The roots of hockey are buried deep in antiquity. Historical records show that a crude form of the game was played in Egypt 4,000 years ago and in Ethiopia around 1,000BC, whilst an ancient form of the game was also played in Iran in around 2,000BC. The modern game of hockey emerged in England in the mid-18th century and is largely attributed to the growth of public schools, such as Eton. The first Hockey Association was formed in the UK in 1876 and drew up the first formal set of rules.
The formation of the International Hockey Federation in 1924 was not soon enough for the Paris Olympics but it did grant hockey re-entry in Amsterdam in 1928. Hockey has been on the programme ever since, with women’s hockey included for the first time in Moscow in 1980.
From 1928 to 1956, was the golden period for the Indian Hockey team. The Indian men’s team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, gaining six gold medals in a row. The Indian team has won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics. Indian Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand was selected to represent India in the 1928 Summer Olympics. India won the hockey gold in this Olympics and Dhyan Chand scored two goals in the final match. He led the Indian hockey team in the 1936 Summer Olympics final, which India won 8-1.
The aim of the Olympic Gold Foundation is to improve hockey performance at all levels through a multi-dimensional and holistic approach. OGF provides a high-quality environment that sets a new standard in hockey training and tuition, enabling its participants to reach their full potential as players. OGF features all the components embraced by professional sportsmen and women, which gives participants a feel of the discipline, focus and dedication required in the pursuit of sporting success. It aims to encourage the best from every player and will also work as a talent identification source for future aspiring hockey players. Whether our athletes want to compete at the highest level in their middle or high school programs, or go on to play in college, OGF focuses on developing the physical abilities of our athletes with exceptional training by fitness experts who have experience in the game at the collegiate level.
Hockey is a national game of India. Hockey is a nice game and mostly liked by the students. It is a game of much interest and enjoyment easily motivates watchers to see the hockey match. It provides various health and financial benefits to the player. A person interested in this game can easily make his/her nice career.