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WorldHockey Online - Issue 18

Editorial - Cathy Harris


The year could not have got off to a worse start with the terrible events in Asia and the tragedy of the tsunami. Everyone who has witnessed the dramatic television pictures or read moving accounts of the survivors feels immense sympathy for all those affected.

Naturally, there are stories involving hockey and hockey players and in this issue the South Africa goalkeeper David Staniforth relates his compelling story of how he survived. No wonder he looks at life differently now.

Little less than a year ago hockey was at the centre of another human tragedy, although this was no natural disaster, when the men’s Olympic Qualifier was caught up in the terrorist bombings in Madrid. Few who were there will forget the cool authority with which the president of the organising committee Mercedes Coghen dealt with the events on the day. One year on, the former Spain captain has been elected as the players representative on the Executive Board – we talk to her and what she hopes to achieve.

Also included in this issue is a review of the Champions Trophy where Spain finally triumphed under the guidance of their Dutch born coach Maurits Hendriks, and a preview of the exciting new National League in India.

The FIH has now moved to it’s new base in Lausanne but because some appointments have yet to be finalised, the production of WHO has proved slightly more difficult than usual. But we are delighted to be able to continue publishing and hope you enjoy this topical issue.

A busy calendar lies ahead, especially with two junior World Cups scheduled and where the next generation of international players will no doubt make a name for themselves.

I wish you a happy and peaceful 2005 and every success in hockey whatever your role and wherever you play it.

Cathy Harris


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