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Prime Time Colonial Hockey League

It's a sport that is said to be our national game but hockey is fast going down the popularity chart all over the country. The infighting in the association, both at the national and State level, has left players confused and very few children are keen on taking up the game these days in Kerala.

But a group of former hockey players, under the banner of Hockey Cochin, along with the event-management company Prime Time Events have come together to conduct a tournament that promises to bring the glamour back to the sport and raise its noise level.

The Prime Time Colonial Hockey League will be held at the Parade Ground in Fort Kochi on February 10 and 11. The CHL logo and mascot, Dolphie the dolphin, were launched at the Grand Hotel here.

Live bands

Conceived by Prime Time Events, the five-a-side tournament will have live bands performing during breaks, cheer girls and a food festival too to draw a crowd. A DJ and an MC will also be in action to pump up the crowd.

“We want to give a different feel to hockey, this will be a new experience for the people coming in,” said M. Ayoobi, the Managing Director of Prime Time Events.

“Twelve teams, including Chennai's Income Tax and Halls HC, Kollam's SAI and Travancore Cobras from Thiruvananthapuram, will be seen in action and most of the matches will be played under lights,” said C. Jojo, the President of Hockey Cochin.

The CHL, despite its name, will however be a knockout event with 20-minute matches that promise to produce fast-paced action.

K.V. Thomas, the Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food, will inaugurate the two-day tournament on Friday evening and Dominic Presentation, MLA, will give away the prizes on Saturday night.

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