28 Feb 2012

Hockey back on India's front pages

6:17 am on 28 February 2012

Hockey, which remains India's official national sport, is dominating the country's sports pages again following the men's team's qualification for this year's Olympic tournament.

The cricket-obsessed nation, deflated by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's under-performing team in Australia, celebrated yesterday after the mens hockey team booked a place in London with an 8-1 demolition of France in the final of the qualifying tournament in New Delhi.

The winners of eight Olympic gold medals failed to qualify for the Beijing games four years ago, missing the Olympics for the first tme since 1928.