ROURKELA,06/10/18:Odisha cyclist star Swasti Singh who had participated 5th Asian Track Cycling Championship, 2018 won the Gold medal for the country and made India proud. Rourkela Steel Plant(RSP) is known for producing sports legends have felicitated Swasti Singh by Ashwini Kumar, CEO, RSP, SAIL in a function organized at his office on 4th October, 2018 in presence of P K Pradhan, ED (P&A), N K Samantray, GM(Town Administration), Sushil Das, RSP Cycling Coach and Amar Singh father of Swasti Singh. She was felicitated with a memento. Ashwni Kumar after felicitating her congratulated her for the stupendous performance she has executed and expressed the hope that she will continue to bring glory for the country. Notably, Swasti Singh is the daughter of Amar Singh, a employee of RSP working in Oxygen Plant and a student of class-X at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector-6. She has been undergoing training under the cycling coach Sushil Das for the last 4 years and has won 2 Gold and 2 Silver Medals in the 38th Track Cycling Championship organized by Odisha Cycling Association representing RSP. She has also bagged the 4th position in 15 km event at National Road Cycling Championship held at New Delhi in 2016. This year she had bagged 3rd position in the 70th National Track Cycling Championship held at New Delhi in Janyary,2018. The glory what she has brought for the country is praise worthy and if she receives continuous advance coaching then she will get more medals.
ROURKELA,21/09/18:Rourkela SAIL Hockey Academy run by Rourkela Steel Plant has been producing international hockey players over these years and the latest edition is Shilanand Lakra. He has recently been inducted into India’s Junior team and also been made Vice Captain of the team to represent India in prestigious 8th Sultan Johar Cup-2018 to be played in Malaysia from 6th October, 2018. Alongside India the other team will be participating are New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Great Britain and the host Malaysia. Another boy, Pankaj Kumar Rajak from this Academy has also got a berth in the squad. Shilanand who plays in the forward already represented India in senior team this year and played in Malaysia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament. He scored his first international goal against England. He also represented Under 23 Six Nation Tournament played in Belgium in July this year. He has also represented Jr. national Team which won the Bronze Medal in 7th Sultan of Johor Cup held in Malaysia in October 2017. Notably, he is a resident of Kalijapathar village of Sundergarh district and his parents are his father Carlus Lakra and mother Mary Grace Lakra. He joined SAIL Hockey Academy in the year 2015 and since then he never looked back. He was taking coaching under Raju Kant Saini a NIS coach as well as Peter Tirkey, former National Junior India Hockey player who is also a Hockey coach with RSP.
Bhubaneswar,10/09/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday felicitated four Odia girls in the national women’s hockey team and two in the men’s hockey team for their success in the recently concluded 18th Asian Games.
CM Naveen Patnaik handed over cash reward of Rs 1 crore each to four Odia woman hockey team players for clinching silver in the Asian games, at the secretariat here. CM Naveen Patnaik also presented Rs 50 lakh each to two men’s hockey team players who bagged bronze in the Asiad.
On the occasion,CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated the hockey players for their remarkable success in the Asian Games and said they have made India as well as Odisha proud. The CM promised that the state government would provide necessary help to them in future.
The Odia women hockey players who received Rs 1 crore cash rewards are Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz and Deep Grace Ekka.
Similarly, Odia men’s hockey players- Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas received Rs 50 lakh each in recognition of their achievement in the Asian Games.
Jajpur,02/09/18:The small village of Gopalapur in Jajpur district has been in news ever since the village girl Dutee Chand (22) won two silver medals in 100 and 200 meter race in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
The state government has announced to give Dutee three corer rupees for her winning two medals. But the parents of Dutee are not in a mood to leave their traditional weaving work despite raining of money on their daughter.
“Despite the success of our daughter, we will not leave traditional weaving work. We have been weaving silk saris and towels since long. Weaving is our profession. Each day we weave around three to four hours. We get pleasure by weaving,“said,Chakradhar,the father of Dutee.
“We provided food, clothes and education to all my five daughters and a son by earning money as weavers. We faced many hard times in the past. Now our financial condition is good. We are extremely happy after knowing that the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik granted three corers of rupees to Dutee for her achievement . It is a huge amount for us “, said Aakhuji (57) the mother of Dutee while weaving a sari in her house.
Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, former finance minister, recalled Dutee’s hard work and said she rose to her present position by strong determination and conviction.
“Dutee is a self-made, she rose to her present position because of her hard work. I thank Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for sanctioning Rs 3 corer to Dutee for her accomplishment,” said Mr Ghadai.
ROURKELA,31/08/18:One of the premier Sports organizations, Panposh Sports Association has celebrated National Sports Day near Hockey Chawk, Panposh. As everybody knows, National Sports Day is celebrated in India to pay respect to the legendary Hockey Player, Dhyan Chand who was born on this date. Sundergarh has been contributing hockey players to National team since last 2 decades. Biswaranja Rath, Tahasildar was the Chief Guest of the event and garlanded in the photo of legendary Dhyan Chand. The chawk was decorated with flowers and many sports person and sports lovers have participated this occasion. Among other guests and sports personnel who present there were Susanta Behera, Sub-Collector, Arabinda Patra, renowned Kabaddi referee, Silver Toppo, Hockey Coach, Milton Belung, of Pansposh Sports Hostel, Hockey coach Nabin Majhi. This exclusive occasion was celebrated with all joy and many senior sports persons from Pansposh Sports Associations have participated and they were Bikram Swain, Working President, General Secretary, Susanta Behera, Organizing Secretary, Rup Narayan Singh, Mahesh Rajgandh, Chini Monika and Kanyakumari Samal. Members of Odisha Police and various sports organizations have also participated this event.
Report by: Rajesh Mohapatra,odishabarta
ROURKELA,27/08/18:Neeraj Chopra the flag bearer in this 18th Asian Games clinched the Gold medal after throwing 88.06 meter in Javelin which was a masculine effort, defeated others with a long distance. With this, he has broken his own record of 87.43 meter; a splendid job is done by any Indian athlete in track and field event. His first throw was 83.46 meter and continuously threw more than 82 meter excepting two attempts which went wrong. None other competitor came his closest. He has been performing very well in International javelin events. He also won a Gold medal in recently concluded Common Wealth Games with a throw of 86.47 meter. Before the event kick started, he was the favorite one for the crowd. He has shown tremendous patience and confidence which brought him this glory. After winning the event, in a conversation, he dedicated this medal to Atal Bihari Vajpayee to whom he respects the most. His achievement today was the cherry on the cake. There were other participants who won medals Sunday onwards and they are Dutee Chand (Silver medal in 100 meter for women),Hima Das (Silver Medal in 400 meter), Muhammed Anas (Silver Medals in 400 meter), Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Gold Medal in Shot Put), Dharun Ayyasamy (Mens400m Hurdles), Sudha Singh (Women’s 3000m Steeplechase)and Neena Varakil (Women’s Long Jump).
Neeraj Chopra after winning the Gold Medal, was congratulated by our Prime Minster, Narendra Modi through his Twitter account. Many veteran sports players have also congratulated him on this achievement and wished him a better luck ahead. Now he has become the young icon for many young budding athletes in the country. In his reaction he said he had worked hard for this and finally it paid him nicely. Great things come with great determination.
RORUKELA,26/08/18:The odia athlete, Dutee Chand who is a well known name in track and field events in India has won Silver medal in the prestigious Asian Games, 2018 event in 100 meter race (sprint)event which is the most sought event among all other Athletic events. This laurel what she has brought make us feel proud that a girl from an average background despite all odd, managed to win a medal in an International event. In the race last evening she timed 11.32 seconds, a tad below her own National record she had set for 11.29 seconds. This prestigious medal has come in 100M event after 20 years. She was running in lane number 7 and stood second after Odiong Edidiong of Baharain who timed 11.30 seconds. The event was so competitive that all three medal winners ran for a second difference from each other. All credit goes to Dutee the way she has struggled and now got this glory. Recently Dutee was left outside the purview of hyperandrogenism policy which was a great mental relief to her to pursue her career ahead. Earlier she fought to win a gender case against the International Federation at the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Anyway this achievement has taken away all her pain what she carried over these years. All senior Athletes from India including Sports Association and Naveen Patanik,CM of Odisha have congratulated her on this achievement.
Bhubaneswar,26/08/18:Sohini S Mohanty from Odisha won the double crown by winning both singles & doubles title of Girls U14 event in Championship Series(CS7) tennis tournament at Karnal, Haryana.
In the singles final she defeated second seed Maitreyi Phogat from Chandigarh by 6-2,7-6(5).Earlier in the semi-final she defeated top seed Angelina Singh(HR) by 6-1,6-1.,and in GU14 doubles final partnering with Divya Ungrish defeated Tamanna Narwal(CH) & partner Maitreyi Phogat(CH) by 6-4,2-6,(10-8).But in Girls U12 singles final she lost to second seed Maitreyi Phogat(CH) by 5-7,4-6.All the finals were played on Friday(24.08.18).