Hockey loses sheen to cricket in Ludhiana colleges
Once known as a nursery of Olympians and Indian hockey team players, Arya College and SCD Government College are failing to motivate and encourage the students to play this game today. Hockey, once a prominent game of the country, is losing its sheen to cricket in the city that has produced stars of country's senior hockey team.punjab Updated: Aug 21, 2015 23:22 IST
Once known as a nursery of Olympians and Indian hockey team players, Arya College and SCD Government College are failing to motivate and encourage the students to play this game today. Hockey, once a prominent game of the country, is losing its sheen to cricket in the city that has produced stars of country's senior hockey team.
The prominent colleges, including SCD Government College, Arya College and Guru Nanak Khalsa College, are struggling hard to form their hockey teams. Students of these prominent colleges are not keen on playing this game these days. Principals of some of the colleges claim that students are not opting for.
Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College has its hockey team from the past 20 years and has also won many tournaments. SCD Government College and Arya College had many winners who had won world-wide competitions. However, there are some villages where hockey is still a favourite among youth.
Ludhiana hockey players, who studied from these prominent colleges, are Jagdeep Singh Gill, Sukhbir Grewal, Gurdeep Pannu, Jagdeep Gill, Iqbaljit Singh Grewal and Hardeep Singh Grewal.
Jagdeep Singh Gill and Hardeep Singh Grewal are from Arya College that played for the country. Sukhbir Singh Grewal, who studied from Arya College, is director of the Hockey India Association.
Iqbal Singh from SCD Government College played 1984 Olympics and Dalbir Singh Boparai, who is also from the same college, played Junior World Cup of Hockey at Vancouver, Canada.
Harjot Singh, a school student, said, "Nowadays, students are least interested in the game due to lack of promotion and motivation by the coaches. Cricket is one of the favorite game of the students. Moreover, the government should give incentives and special treatment to hockey players so that students get motivated."
According to hockey experts, hockey is losing its identity day-by-day in the society. Principal of SCD Government College Dharam Singh said, "Students coming to our college are not keen on opting hockey as they have lost interest in the game. Passion for the game should be inculcated at school level."
Principal of the Arya College Tejpal Singh said, "The students are not taking interest in playing hockey that is why we are not able to form a hockey team in the college from the past several years. The government should take steps to motivate students to play the game."
District sports officer Satpal Singh said, "Students are not interested in playing hockey as the government has made several academies in different districts for the game. Nowadays, students have interest in sports just for getting gradation certificate."