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India’s glorious past in Asian Games Hockey (1958-2010)

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India has made podium finish 13 times out of 14 Asian Games Hockey Competition

In 2014 Asian Games Hockey Competition, the game will be played in a new format. The game will be played in four quarters of 15 minutes each instead of the regular two halves. Now this format will be interesting as each team will get the opportunity to regroup them-selves with new strategy.

When we think of Asian Games Hockey, we always dream that Indian Hockey team will win gold. Such is the high expectation that the Indians have on Hockey Team. And why not? We are the powerhouse of hockey. Till 1960s, India was unbeatable in hockey. Pakistan got the better of India on few occasions, but India is still one of the strongest nations in this sport. 

Coming back to Asian Games, India has made a podium finish 13 times out of 14 Asian Games Hockey Competitions. But the yellow medal was won only twice. Let us get back to the old days and recollect the memories of Indian Hockey in Asian Games.

1958 Asian Games – Favourite India Settled with Silver Medal

In 1958 Asian Games at Tokyo, Hockey was first introduced in the games with 5 nations participating. The Tournament was played in League Format. India drew with arch rivals Pakistan, but thrashed Japan, Malaysia and South Korea. India were favourites to win the Gold Medal as they were the Olympic Champions, but with better goal difference Pakistan took the Gold Medal and India had to settle with Silver Medal.

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1958

Group Stage

India

Japan

Won

8-0

1958

Group Stage

India

South Korea

Won

2-1

1958

Group Stage

India

Malaya

Won

6-0

1958

Group Stage

India

Pakistan

Draw

0-0


1962 Asian Games – Favourite India finish second

In 1962 Asian Games at Jakarta, 9 teams participated in hockey competition. India was in Group A along with Malaya, Hong Kong, South Korea.

As expected India qualified for semifinals convincingly and defeated Japan in semifinal. However, India lost to Olympic Champions Pakistan in Final and again settled for Silver Medal.

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1962

Group Stage

India

Malaya

Won

3-0

1962

Group Stage

India

South Korea

Won

5-0

1962

Group Stage

India

Hong Kong

Won

4-0

1962

Semifinals

India

Japan

Won

7-0

1962

Finals

India

Pakistan

Lost

0-2

               

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1966 Asian Games – India Finally Won Gold Medal

In 1966 Bangkok Asian Games, 8 teams participated. India was in Group B along with Malaysia, South Korea and Ceylon. India as expected went into the knockout stage by winning all their matches. In semifinal, India defeated Japan 3-0.

As expected the final was between India and Pakistan. Olympic Champions India finally won the Gold Medal by beating Pakistan 1-0.

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1966

Group Stage

India

Malaysia

Won

1-0

1966

Group Stage

India

South Korea

Won

1-0

1966

Group Stage

India

Ceylon

Won

3-0

1966

Semifinals

India

Japan

Won

3-0

1966

Finals

India

Pakistan

Won

1-0


1970, 1974, 1978 & 1982 Asian Games – India won Silver Medals

In 1970 Asian Games at Bangkok 8 teams participated in Hockey event. The final was played between India and Pakistan and once again Pakistan finished with Gold Medal.

In 1974 Asian Games at Teheran, the hockey competition was played with 6 nations and in league Format. India drew with Pakistan and defeated Malaysia, Japan, Sri Lanka and Iran. Since both India and Pakistan was tied on points, a play-off was played to decide the gold medal winner. In the play-off, India lost to Pakistan and thus settled for yet another Silver Medal.

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1974

League

India

Japan

Won

3-0

1974

League

India

Iran

Won

12-0

1974

League

India

Sri Lanka

Won

7-0

1974

League

India

Malaysia

Won

2-0

1974

League

India

Pakistan

Draw

1-1

1974

Playoff

India

Pakistan

Lost

0-2


In 1978 Asian Games at Bangkok, 8 teams participated in Hockey event. However, the story was same as India lost to Pakistan and settled for Silver Medal.

In 1982 Asian Games was hosted by New Delhi with 8 teams participating at Hockey Event. Expectation was high as India was playing in front of home crowd, but the story was different in final as India lost to Pakistan conceding Seven Goals.

1986 Asian Games – India Settled with Bronze Medal

In 1986 Asian Games at Seoul, 9 teams participated in hockey competition. India was placed in Group A along with South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.

India drew their opening game with South Korea but won the rest matches in Group A. however, India had to play Pakistan in semifinal as they finished second in other group behind Malaysia. In the semifinal despite showing much better performance, India lost to arch rivals Pakistan by 1-3 in extra time. Finally India won Bronze medal defeating Malaysia 4-1 in third place playoff.

First time in the history of Asian Games hockey, the world missed out an Indo-Pak dual in Final.

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1986

Group Stage

India

South Korea

Draw

1-1

1986

Group Stage

India

Japan

Won

3-1

1986

Group Stage

India

Thailand

Won

11-0

1986

Group Stage

India

Hong Kong

Won

10-0

1986

Semifinal

India

Pakistan

Lost

1-3

1986

Third Place Playoff

India

Malaysia

won

4-1


1990 & 1994 Asian Games – India won Silver Medal

In 1990 Beijing Asian Games, 7 nations participated in Hockey event.  However, this time the story was slightly different as India lost to Pakistan and settled for yet another Silver Medal.

In 1994 Asian Games at Hiroshima, 9 nations participated. India was in Group B along with South Korea, China and Bangladesh. India moved to semifinal unbeaten. In semifinal India defeated hosts Japan by a solitary goal. This time India played South Korea in final as they defeated Pakistan in Shoot out in Semifinal. However, story was same for India as they lost by 2-3 in final against the Koreans.

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1994

Group Stage

India

South Korea

Won

3-1

1994

Group Stage

India

China

Won

3-0

1994

Group Stage

India

Bangladesh

Won

1-0

1994

Semifinal

India

Japan

Won

1-0

1994

Final

India

South Korea

Lost

2-3


1998 Asian Games – India won Gold Medal after 32 Years

In 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok, 10 nations participated which was the highest participation till date in hockey competition. India started with a bang as they defeated Singapore, Bangladesh, China and South Korea in group stage. In the semifinals, India defeated Japan 3-1. In the final, India again faced South Korea. In the regulation time the match finished at 1-1. However in penalty strokes, India won by 5-3. Goalkeeper Ashish Ballal was the hero of the final, saving two penalty strokes. India won its first Asian Games hockey gold in 32 years. None of the 16 players in the Indian team was even born when India won the Asian Games hockey gold for the first time in 1966. It was no doubt a huge day for India as earlier in the year India finished a disappointing 9th place in World Cup Hockey.  

Year

Stage

India

Against

Result

Scoreline

1998

Group Stage

India

Singapore

Won

9-0

1998

Group Stage

India

Bangladesh

Won

7-0

1998

Group Stage

India

China

Won

2-1

1998

Group Stage

India

South Korea

Won

2-1

1998

Semifinal

India

Japan

Won

3-1

1998

Final

India

South Korea

Won

1-1, 5-3


In 2002 Asian Games, at Busan, India once again had to settle with Silver as India lost to South Korea. In 2006 Asian Games at Doha, India showed their worst ever performance as they finished a disappointing 5th Place. In 2010 Asian Games India won their Second Bronze Medal.

 Women’s Hockey:

Indian Women’s Team has made Podium finish 4 times

Women’s hockey was included in Asian Games from 1982. In the inaugural event, India won the Gold Medal. However after 1982, India has made the final only once in 1998 when they lost to South Korea. Unlike Men’s team, Women’s team had qualified for the semifinals every time. India has also won 2 Bronze Medals in 1986 and 2006.

ASIAN GAMES - HOCKEY MEN

SL.NO

YEAR

VENUE

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

1

1958

TOKYO

PAKISTAN

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA

2

1962

JAKARTA

PAKISTAN

INDIA

MALAYSIA

3

1966

BANGKOK

INDIA

PAKISTAN

JAPAN

4

1970

BANGKOK

PAKISTAN

INDIA

JAPAN

5

1974

TEHERAN

PAKISTAN

INDIA

MALAYSIA

6

1978

BANGKOK

PAKISTAN

INDIA

MALAYSIA

7

1982

NEW DELHI

PAKISTAN

INDIA

MALAYSIA

8

1986

SEOUL

SOUTH KOREA

PAKISTAN

INDIA

9

1990

BEIJING

PAKISTAN

INDIA

MALAYSIA

10

1994

HIROSHIMA

SOUTH KOREA

INDIA

PAKISTAN

11

1998

BANGKOK

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA

PAKISTAN

12

2002

BUSAN

SOUTH KOREA

INDIA

MALAYSIA

13

2006

DOHA

SOUTH KOREA

CHINA

PAKISTAN

14

2010

GUANGZHOU

PAKISTAN

MALAYSIA

INDIA

 

ASIAN GAMES - HOCKEY WOMEN

SL.NO

YEAR

VENUE

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

1

1982

NEW DELHI

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA

MALAYSIA

2

1986

SEOUL

SOUTH KOREA

JAPAN

INDIA

3

1990

BEIJING

SOUTH KOREA

CHINA

JAPAN

4

1994

HIROSHIMA

SOUTH KOREA

JAPAN

CHINA

5

1998

BANGKOK

SOUTH KOREA

INDIA

CHINA

6

2002

BUSAN

CHINA

SOUTH KOREA

JAPAN

7

2006

DOHA

CHINA

JAPAN

INDIA

8

2010

GUANGZHOU

CHINA

SOUTH KOREA

JAPAN

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