Vastavam web: India’s Deepak Joshi was today promoted to the FIH Promising List (Outdoor Hockey) umpires.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the decision today.Joshi hails from Haldwani, Uttarakhand and was a former national-level hockey player for his state team. However, the 29-year-old decided to switch to umpiring in 2010-11 after completing his Diploma in Sports Coaching from the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala.With the support of the Hockey India Umpiring, Technical and Competitions Committee, Joshi excelled in the domestic circuit and was rewarded with a chance to umpire at the international level in 2015 when he officiated in the U21 6-Nations Tournament in Breda, Netherlands.
Joshi did not look back after getting recognised by the Hockey India Umpiring, Technical and Competitions Committee as one of the top young umpires in the country. I am very honoured to have been promoted to the FIH Promising List (Outdoor Hockey). It has been a great learning curve for me in the past six-seven years and I would like to credit Hockey India and its Umpiring, Technical and Competitions Committee for providing the right support and facilities,” Joshi said. Congratulating Joshi, Hockey India’s Secretary General, Md. Mushtaque Ahmad said, I would like to extend my congratulations to Deepak Joshi on being promoted to FIH’s Promising List. It brings me immense joy to see that India is being represented strongly on the International circuit when it comes to umpires.