|Governing Body:||Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS)|
Underwater hockey is also regarded as the Octopush, originated in the 1950s by the British Navy. The sport was invented to keep the navy soldiers in shape and fit and improve the efficiency under deep water.
It is a contact sport which is played between two teams to manoeuvre the hockey puck with the hockey stick or pusher at the bottom of a swimming pool.
The Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) is the international governing body of underwater hockey. The players require a diving mask, snorkels, playing stick, ear protector, fins, swimsuit, gloves and puck for the play.
Underwater Hockey is a team sport, played between two teams with ten players each side where only six players from each team participate. The players have to hit the hockey puck and touch the wall present above the goal. They usually follow a 3-3 format where 3 players play as offensive players and 3 as defensive players. The team, with maximum scores at the end, wins the match. All the players have to be underwater until there is a break or foul declared by the referee.
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