It was a small step. S2h editor K. Arumugam’s first book being released. The editor is speaking at the first Hockey Year Book releasing function. Seated on the dais (from left) are Buch, Director General, Sports Authority of India, Dhanuskodi Athithan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Sayid Hamid, Vice-Chancellor, Hamdard University and N. Kothandaraman, editor’s father.
It is a book on Indian hockey’s great star Dilip Tirkey. His State Orissa Chief Minister Navin Patnaik (right) presenting ‘Olympic Captain Dilip Tirkey’ book written by the editor (centre) to a gathering in Bhubneswar, in the presence of Padam Shri Dilip Tirkey himself (right).
The FIH president Els van Breda Vriesman (centre) introduces the International Hockey Year Book 2006 in the company of FIH vice president Antonio von Ondarza (right), before start of a press conference during the Champions Trophy tournament, Chennai.
A milestone development. International Olympic Committee President Dr.Jacques Rogge presenting the International Hockey Year Book 2002 to the world media, in the presence of the FIH president Els Van Breda Vriesman (left) and the author. Subsequently the dignitary gave foreword to the editor’s books.
Another shot of the media launch mela. Former Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee Ashwini Kumar (third from right) releasing the ‘Great Indian Olympians’ book in the presence of KPS Gill, Indian Hockey Federation president (second from left) and authors Gulu Ezekiel (left) and the editor.
Hon’ble Finance Minister of Punjab honouring the editor on behalf of the Surjit Hockey Tournament Society during the final day of the 23rd Surjit Hockey Tournament, in recognition of his services to the sport of hockey. A citation and a purse of Rs. 3100 were given to him.
Editor being presented a memento at the hands of Rattan P. Wattal, Director General, Sports Authority of India, in the company of Vidhya Stokes (left), President, Indian Women Hockey Federation, actress Mahima Choudhry, Pritviraj Chauhan, Hon’ble Minister of State, Government of India. The occasion was Indira Gandhi International Gold Cup tournament, New Delhi, 1995 where the editor contributed to its success as official Media Officer.
Editor presenting a copy of the Hockey Year Book Newsletter toms. Kanti Singh, Hon?ble Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, during the final of the 13th Nehru Colleges Champions Hockey Tournament.
This occasion was called Player Protect Player Programme. 14 of the Asiad gold winning team members and coach presented each Rs.10,000 and gave it to financially ailing 1978 World Cup player Gopal Bengra. Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar (sitting on the dais) also gave Rs.50,000 for Bengra.
Co-authors Gulu Ezekiel (right) and editor in the company of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, India’s silver medalist at the Athens Olympics, at the Great Indian Olympians second edition releasing function.
Tenth anniversary of publication of hockey year book was celebrated in a novel way. As the same coincided with the 70th Anniversary of India winning the gold at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, both were highlighted in a specific function, in which a person who witnessed the Berlin hockey event was present.
Now it’s the turn of a newspaper editor to stamp his seal approval for the editor’s work. VN Narayanan. Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Times, released the Hockey Year Book 1997 at the Constitution Club, New Delhi in the presence of many sports personalities and supporters. Picture shows Olympic gold medalist MK Kaushik receiving the first copy.
Sita Gossain (far right) receives her cheque of Rs.5000 for being declared ‘Hockey Year Book Player of the Year 2002’. Next to her is Ajit Pal Singh, captain of the 1975 World Cup winning Indian team. Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Sadvi Uma Bharati releases the Castrol Hockey Year Book 2002 as the IHF President, Sponsor and author look on
Yasodaraje Scindia, Minister of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Madhya Pradesh, presenting the Hockey Year Book 2007 to the gathering at the prize distribution ceremony on the last day of the Junior National Championship for girls.
Book releasing function moved to another part of the sprawling country. The Hockey Year Book 2007 was released at Bangalore. Amidst a galaxy of former and present Olympians, ‘Arjuna’ awardee MP Ganesh, the chief guest of the evening, also released the book. Pic shows (l-r) players of repute Ashish Ballal, BK Subramani, Arjun Halappa, AB Subbaiah, editor, MP Ganesh, Karnataka State Hockey Association Secretary, Kannan Krishnamurthy, and journalist MA Ponnappa, posing with the book for the posterity.
Namdhari Hockey Team was declared ‘Team of the Year 2006’ by the Hockey Year Book. The owner of the team Thakur Uday Singh is presented a copy of the Year Book 2007 in which his team’s feats are explained, during a function organized by Sardar Gian Singh Memorial Hockey Society.