New Delhi:Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken, released a book on women hockey today in a simple function. While lauding the book, ‘Glimpses of Indian Women Hockey’ authored by hockey historian and chronicle K. Arumugam, he reiterated government of India’s commitment to improve the lot of sports, in particular our national game, hockey. “Our women hockey has rich history which this book traces graphically.
This book highlights their achievements for the benefit present generation. Our women players need encouragement and their work need to be highlighted”, he said. Author Arumugam said: ‘I covered hockey both at home and abroad for over two decades. They won many tournaments and also lost some of them very narrowly. Its my duty and pleasure to chronicle their moments of joy and despair in equal measure”. According to the author, the highlight of the book is compilation of data on history, vintage images, tournament details (1953 to till now) and profile of about 210 players.
“These data are rare, and are brought to public domain for the first time through this book. It took regular research for over many years. The significance of these data lie in the fact that no reliable literature was available”. The 150-page book was published by the Delhi based Field Hockey Publications,