2004: A Great Year for Hockey
This year has been so successful for hockey; not least with the excellent events we have seen showcasing the best of our sport not least at the Athens Olympic Games. Most recently we have had the immensely successful BDO Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina, and now the Samsung Hockey Champions Trophy currently underway in Pakistan.
A very exciting development has taken place over the last month, which aims to make world hockey more accessible to more people. We will produce a magazine-style television programme packed with event news and reviews, player profiles, coaching tips and issues of the day. This programme is co-funded by the FIH and BDO International, the presenting sponsor. Each BDO WorldHockey Monthly will be aired every four weeks, starting from March next year. We already have lots of interest from various cable and satellite broadcasters and viewers worldwide will be able to consult WorldHockey.org for full scheduling details.
Without the dedication and hardwork from all involved in world hockey, we would not be able to achieve such success. I would like to thank all of our member associations for their support and show of confidence in me as President recently at our Congress in Leipzig. Our effectiveness as an organisation is, however, down to the dedication that our team has to hockey. My special thanks go to our Hon. Secretary General Peter Cohen and the Executive Board and committee chairs and members. Without their support and hard work, we would not have been able to achieve what we have this last year.
Thanks also to the staff in Brussels, who keep the world hockey engine running smoothly, especially now under difficult circumstances. While we look forward to moving to Lausanne in the New Year, we are sad that some of our staff will not be joining us and wish them all the best for the future. We will see some new faces join us in 2005 and doubtless find new challenges and exciting projects, not to mention world-class hockey.
I wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2005.
Els van Breda Vriesman
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