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11-18-2012, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyrolean View Post
They should have a team in India as it is the second most populous nation. Does India have ice hockey at all?

Also Mongolia would be ok too.
India used to be good at field hockey, but that's an entirely different sport. The only markets in India that would be suitable for ice hockey, in terms of having winters, would be mountainous border regions in the north. But those areas aren't very populated. Shimla, Manali, and Srinagar. The former two have populations less than 200,000, and the latter is in Kashmir, which... isn't the safest place to be.

In summary, I don't see a bright future for hockey in India. There is an ice rink in a few cities; I think Chandigarh or Delhi has an ice rink. Still, India is not the market to go after at this point. Cricket absolutely dominates the sports landscape, and outside of cricket, India isn't really into sports or athletics (look at their Olympics performances or even their Olympics viewership).

From reading other posts, in terms of Asia, Japan seems like a wonderful opportunity. It would take a lot of work to make it viable, but hopefully someone with the resources and competence does it.

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