh, Chairperson; Sarinder Dillon, secretary; Disciplinary Commission: Mrs Annabel Ess, Chairperson.
EUROPEAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
Another full indoor season has been completed with the running of the Men's Nations Cup 'A" & "B" Divisions. Germany was crowned as Champions of the "A" division and France Champions of the "B" Division.
Belarus won the Junior Women's Nations Cup.
43 clubs participated in the various European Club events.
The organisation of the European Nations Cups in Cologne and Padova are well advanced. The Pools and Match programmes have been approved and all the officials have been appointed. The Champions of both events will automatically earn a place at the Sydney Olympic Games.
An Indoor Umpires Seminar was held in Austria and a Baltic Conference was held in Poland during January and February. An Ambassador Camp will be held in Cork, Ireland and an Excellence camp will be held in Terrassa, Spain during the summer. Additional Coaching Courses will also be held in conjunction with the FIH at the two Nations Cups.
The 16th EHF General Assembly will take place in Cyprus on Saturday 5th of June. A full programme has been developed for the weekend in conjunction with the Cyprus Hockey Association, including various development workshops during the afternoon session.
The EHF Executive Board held meetings in Kiev, Ukraine in October 1998 where the Executive Board also had the opportunity of meeting with representatives from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and Russia. A further meeting was held in Barcelona, Spain in December in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of the Catalan Hockey Federation. The President of the International Hockey Federation, Juan Angel Calzado, also attended part of the Executive Board Meetings, which were also attended by representatives from Cyprus, France, Greece and Spain.
The first meeting of the Executive for 1999 was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in early March. The President and Executive Board also had the opportunity of meeting with André Bolhuis, new President of the KNHB (Royal Dutch Hockey Association).
OCEANIA HOCKEY FEDERATION
Mr. Derek Wilshere has been re-elected as President of Oceania Hockey Federation.
Mrs Pamela Tye remains as Secretary/Treasurer with the Vice Presidents being Mrs Shirley Davis (WHA), Mr. John Giles (AHA), Mr. Keith Long (PNG), and Mr. Peter Blake (FIJI).
The Pathways program for the development of players, coaches and umpires continues to operate. Players numbers are increasing, especially in the junior ranks.
New National Coaches have been appointed, Mr. Robin Wilson (men) and Mr Jan Borren (women).
Coaching courses using the support of Olympic Solidarity will be conducted this year. Hector Smith has been selected as the National Coach and will be in New Zealand for some development courses this year.
Papua New Guinea has developed a plan for all areas of hockey development and with some monetary assistance there will be an increase in numbers and some limited participation in activities outside PNG. A men's and women's team will participate in the Oceania Challenge in Brisbane. A junior team will participate in the Arafura Games in May.
Amalgamation of the two Australian bodies is progressing with the support of a facilitator. Conscious attempts are being made to continue in this way whilst not compromising the involvement of the two bodies leading up to and during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The two offices will remain in Sydney and Melbourne until after 2000 to maintain the excellent and experienced staff, which is so important at this stage. A number of programs already exist where both bodies are involved.
PAN AMERICAN HOCKEY FEDERATION
A planning meeting of the PAHF with Officers and Committee Chairs was held in Miami in January. A check on progress in implementing the first year of the PAHF multi-year plan was undertaken and the plan for 1999 updated.
The Pan American Games to be held in Winnipeg Canada from July 23- August 8, 1999 were a major topic of discussion at the meeting. In both competitions, the format will be a seven-team round robin with final classification matches for the top four teams. Appointment of officials has almost been completed.
The quadrennial Pan American Hockey Federation Congress will also be held during the Games, along with the usual meetings of the Board of Directors and Committees. Elections for all officers and Board members will be an important part of the Congress proceedings.
Santa Domingo has recently been selected to host the next Pan American Games in 2003. Since there is no hockey there at the moment, the PAHF decided to undertake an aggressive development project in Santa Domingo starting this year.
At the Planning meeting, considerable time was also spent discussing new competitions to be implemented in the Americas. These include the Americas Cup, along with preliminaries; regional junior tournaments, club championships and the usual Junior Pan American Championships. The challenge is now to find host countries for each of these competitions. Jamaica will host the first PAHF Club Championship from September 18-25, 1999.
Development projects were discussed in detail along with the submission for funds to the FIH. We have recently been informed of out funding allocation from the FIH for development in 1999.
The PAHF is pleased to note that there are now three more synthetic hockey surfaces in the Americas. The pitch in Cuba, supported by funding from the IOC and the FIH, has been completed and though not yet officially opened, is in use. As well, the new hockey field in Mona, Jamaica was officially opened on January 16, 1999 and the new surface for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg will be completed sometime in June of 1999. These three pitches will help the promotion and development of hockey in the region considerably.
Next meeting of the PAHF will take place in Winnipeg in August.