Chennai, 14th August 2023: During the course of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 40 nominated candidates undertook the FIH Academy – AHF Technical Officials and Umpires Level 1 Course. The candidates were nominated on the basis of their performance in the domestic circuit over the last 3 years.

Ms Elisabeth Fuerst and Mr Sasidharan Vasudhevan, FIH Academy Educators, were appointed by Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to elevate and upskill the nominated candidates, empowering them with the tools they require to make more informed decisions during tournaments.

Commenting on the competence of the candidates Ms Elisabeth Fuerst, FIH Academy Educator said, “The level of the candidates was pretty high coming into the course itself, they already had the knowledge that they required so we looked at applying that knowledge of rules and regulations in real life complex situations and arriving at the right decisions.”

“The next course will be the FIH Academy – AHF Technical Officials and Umpires Level 2 and we have planned for it later this year. I am confident they can do well in this course as well and improve the standards of officiating in the country,” Fuerst shed light on the way forward for the candidates.

“I hope they are taking something away from this course, they will have more clarity on how to deal with various situations, how to apply the rules and regulations well and how to take good decisions in situations that they haven’t encountered before,” Elisabeth added.

Mr. Sasidharan Vasudhevan, FIH Academy Educator, praised the candidates who participated in the FIH Academy – AHF Technical Officials and Umpires Level 1 Course, saying that the “nominated candidates not only arrived with prior knowledge of umpiring but also showcasing remarkable potential.”

“They were also thoughtfully placed in their appropriate age groups, which added to their genuine enthusiasm for the course and umpiring in hockey events around the world,” he added.

The Asian Hockey Federation organised the FIH Academy – AHF Technical Officials and Umpires Level 1 Course to broaden the knowledge of Technical Officials and Umpires. The aforementioned courses were held during the recently concluded Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023. Ms. Elisabeth Fuerst and Mr. Sasidharan Vasudhevan, esteemed FIH Academy Educators, led the courses, imparting invaluable knowledge and skills to our candidates and expanding their understanding of officiating in hockey.

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Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) – Major Team Partner

Sports Authority of India (SAI)

Shiv Naresh 


HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in Coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016 and 2021, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India brought the Indian Men’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world. Hockey India is also dedicated to getting the Indian Women’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world.

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Odisha – the Eastern State of India – is known for its love for Hockey and over the years it has evolved to be the Global Hub of Hockey. The State successfully hosted the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, followed by the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha, FIH Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and FIH Hockey Pro League 2020-21. Odisha has previously hosted the Champions Trophy 2014 and the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Odisha also hosted the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.

Kalinga Lancers, the team owned by the State, were the winners in the Hockey India League 2017. Taking a step further towards realising the dream of restoring the glory of Indian Hockey at the global level, the State is sponsoring the Indian Hockey Teams till 2033.

Odisha also hosted the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.

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