No doubt this was the enduring feeling of most people who thoroughly enjoyed the London 2012 Olympics and didn’t want it to end – except maybe for the exhausted volunteers and FIH Staff.
It was a fabulous Games, superbly organised and with great spirit. The volunteers were outstanding and constant applause for their efforts interrupted Lord Sebastian Coe’s speech at the Closing Ceremony.
The hockey competition was excellent with the Stadium generally packed to capacity. There is no doubt hockey benefits at an Olympic Games in a country where there has been a long established hockey “culture”. The Sydney and London Games in recent times have played before appreciative crowds with good knowledge of hockey. The organisational backing of Great Britain Hockey/Hockey England undoubtedly contributed to the quality and atmosphere of the hockey competition.
Congratulations to The Netherlands Women’s Team and German Men’s Team for winning the gold medals, as well as the other medallists.
However, there were many moments or cameos that fascinated hockey lovers:
Some of the areas where the hockey competition can improve are not entirely within the FIH’s control at present such as TV cameramen with hockey experience. The television umpire referral needs to be refined. The scoreboard and big screen/s need to provide more information and be more inter-active with the spectators.
Having said all that my view is that given the success of the hockey tournament and the exciting hockey played I would be surprised if we have not strengthened our position in the Olympic sporting family.
Steve Jaspan is Chair of the FIH High Performance and Coaching Advisory Panel and contributes a monthly column to the FIH website, Viewpoint.
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