Champions Trophy hockey 2011 venue change
Champions Trophy hockey 2011 was earlier fixed to host in India but now due to some disputes among India hockey and Indian hockey federation, The venue for 2011 Champions Trophy hockey was shifted from India to Auckland, New Zealand. Starting date of Champions Trophy hockey 2011 was December 3 2011 to December 11 2011. New Zealand was excited in getting the venue for 2011 Champions Trophy hockey. The complete schedule for 2011 Champions Trophy hockey is not yet fixed. It will be confirmed in the coming days.
Words of International Hockey Federation (FIH) about 2011 Champions Trophy hockey shift
"New Zealand, ranked number seven in the world, will replace India in the Champions Trophy. India was originally allotted a place in the Champions Trophy as the host, but has now been extended an invitation to play as the top-seeded team at the Champions Challenge in November in South Africa,"
"It is always tough to move an event out of any country, but I have to say that the silver lining is the bid from New Zealand," Negre words in the FIH statement
"New Zealand will put on a first-rate Champions Trophy and has been extremely flexible and professional given the tough circumstances and tight timeline. I know that they will do an excellent job hosting the event."
Words from Hockey New Zealand Chief Executive Hilary Poole
"It is a privilege to be hosting this event. We have been overwhelmed how quickly our key partners have come together to offer support to ensure this is a truly fantastic event. We have the structure in place and with work already underway, we are confident that we can deliver a world-class event in a short timeframe,"
Words from FIH Competitions Committee Chairman Ken Read after visiting New Zealand conditions
"After seeing the facilities and infrastructure first hand I am very confident that Hockey New Zealand is prepared to host a great event for the athletes and supporters,"
It is s great shame for Indian Hockey that the venue is lost to India and may be for ever. The authorities in Hockey in India is answerable for the mishap. On one side, our POOR hockey players have bring laurels winning the Champions Cup beating the arch rival PAKISTAN by a good margin of 4-2 and on the other side, the Hockey associations fight each for their supremacy on the sport. The Ajay maken bill should be passed and made applicable for all and the current authorites should be grounded immediately particularly for HOCKEY.