An unmatched hockey festival atmosphere was created by the Indian Club to celebrate it’s Centenary by hosting the ever popular 6-A-Side field Hockey Championship on 13 and 14 November, 2014 at its premises in Manama – Bahrain.
The tournament featured teams from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar besides the host country Bahrain.
To add glamour to the championship, the club invited Mr. Joaquim Carvalho, a former Indian field hockey player and coach together with his wife Mrs. Vandana Rao, a former athlete who represented India in 1984 and 1988 Olympics, as Chief Guests to grace the occasion.
Incidentally, both Joaquim & Vandana were awarded the Arjuna Award by the Indian Government in recognition of their outstanding sport achievements for the country.
Kuwait Hockey A & B teams, consisted of players from Kuwait Independents Hockey and KOC Green. Kuwait Hockey A captained by Saqib Ajmal put up an impressive performance losing in the semi-finals to the eventual winners Qatar Wanderers by a narrow 2 - 1 margin. Salman Alam from Indian Public School was the youngest player in the tournament . Both, Team A and B of Kuwait Hockey was well appreciated by the large and enthusiastic crowd. Kanishka P. Rajapaksha (Kani) of Kuwait Hockey A was judged the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament for his courageous keeping.
The Chief Guest congratulated the Indian Club for achieving the centenary milestone and organizing the tournament successfully, thus keeping the spirit of hockey alive in the Gulf.
The Club General Secretary Mr. Cassius Pereira thanked all the teams for participating in this championship and for sharing in the centenary celebrations. The organizer Mr. Sudhakar Seetharaman had a word of praise for the Kuwait Clubs for fielding four teams in the championship.
Bernard Fernandes, on behalf of Kuwait Independents presented a Memento to the Indian Club and thanked the organizers for inviting Kuwait Hockey to this hockey extravaganza.
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