ROURKELA,22/08/18:Odisha is organizing World Cup hockey for the first time and it will be a different one, as some hockey lovers said. Odisha Govt. has also taken various promotional activities for making it successful. Few hockey lovers in Rourkela have come up to celebrate the same in a unique way. This time respected hockey player and coach Reshma Lakra has displayed a distinctive approach in celebrating the same by arranging hockey sticks and other sports accessories displaying countdown of Hockey Tournament. In the process 75, 50 and 25 days will be displayed in a beautiful way in Panposh Hockey Hostel. This has revealed by Chief Coach Birkram Swain of Panposh Sports Hostel and working president of Panposh Sports Association one of the leading sports organizations of the districts. This sports organization has been organizing national level hockey tournament for women in Rourkela and by doing this many sports talents have proved their mettle in the game of Hockey.
Bhubaneswar,20/08/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia for winning gold medals for India in the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta of Indonesia.
Vinesh won a gold medal in the 50kg women’s freestyle event, India’s first-ever gold in women’s wrestling, on the second day of the Asian Games 2018 on Monday.
Similarly, Bajrang Punia gave India its first gold medal at the 18th edition of Asian Games with an 11-8 victory over Japan’s Takatani Daichi in the men’s freestyle 65 kg final on Sunday.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter Patnaik wrote, “Congratulations Phogat Vinesh and Bajrang Punia for Wrestling your way to Gold for India. You have made India proud. My best wishes to all members of the Indian contingent for #AsianGames2018. Keep up the winning spirit.”
Apart from the gold medals, Deepak Kumar and Lakshay Sheoran of India won silver medals in Men’s 10m Air Rifle and Men’s Trap Singles events respectively. Besides, Ravi Kumar bagged bronze in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team and Apurvi Chandela in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team.
Bhubaneswar,18/08/18:Today DGP,Odisha Dr.Rajendra P.Sharma reviewed the entire security arrangements for the Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium.
Commissioner of police Mr.Satyajit Mohanty,Mr.Amitabh Thakur,IGP,Mr.Anup Sahoo,DCP and many senior police officers of Commissionerate, Secretary Sports Mr. Vishal Dev and other officials of the Government, Hockey India officials, event management officials and senior officers of State Police Headquarters attended. All aspects of Security including arrangements at the Stadium, traffic, parking etc was discussed. All issues were discussed threadbare.
Arrangements for the security and safety of players inside the stadium, their accommodations and during the daily movement of participating teams were inspected.Speaking to Press Dr.Sharma said,” We have the responsibility to ensure tight security at the venue for the VIPs, officials and guest delegations from other participating countries during the event,”.
Sources said the visitors would enter and exit the stadium through six gates during the league. Besides, special arrangements have been made for the security of the players during their stay in hotels and travel to the venue.
Angul,17/08/18:The interdepartmental football tournament Futsal – 2018, organised by the Jindal Officer Club (JOC) has been concluded in presence of a huge gathering. Team Josh, comprising players from CGP, RMHS, Logistic, CHP and Coal Washery emerged as the champion of the year by defeating team Royal Dynamos in 3-0 goals.
Damodar Mittal, EVP-Iron Making and General Secretary JOC and A.N. Tiwari, EVP-CGP graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest-of-Honor respectively and distributed trophies to the Winner and Runners-up teams.
This tournament was started on 08th of August with six teams comprising best players from different departments of JSPL, Angul.
Tamal Samanta and Mubarak Hussain of Team Josh won the Golden Boot Award whereas Swadesh Rout of the same team received the Best Player of the tournament award.
The tournament was organized under the supervision of Joint General Secretary of JOC & AVP Projects Mr. Ashish Pandey, office bearers and team members.
Bhubaneswar,09/08/18:Odisha's Sohini Sanjay Mohanty who knocked out Manipur's Nandini Laishram in the girls' singles semi-final, notched up an easy 6-1,6-0 win over Y Thoibi of Manipur in the final to emerge champion before claiming doubles title with Nandini Laishram.
Y Thoibi of Manipur sealed a 6-3, 6-2 win over Adrika Rajkumari of Assam in the semi-final final before conceding to Sohini Sanjay Mohanty.
Mohanty and Nandita capitalised on Assam's pair, Rima Taye and Adrika Rajkumari to pull off a 6-3, 6-1 win in the girls' doubles semi-final before enjoying 6-3, 6-2 win over Manipur's Y Thoibi and Sanareima Ningthemcha in the final.
Sohini S Mohanty from Odisha won the double crown by winning both singles & doubles title of Girls U12 event in AITA Championship series tennis tournament at Imphal,Manipur.
Today in singles final she defeated Yumnam Thoibi from Manipuri by 6-2,6-2 and in doubles final partnering with L Nandini Chanu defeated Y Thoibi and partner Sanareima M N C by 6-2,6-2.
New Delhi,(16/07/18):Football-fever in the world is over with world-cup final match played at Moscow (Russia) on 15.07.2018 between France and Croatia. Football is most favourite game in the world leaving cricket much behind being placed at number-seven. India once held number-one position in Hockey too, but that also vanished with cricket monopolizing in India with cricketers earning enormously through crores of rupees given annually to individual cricketers by Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) as salary, match-money and award money apart from huge income from other sources like from advertisements.
It is a matter of concern that world’s second largest populated country India with a population of more than 130 crores does not figure anywhere in world’s most favourite game of football, while Croatia with just about with a small population of just about 43 lakhs managed to reach to world-cup final. It is time that a planned craze may be developed in Indians to make football and hockey also their favourite game like Cricket so that India may also one dream of winning world-cup final in football. Playing football is also otherwise is healthy requiring strong bodies and sharp mind unlike cricket which is more or less a game of chance.
Bhubaneswar: Four players from Odisha have been included in the 18-member squad for the Women’s Hockey World Cup to be played in London next month.
They are defenders Deep Grace Ekka and Sunita Lakra, and midfielders Namita Toppo and Lilima Minz.
Forward Rani Rampal has named as the captain of India’s squad for the prestigious tournament which is slated to begin on July 21.
India have been placed in Pool B alongside hosts and world no. 2 England, world no. 7 USA and world no. 16 Ireland.
While experienced Rani will lead the team, goalkeeper Savita has been named as her deputy.
Indian women’s team:
Goalkeepers: Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar
Midfielders: Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur, Nikki Pradhan
Forwards: Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Udita.
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday visited Kalinga Stadium sports complex in Bhubaneswar and inspected the progress of the infrastructure works for the upcoming Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018.
“Reviewed the progress of work at Kalinga Stadium & happy to see the pace of the beautification and modernization work. I am assured that it will be completed well in time, ensuring a world-class hockey experience during Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018. #HWC2018,” the CM tweeted.
The 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup field hockey tournament. It is scheduled to be held from 28 November to 16 December 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
As many as 16 countries, including hosts India, will participate in the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup.
Patnaik was accompanied by Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev and other senior officials of the department.