|FIH 75th Anniversary|
Please note this item was written as a preview to the FIH 75th Anniversary celebrations
The announcement of the first FIH International Players of the Year, two elite-level exhibition matches, the Mediterranean Cup, a special symposium on the Rules of the Game and a full agenda of meetings are all on the schedule of events commemorating the FIH's 75th Anniversary. These many activities will take place from 23-31 October in Alexandria, Egypt.
Players in contention for the men's award are: Jorge Lombi, Argentina; Jay Stacey, Australia; Magdi Ahmed Abdulla, Egypt; Russel Garcia, England; Jean Louis Ponthieu, France; Klaus Michler, Germany; Dhanraj Pillay, India; Seung Tae Song, Korea; Mirnavan Nawawi, Malaysia; Stephan Veen, Netherlands; Teun de Nooijer, Netherlands; Scott Anderson, New Zealand; Dr. Atif Bashir, Pakistan; Greg Nicol, South Africa; and Joaquin Malgosa Morera, Spain.
Players in contention for the women's award are: Alyson Annan, Australia; Rechelle Hawkes, Australia; Karen Brown, England; Nadine Ernsting-Krienke, Germany; Sophie Llobet, France; Pritam Rani, India; Eun Young Lee, Korea; Carole Thate, Netherlands; Sue Fraser, Scotland; Mandy Smith, New Zealand; Karen Roberts, South Africa, and Peggy Storrar, USA.
It should be noted that National Associations were permitted to nominate players from outside their own country, which accounts in some cases for multiple nominations from a single country.
The awards will be given during the official 75th Anniversary dinner on Tuesday, 26th October, and the winners will be publicly honoured between the two exhibition matches scheduled for Wednesday, 27th October. Judging criteria include: skill, technique and championships won, leadership qualities, impact on team performance, disciplinary record and involvement in hockey off the field of play.
The winners will receive specially-commissioned bronze statues depicting a male or female player in action. The statues were created by Dutch artist, Jannelies Raaijmakers-Vermeulen.
The primary aim of the Forum will be to broadly develop the future strategy and direction for the Rules of Hockey by: agreeing general principles with respect to development of the Rules taking into account the interests and concerns of relevant areas/committees, exploring possible goals to be achieved by the Rules, prioritising the goals and considering the means by which these goals might be achieved and in what acceptable timeframe.
The Forum is scheduled for 27th October.