Mr A K Mattoo, President, Hockey India remarked, “That the Hero Honda FIH World Cup is now presented by SAIL marks a great moment for Indian Hockey and is a huge fillip for the sport and for this immensely important event. That we have been able to attract such blue-chip corporate supporters is precisely what the sport of hockey needs in India. This sponsorship will go a long way towards ensuring the delivery of a truly world-class Event. My heartfelt thanks to all at SAIL for this very significant commitment to hockey. “
The present Indian hockey team will look to reclaim its past glory in the 12th edition of the tournament, this time on home turf. India will have to face stiff challenge from the 11 other competing teams, vying for hockey’s biggest prize.
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is the leading steel-making company in India. It is a fully integrated iron & steel maker, producing both basic and special steels for domestic construction, engineering, power, railway, automotive and defence industries and for sale in export markets. Ranked amongst the top ten public sector companies in India in terms of turnover, SAIL manufactures and sells a broad range of steel products, including hot and cold rolled sheets and coils, galvanised sheets, electrical sheets, structurals, railway products, plates, bars and rods, stainless steel and other alloy steels.
SAIL produces iron & steel at five integrated plants and three special steel plants located principally in the eastern and central regions of India and situated close to domestic sources of raw materials, including iron ore, limestone and dolomite mines. The company has the distinction of being India’s second largest producer of iron ore and of having the country’s second largest mines network. This gives SAIL a competitive edge in terms of captive availability of inputs for steel making.
Involved in promotion of sports since the early 1950s, when its production units and steel townships were being constructed, SAIL has established six academies across the country which impart training in Hockey, Football, Athletics and Archery.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world governing body for hockey, is based in Lausanne, Switzerland and was founded in 1924. Currently, 127 National Associations are members of the FIH. Hockey is played at all five continents. In 2008, hockey celebrated 100 years as an Olympic Sport. FIH has engaged Commune Sports & Entertainment as its exclusive marketing agent in India.
For further contact: Arjen Meijer, FIH Communications Manager, email@example.com. +41 79 619 77 34
Some useful information
The Hockey World Cup, is an international field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The tournament was started in 1971. It is held every four years, bridging the four years between the Summer Olympics
Five countries have dominated the event's history. Pakistan is the most successful team, having won the tournament four times. The Netherlands have won three titles, and Germany has won two titles. India and Australia each have won the tournament once.
In 2008, hockey celebrated 100 years as an Olympic Sport.
The FIH World Cup will be played in India for the second time in the history of Hockey.
India is among a privileged few countries to have played in all the World Cups held so far.
World Cup hockey has been held at least once across all continents.