Sunday, May 19, 2024

‘Watershed moment:’ Hockey India unveils first National Women’s Hockey League

Hockey India has unveiled the National Women’s Hockey League, the first of its kind in the country, with the door opened for under-21 talent. 

The league is structured into two phases, with the inaugural phase set to take place in Ranchi, Jharkhand, at the end of the month.

Aiming to provide a platform for emerging athletes and elevate the stature of women’s hockey in the country, the league will see the top state teams that finished in top eight at the marquee 14th Hockey India Senior Women’s National Championships.

Hockey Haryana, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Madhya Pradesh, Hockey Bengal, Hockey Mizoram, Manipur Hockey, and Hockey Association of Odisha will all take part.

Notably, the league will also open its doors to young talent, with players under the age of 21 eligible to participate. 

Hockey India President Dr. Dilip Tirkey, said: “The National Women’s Hockey League marks a watershed moment for Indian hockey, particularly for our women athletes. This league is a testament to our unwavering commitment to women’s sports and will serve as a catalyst for the growth and development of women’s hockey in the country.”

Hockey India Secretary General Shri Bhola Nath Singh added, “We are thrilled to introduce the National Women’s Hockey League, which represents a significant leap forward in our efforts to bolster women’s hockey at both the regional and national levels. This league will not only provide a platform for elite competition but also inspire young girls to pursue their passion for hockey.”

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