Jamia becomes Inter varsity hockey champion after a gap of 20 years
OT, January 3, 2012 19:31 IST
Okhla Times Sport Reporter/JMI
Despite a glorious history in the field of hockey, central university Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) had to wait for 20 long years to become a champion. After the team reached the semis Jamia chances of winning the tournament brightened up. Also, there was jubilation all around with many JMI students, alumni and the team eyeing the cup. For the JMI hockey team it was a historic moment: this time or never.
The day at Jamia began in great anticipation with the final match being the talk of town. Many hockey buffs turned up at the Faculty of Education grounds at about 2 PM and rooted for their team that was to play against Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in the finals of the All India Inter Varsity Hockey (Men) Tournament Championship 2011-12.
They watched the history unfold on the ground as JMI managed to score two goals and this making sure to win the trophy. In return Guru Nanak Dev University players were not able to open their account despite some good stick work.
The result brought cheers on the face of fans, team and University Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung, who too was the chief guest. Jung congratulated the winning team and consoled the losing team by saying: “I every match one team has to lose and the other has to win”.
He further announced: “All the needs of the team will be taken care of by the university and over and above all their requirements each team member will be given a token amount of 5000 rupees to mark their success.” This announcement was met with great cheer from the team members.
While lifting the trophy with his team mates, the captain of Jamia hockey team Dinesh Mann said: “We will continue our winning streak in the future too”.
The coach of Jamia’s Hockey team, Mohd Moonis, expressed his satisfaction and said: “We are indeed very happy that this is the first time that after a gap of 20 years Jamia has lifted an Inter varsity trophy”.
Jamia Millia Islamia has had a glorious history in the field of hockey. In the current national team two of Jamia’s players play.
In the past too, Jamia has contributed 4 captains to the national hockey team. There are 3 Arjuna Awardee’s who have studied at Jamia and there are 20 other players from Jamia who have played at the international level.
Jamia Hockey Team had been performing exceedingly well all through the championship and at the end of the tournament they had scored an impressive number of 29 goals in five matches while conceding just one goal in the entire tournament.
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