Today (August 01, 2012, Wednesday) Google is featuring “Hockey” by showing the Doodle “London 2012 Hockey“. This is the Sixth Doodle for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
The event is taking place from Sunday 29 July to Saturday 11 August 2012.
Men’s Hockey made its debut at the London 1908 Games. The first women’s Olympic Hockey competition was held at the Moscow 1980 Games.
Hockey demands speed, stamina and a mastery of intricate hand-eye coordination.Hockey is Played by teams of 11 on an outdoor pitch.Players use hook-shaped sticks to advance a hard ball towards their opponents’ goal. Matches are played over two halves of 35 minutes each.
The hockey pitches are 91.4m long and 55m wide. The goals at each end are 3.66m wide and 2.14m high. Each goal is surrounded by a D-shaped shooting circle. The penalty spot at either end is 6.4m from the goal.
For the first time ever at the Olympic Games, the London 2012 hockey pitch is blue, rather than green.
All matches will be played at the brand-new Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park.