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Interview Of Zoltan Pavelka of Hungary

What does it mean for your players to go to Toronto Canada for the WC?
It means a lot to participate in a WC, for every athlete, as well for our ball hockey players. Between the 2 world championships, men and women, the players are preparing, training, struggling in the league to show the coaches that they deserve to have a place on the national team.

What training are you making with your players to be prepared for the challenge?
Most of the players are part of other sports like field hockey, floorball, ice hockey, which gives them the right condition; they can join the preparation at a later stage. Fortunately there are already some players with ball hockey as their major sport; they prepare the whole year. The national team will regularly meet from the middle of March on a weekly basis to prepare for Toronto. We are planning to organize friendly matches with Slovakian teams and we would like to invite the Slovakian team to Szekesfehervar which would be not only good for preparation but this would also to promote the sport.

How many players will you bring for the men and for the women's teams?
The high costs have unfortunately a big impact on our possibilities. We are planning to have 18-22 players per team at both, the Men's and the Women's WC. At the Women's WC we would like to surprise everyone, which would mean even the possibility to win a medal. We would like to bring a much stronger men's team than we did in Bratislava in 2011.

Do you hope for some local fan support of Hungarians in Canada?
A lot of Hungarians live in Canada, mostly in Toronto. We will definitely look for the Hungarian community there, to gain their support for the WC.

Is the sport growing in Hungary?
Ball hockey started in 2011 in Hungary. At that time 6 male and 3 female teams participated in the Hungarian Cup. In 2012 we had already 9 men and 4 women teams and the number of players increased as well. We organized the national league from May till September. In the national league we had more than 200 players this year.

What are the goals for Hungary for the next five years? Maybe hosting a WBHF event in future?
Our main goal is to promote ball hockey in Hungary. To be able to become an official sport association, we need 3 finished national leagues, at least 10 official clubs and 150 registered players, according to the Hungarian law. The third national league will be finished in 2013. Not all of the clubs are officially registered yet, they have to correct this, but we have enough players.

From 2013 we will start the "little ball hockey" (4v4). We expect from this, that the ball hockey would be played all year long and smaller teams could join the system.

We are planning to organize the first junior national league in 2013 (U18 and U14).

We would like to expand the season, from the current 4 months to 7-8 months.

We are interested in connecting with the neighboring countries, with Serbia, Austria and we would like to expand our good relationship with Slovakia.

We are hoping that in 2015 we can have 2 leagues for the men and we also hope that the women league will be stronger with more teams, and also that we can regularly organize the junior league.

Our national team will participate in all WBHF events! Our aim is to get the chance to organize a WBHF event. The European Championships, which was promised to us in 2003 by ISBHF, but was cancelled during the congress in February - a big disappointment for us. We lost some supporters, but we would like to prove to the international ball hockey society that we can organize a WBHF event. It would be a great chance to promote ball hockey in Hungary.

Last modified onMonday, 14 January 2013 21:57
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