ROURKELA,06/11/18:Prior to world Cup Hockey championship, which Odisha is organizing is for the first time the hockey fever is everywhere. Odisha Govt. under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik has taken enough steps to promote this world cip championship everywhere in the globe. In the process a hockey series of two games have planned between Odisha- and South Wales tem of Australia and the first mach was played in Bhubaneswar where Odisha team had defeated New South Wales team in the second match which was scheduled to play in Rourkela for the first time that any international match was being scheduled to play, played on Sunday at Biju Patnaik, Hockey Stadium which is managed and run by Rourkela Steel Plant. There were huge excitement among sports and specially hockey lovers in Rourkela. This match was played which was inaugurated by Honb’le Naveen Patnaik, CM of Odisha in front of huge crowd gathered to witness this event. As everybody know Sundergarh district is the mother district of producing Hockey stars who have represented International match for our country and proudly Dilip Tirkey is the best product this district has ever produced. This match was all exciting throughout the game and crowd present here had enjoyed the match to the fullest. In the first half Odisha-11 was managed with one goals scored by Prasanna Tirkey in the 28 minutes and then South Wales team had scored their successive two goals by Thomas Miuto. The foreign team managed to keep the lead and the crowd was all excited and cheers up for the home team. Odisha team then scored a goal and brings the goal tally to level but before the last few minutes of the game, South Wales team has scored another goal to end the score tally 3-2 and won the match. But since this was series of two games and each team has won one each, a penalty shootout was conducted which was ended 4-4. Finding no other option, sudden death penalty option was taken where Odisha team has scored one goal and won the series. The game which was played in Rourkela was all full of tension and excitement. Many viewers of the match thanked the initiative taken by Dilip Tirkey to conduct an international match in Rourkela. The prize distribution ceremony was held and the Chief Guest of the event was Chandra Sarathi Behera, Sports & Youth Services minster of Odisha. He gave away the prizes to the winner and runner-up team. Captain of South Wales team was declared Man of the Match where as Roshan Minz was adjourned as Man of the Match for the series. In this mega event other guests who present there were Subrat Tarai, MLA, Raghunathpalli and Chairman Planning Commission, Sundergarh, Sarda Nayak, Chairman, RDA, Dilip Tirkey, Chairman OTDC, Emma Ekka, President Zilla Parishad, Sushma Belung, Dy.Commissoner, RMC and Nirod Kumar Ray, Town Administrator, RSP.
ROURKELA,08/10/18: The 4th Intercity Gold Cup Hockey Tournament which was organized by Intercity Gold Cup Hockey Tournament Committee concluded yesterday. This committee has many International Hockey players in their different portfolios ,i.e Padma Shree, Dilip Tirkey as Patron, Michael Kindo, Lazrus Barla, Ignace Tirkey William Xalxo all are Olympians. This tournament had kick started from 21 st of Last month participated by many teams which was divided in two groups, one is rural group and the other one is Professional group. In the final match of Professional group which was held at 3 pm between Sports Hostel, Bhubaneswar and Sports Hostel, Rourkela. Match was very much exciting and Sports Hostel ,Bhubaneswar had defeated ,Sports Hostel, Rourkela in 2-1 goals to clinch the winner Trophy along with Rs.45,000 cash prize. The runner up team Sundergarh Sports Hostel had won Runner up Trophy and Rs.30,000 cash prize. In rural group there were 40 teams have participated from different districts, among them Karadapal Team of Deogarh stood numbe First followed by Dhodibahal as Second, Jareeikela as Third and Samalei Munda Team as Fourth team and won Rs.25,000, Rs.20,000,Rs.15,000 and Rs.10,000 respectively. This sporting gigantic event was well organized and in the Final match Santosh Amat, Chairman, Special Tribal Development Authority, Sundergarh had joined as Chief Guest and given away the prizes to different winners. This sporting event was witnessed by many other Guests and among them Sarda nayak, Chairman, RDA, Rourkela, Kedar Ranjan Pandey, GM(NTPC), Darlipali, Abhisek Agarwal, BNR, Barsuan were the few ones. All the matches were managed by Biswajit Sadangi, Nishajyoti Mohanty, Reshma Lakra, Jayant Kerketa and Parmeswar Marandi and their contribution could able to make this tournament a successful one.
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.