HOURS after members of the Indian ladies’s hockey staff broke down in tears after a courageous present towards Nice Britain in the summertime Olympics in Tokyo on August 6, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik advised them “they could have misplaced the match, however they’ve received over a billion hearts”.
Chatting with the celebs of the ladies’s hockey staff via video conferencing, he congratulated them for his or her efficiency and warranted them that Odisha would proceed to assist the staff. The gamers thanked Naveen Patnaik for the function he performed of their journey.
The five-time Chief Minister, who has additionally received the hearts of many for his authorities’s assist for the Indian males’s and girls’s hockey groups, invited the ladies’s hockey staff to Odisha to attend a reception in Bhubaneswar on August 17. The Indian males’s hockey staff can even be attending the reception.
Rani Rampal, captain of the Indian ladies’s hockey staff, tweeted with a video message: “Our journey to the Tokyo Olympics wouldn’t have been doable with out the assist and steerage of the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik.” She additionally thanked Naveen Patnaik for trusting their talents.
Naveen Patnaik tweeted in response: “Salute to the combating spirit of complete staff of Indian Ladies’s Hockey. You might be all champions and your spirited efficiency in Tokyo will proceed to encourage sportspersons for years to return.”
On August 5, a day earlier than the ladies’s staff’s combating spirit was mentioned throughout the nation, particularly in Odisha, Naveen Patnaik obtained a video message via social media from Manpreet Singh, captain of the Indian males’s hockey staff. Manpreet Singh’s stated in his Twitter publish: “This dream received’t be doable with out the encouragement and imaginative and prescient of Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik who has been supporting us all through this journey.”
The Chief Minister responded: “A billion salute to the proud captain and whole staff of Indian Males’s Hockey. Your second dwelling, Odisha is wanting ahead to welcome you on seventeenth August.”
Manpreet Singh posted his tweet quickly after Naveen Patnaik spoke to the victorious stars of the Indian males’s hockey staff and congratulated them on their spectacular defeat of Germany to win the bronze medal, giving the nation an Olympic hockey medal after 41 years. “This historic win at Tokyo will encourage a era of sportspersons,” the Chief Minister stated.
Whereas August 5 turned out to be a day of celebration when India beat Germany, August 6 turned a day of unhappiness as 1000’s of Indians watched the Indian ladies’s staff weep over their defeat within the bronze medal sport. It was proved on each days that no different sport in India has the emotional join that hockey has.
Dilip Tirkey, former captain of the Indian hockey staff who hails from Odisha, was unable to manage his tears as he watched the reside telecast of the match at his residence in Bhubaneswar. “These younger gamers, extremely proficient, have blossomed into achieved stars via sheer laborious work. They’ve a brighter future forward. I’m pleased that they’ve achieved this success which we couldn’t attain,” stated Tirkey on the efficiency of the Indian hockey males’s staff.
The hockey veteran and former Member of Parliament stated: “The ladies’s staff’s exceptional comeback after shedding three vital matches speaks so much about their resilience and staff spirit. Beating Australia, a a lot larger ranked staff, was a morale-booster efficiency. They fought laborious towards the defending Olympic champion however misplaced the shut match and thus missed the bronze medal by a whisker. However these courageous hearts have signalled their arrival on the world stage.”
The Odisha authorities has been the sponsor of the Indian nationwide hockey groups (males/ladies, junior/senior) since 2018 after Sahara pulled out. The sponsorship is for a interval of 5 years with an help of Rs.150 crore to Hockey India. Odisha is the one State to sponsor a nationwide staff.
Hockey is greater than a sport in Odisha. It’s a lifestyle, particularly within the tribal areas the place kids study to start out strolling with hockey sticks. Odisha has produced a few of the most interesting hockey gamers. The Chief Minister performed hockey in his scholar days in Doon College. He was once the goalkeeper. In keeping with a senior official within the Sports activities Division, his love for hockey began then and he has been following the sport ever since. Greater than his private liking for the sport, Naveen Patnaik is moved by the love of the individuals of Odisha for hockey as a sport. This impressed him to make hockey promotion a mission. Rain or shine, a hockey match in Odisha at all times has a packed stadium.
The State authorities is giving particular focus to the event of hockey with the target of showcasing the game and inspiring younger expertise as a way to restore the glory of the sport within the subcontinent. Odisha was the one State with knowledgeable hockey membership staff known as Kalinga Lancers. The staff received the Hockey India League championship in 2017. The State runs sports activities hostels to offer hockey coaching to 1000’s of scholars. A few of these educated right here have develop into worldwide gamers.
Odisha to host Males’s World Cup
Odisha has hosted main worldwide hockey championships in the previous few years. These are Males’s World Cup in 2018, World League in 2017, FIH Professional-league and Olympic Qualifiers. The State will host the Males’s World Cup in 2023. India’s largest hockey stadium, with a seating capability of 20,000, is underneath building in Rourkela in Sundargarh district, which is called the cradle of hockey in India. The stadium is being constructed at a price of greater than Rs.120 crore and will probably be probably the most trendy hockey stadiums on this planet.
In an effort to allow younger hockey gamers to apply on astro-turf, the federal government is establishing 20 hockey coaching centres at a price of Rs.200 crore. Knowledgeable teaching programme on the grass roots will be certain that a better variety of kids are interested in hockey and take it up as a profession. A high-performance centre (HPC), in partnership with the Tata Group, to coach hockey gamers within the under-17 years has been operational for the final two years on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. It’s anticipated that within the coming years, a lot of nationwide gamers will emerge from this centre.
Odisha is called a worldwide hub for hockey having organised back-to-back hockey world cups. The State will proceed to companion with Hockey India and assist Indian hockey groups in future, too, the official stated. With all these initiatives, the Chief Minister believes that Odisha and India can create nice hockey gamers and make the nation a world champion. He has stated on many events that “funding in sports activities is funding in youth and funding in youth is funding sooner or later”.
Odisha is focussing on different video games, too. There are numerous Odia girls and boys in India’s rugby groups. The present Indian rugby ladies’s staff has seven members from Odisha.
Excessive efficiency centres
Odisha has develop into the primary State to create 11 HPCs in 10 sports activities disciplines and has received applause for this mannequin of public-private partnership initiated in 2018. Whereas the HPCs for hockey, rugby, taking pictures, swimming, soccer, weightlifting, athletics, sport climbing are operational, the badminton HPC will probably be operational by the top of this 12 months. One HPC for sports activities science can also be operational.
The HPCs have engaged coaches with a commendable file. The athletes have entry to the best sports activities infrastructure and allied services. The main focus is on their coaching and programming; restoration, harm prevention and rehabilitation; vitamin; and psychological wellness.
The athletes take part in numerous national-level competitions, which helps the staff to gauge their expertise and enhance their efficiency. Many sportspersons who educated on the HPCs have already made a mark on the State and nationwide ranges. “We’re collectively working in the direction of India’s Olympic dream of being amongst the highest 10 nations within the medal tally,” the official stated. The federal government has established a centre of excellence in sports activities administration, which presents a three-month certificates course and a twin diploma grasp’s programme.
Lately, the Odisha authorities has elevated its sports activities funds. If the HPCs run seamlessly and Odisha continues to organise main tournaments, the sports activities capital of India will develop into one of many main sports activities locations on this planet.