Is hockey no longer alive in West Bengal?Hockey has never been very popular in West Bengal. Very few young men and women play hockey compared to men or women playing football, cricket, badminton, table tennis and even tennis. Hockey has always been confined to 3 to 5 schools in Central Calcutta and in St. Xaviers' College, again in Central Calcutta.
Surprisingly however, Bengal has produced some great hockey players with such a limited pool of players. Keshav Dutt, legendary Leslie Caludius, Gurbaux Singh, Ves Paes, Robert Claudius and Baljeet Saini played for India and won many laurels for the country.
Unfortunately, Bengal hockey has been dying a very fast death during the last ten years. The number of clubs with hockey teams are dwindling. The hockey fields are not maintained. Even the prestigious Beighton Cup is being organised in a very miserable manner.
Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) must immediately take note of the miserable condition of hockey in West Bengal and take immediate steps to revive the game, at least in Kolkata.