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“Dynamics of Hockey won’t be changed,” FIH President Tayyab Ikram on new PC rule

“Dynamics of Hockey won’t be changed,” FIH President Tayyab Ikram on new PC rule

“There have been some very positive changes in the rules. Some countries are already undergoing the trial, said FIH Chief Tayyab Ikram.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Tayyab Ikram on Wednesday asserted that the dynamics of the sport would not be compromised at any cost when they try out the proposed penalty corner rule. According to the proposed rule, all attackers except the pusher at the backline must start at least 5 metres outside the striking circle – called the ‘D’ which is 12 metres from the goal post. The ball must travel outside the dotted line, which is five metres beyond the ‘D’ before it can be played back into the striking circle for a shot on goal.

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There have been some positive changes in the rules: FIH chief Ikram

The new rule is being tried out for safety of PC defenders which will give them more time to react to situations while rushing out to defend drag-flicks that are generally struck at a pace around 150kmph.

But the FIH is moving cautiously and wants to take everyone into confidence, as it knows if the new rule is implemented, it will spell the doom for the art of drag-flick.

“There have been some very positive changes in the rules. Some countries are already undergoing the trial, and I am taking their views, reviews on the same, along with taking their ideas, which have been encouraging so far,” FIH chief Ikram said during a media interaction.

“The best idea that I have received so far is that I was told by one of the captains that whatever the rule change is, the dynamics of the sport should not be changed. If speed is the issue, then other elements need to be taken care of. And, I completely agree with these points.”

Asked about how the FIH will focus on creating heroes to make the new PC rule appear more efficient, Ikram said, “I cannot agree more. We can look at things in a way where we can protect our players and that’s something we need to continue working on.” “But, you cannot have heroes when there is no glamour. And, there is a dedicated team working on how to transform these athletes into heroes.” FIH announces new empowerment program.

“Under our empowerment program, we are working on how we can empower our national associations. FIH is not about Pro League or World Cup or Olympics. FIH was made up of 140 nations. So, we need to be there for them,” he said.

“It has compelled me to introduce a new strategy, the Empowerment and Engagement Strategy, which has four to five strong features. It includes 15 to 45 new hockey pitches to be installed by 2024. “Also, a high-performance input of 300 days to different nations, along with a new competition for second and third-tier nations at the FIH level, and around 200-plus days of grassroots coaching with the FIH experts.

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