Essay On Hockey In Marathi Language
The International Hockey Federation was founded in 1924 taking the predominantly British game to the world.
The earliest mention of the present day game dates back to 1527, when the Galway Statutes in Scotland prohibited the game of 'hokie'- the hurling of little ball with the aid of sticks or staves.The game can either be played on a grass field or on the turf, a specially made mat-like material.India’s performance in Hockey at various international forums was phenomenal during 1920-1950’s period and that was probably why the sport became accepted as national sport in the country.The first hockey club in India was established in Calcutta in 1855.The Bengal Hockey was the first hockey association in India and was founded in 1908.Each player has a hockey stick, 150-200 cm long slender shaft, ending in a flattened extension known as the blade.Maximum permitted weight of the hockey stick is 737 grams. The stick is flat on the playing side and is generally made of hickory or mulberry wood.India competed in Olympics held in Amsterdam for the first time in 1928.Rules For long the game was played in two halves, 35 minutes each but the rules changed in 2014 when 4 halves of 15 minutes each were introduced. There are 11 players to a side among whom 10 are on the field and one is the goal-keeper.The objective of the game is to hit, dribble and push the ball around the field and attempt to shoot it past the goalkeeper into the goal.The field players are not allowed to hold, kick or carry the ball.