2014 Asian Games: Sreejesh Banks on Sunil's Pace as New Hockey Rules Come in Force

India hockey team upbeat ahead of Asian Games opener versus Sri Lanka on September 21. The Games will be played under new international rules.

updated: September 16, 2014 13:41 IST
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The Indian national hockey team during a training session at Incheon - venue for the 2014 Asian Games. (Image courtesy: Hockey India)

India, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallists, hope to ride hockey's new rules in the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The team's goalkeeper and vice-captain PR Sreejesh feels India have the players to soak the pace and power the new rules will demand. (Also read: Can India end hockey medal drought at Asian Games?)

International hockey has assumed a new format that includes moving to four 15-minute quarters and having 40-second time-outs when a penalty corner is awarded and after a goal is scored. Overall game time will move from 70 minutes (previously two 35-minute halves) to a 60-minute game with four 15-minute quarters.

The additional time-outs for penalty corners and after goals ensures that the new 60-minute format is primarily actual playing time and eliminates the dead time associated with penalty corner set up while allowing for teams to enjoy their goal celebrations.

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