Englishman Barry Anderson was today appointed Tournament Director of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League scheduled from January 14 to February 10.

The 61-year-old has vast experience and has attended three FIH Champions Trophy, three FIH Champions Challenge and FIH World Cup Qualifying Tournaments.

Anderson will be supported by five Assistant Tournament Directors — Claudius De Sale, Muneer Mohammad, Shakeel Qureshi (all from India), Ian McKay (Scotland) and Howard Pollard (England).

Hockey India Secretary-General and Hero Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the appointment of well experienced technical officials from different countries is a major step towards ensuring that the league is technically well conducted.

“We have already appointed Steve Catton as Competitions Director for the league who was also Competitions Director for the European Hockey League,” he said.

Five Technical Officers — Rakesh Bhatia, Feeroz Khan, Rajendra Shelar, Ashutosh Verma and Faiyaz Qureshi (all from India) — will conduct the matches at five cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Jalandhar, Lucknow and Ranchi.

Sonia Bathla, Davinder Bhatia, Kalvin d’Cruz, Nidhi Gupta, Khalid Hussain, Michael Lal, Milind Narwekar, Harinder Sangha, Anjali Sharma and Avinash Srivastava (all from India) are part of a 10-member Judges Panel of the league.

On the field, Michael Eilmer (Aut), Murray Grime (Australia), Marcello Servetto (Spain), Gary Simmonds (South Africa), Anil Kumar, Raghu Prasad, Gurinder Sangha, Javed Shaikh, Ripudaman Sharma, Suresh Thakur Kumar, Pankaj Tyagi and Harsha Vardhan (all from India) are the 12 umpires who will officiate in 34 matches.

Lt Col Bibhu Nayak, doctor for men’s national team, has been appointed as the Medical Officer for the tournament.

(This article was published on January 4, 2013)
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