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Balangir girl “Madhuri Mehta” finds place in the Indian women’s cricket team

Following is a report from the Samaja:

January 15, 2012 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

Cultural Aspects of Traditional Games of West Odisha

Following is a write-up by Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Bag. It is taken from

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November 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Badminton players make Balangir proud

Following report is from the Telegraph:

Balangir, Sept. 29: Balangir is emerging as a power-centre in the state badminton scene with players from here regularly making it to national-level tournaments.

Two young shuttlers from Balangir have qualified to play in national-level tournaments after they won the doubles title for men (under-19) at the state badminton championship organised by Orissa Badminton Association at Cuttack recently.

This follows Balangir’s phenomenal success last year in the state badminton championship at Talcher where two boys — Abhimanyu Bagarty, 12, son of a rickshaw-puller, and Surendra Nepal, 14, son of a daily labourer — emerged champion at the mini (under-13) and sub-junior level respectively and qualified to play at national level.

The reigning champion duo, Akash Nanda, and Abhishek Babu, both 18, are at present playing in an east zone tournament in Patna.

Secretary of District Badminton Association (DBA) of Balangir Suru Matari said they encourage young boys, especially those coming from the lower strata of the society. “We know that Balangir has potential in the field of sports and we look for hidden talents. Apart from providing free coaching, we provide help such as playing equipment, track suit and shoes to them. We are very happy that our efforts have paid off well as the two boys have made us proud by emerging champion and qualifying to play at the national level,” Matari said.

DBA treasurer Shankarlal Barai, who accompanied the players at the state meet, was very happy with the success of the players.

“At least seven of our players performed beyond our expectations. In fact, the champion duo, Akash and Abhisek, defeated another pair from Balangir, Akram Khan and Debapriya Negi, in the final. They had entered the final by defeating yet another pair from Balangir — Chandan Mishra and Surendra Nepal. Chandan Mishra also reached the semi-final in the singles (under-19). It’s an all-Balangir show at the state meet. The Balangir boys have been doing extremely well at the state meets and national level tournaments on a regular basis,” Barai said.

Ghanashyam Mishra, who coached the boys, said both Akash and Abhisek were very talented. “Winning titles in this tournament ensures a chance to play in the national level. I am really excited by the performance of players from Balangir who have done so well despite all odds. A small sponsorship would help them to improve their game in the future,” he said.

September 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Boys of poor families make Balangir proud: Rickshawpuller’s son wins singles title in state-level badminton championship

Following news is from The Telegraph:

Balangir, Sept. 20: Fighting against all odds, two young boys made Balangir proud by winning titles in the state open badminton championship in Talcher on Sunday.

Abhimanyu Bagarty (12), son of a rickshawpuller in Balangir, won the singles title in the boys’ mini (under-13) category while Surendra Nepal (14), son of a daily labourer won the men’s singles title in the sub-junior category.

Surendra also won the men’s doubles title with Chandan Mishra in the sub-junior category, while Abhimanyu teamed with Swarup Ranjan Guru to emerge as runners up in the boy’s mini double category.

Two others — Bikrant Jani who emerged as the runner up in the boy’s mini singles category and Arabinda Sahu, who was adjudged the best emerging player of the tournament — also hailed from Balangir.

Abhimanyu said that he used to play badminton in the streets when Susanta Pradhan of the District Badminton Association (DBA) picked him up after noticing his talent.

“I was very young when I developed a passion for games. I used to play badminton with my friends in the streets of our locality. We used bundle of polythene carrybags as shuttle and a flat piece of wood as racket. Susanta dada used to watch me. One day he took me to the DBA office and formally admitted me there,” he said.

Abhimanyu’s father, a rickshawpuller in the town, said that he was exulted at his son’s achievements. “I knew that he was fond of sports. Since I am a poor ricksha puller, it was not possible for me to meet his requirements. But, I also never knew that my son possessed such talent. I hope that he will do even better in the years to come,” he said.

The success story of Surendra Nepal is similar. Son of a daily labourer in an aluminium factory, he never thought that he would play in any state-level tournament. He was picked up by Rajiv Sahu of the DBA who noticed him playing badminton in the streets of the town.

“I never thought that I would play in such a tournament and win title. It is like a dream come true for me,” he said.

“There are many kids in our association who are from very poor families. We try to help them by providing them with playing equipment, tracksuits and shoes. We are very happy that our efforts have paid well as two boys who came from such poor backgrounds have won titles. This is the beginning. We will ensure that they go on to win tournaments at higher levels,” said Suru Matari, secretary of the DBA.

September 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

Information about Koshal Chess Academy, Sambalpur

Chess championship from June 5 in Sambalpur: The Hindu

BHUBANESWAR: Koshal Chess Academy, Sambalpur in association with Sambalpur District Chess Association would host the Orissa State Chess Championship for the current year in Sambalpur commencing on June 5. Orissa Chess Adhoc Committee (OCAC) convener Manoj Panigrahi said the championship was being held as per the guidelines framed by the OCAC. The five-day event would be held at the Janardan Pujari Post Graduate Hostel on Gangadhar Meher College campus and entry fee per player has been fixed at Rs.200 while local players would be required to pay Rs.100 per head. Accommodation shall be provided to all outstation players; Panigrahi said and added that entries shall be accepted till June 2.

For further information and registration, Bidhu Bhusan Mishra, member, Orissa Chess Developement Committee and advisor to Koshal Chess Academy can be contacted on cell number 94371-10548. Besides, Anil Kumar Panda, coordinator, Koshal Chess Academy (cell number 94377- 37688) and N.K.Purohit, secretary, Sambalpur District Chess Association (cell. 94380-86767) can also be contacted, Panigrahi informed.

May 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

Olympian and experienced Indian defender Dilip Tirkey retires from international hockey

Following is a PTI report published in DNA:

New Delhi: Olympian and experienced Indian defender Dilip Tirkey today announced his retirement from the international hockey.

“I took the decision to retire from international hockey because I have been suffering from fitness related problems for quite a long time. My legs are not fit and I don’t think it is possible for me to return to the national squad in near future,” Tirkey told PTI Bhasha.

Tirkey, who made his international debut in 1995 against England in the Indira Gandhi Gold Cup, did not play the recent World Cup held here earlier this year.

The three-time Olympian and former India captain, Tirkey also said he was not satisfied with his international career.

“I could not fulfil my dream of clinching the World Cup title and Olympic medals. I did not get the chance to play in World Cup and would not be able to play in the Commonwealth Games at home. This grudge will remain throughout my life,” he said.

May 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Mecca of hockey-“Sundargarh district” of Western Orissa forbidden a berth in the Indian team

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

In the post-Dhyan Chand era, Sundargarh is synonymous with hockey and has continued to fetch sporting glory for India in the international sports arena. The tribal-dominated district of Odisha has proven its claim by producing around 50 junior and senior international players in both the men and women segments. Even, three to four players from here have already represented the national team at a time.

But, it is a pity that India, despite being the host of the World Cup, no one from the State was given a berth in the Indian team. However, the fans here do not fume as they are well-aware that, except Roshan Minz, all the State probables were down with injuries. Notwithstanding that, the miserable performance of the Indian hockey team in the World Cup 2010 has hurt the sports lovers though India could manage to obtain the eighth rank.

History reveals that hockey was introduced to Odisha by the Christian missionaries. Providentially, hockey that was started as a recreation, turned out to be a love affair for the tribal inhabitants who are noted to be gifted athletes here.

Passion for hockey was so deep that even shaky ground, bamboo sticks and cotton balls could not dissuade the tribals from producing extra-ordinary talents. Inter-village and intra-district tourneys brought talents to the fore and successful players and teams were encouraged by being rewarded kukuda (cock) and khasi (goat) as prizes.

Moreover, revamping started with the setting-up of hockey hostels and astro turfs by the Government in the mid-eighties. Trained youngsters proved their mettle in the national level tournaments. Among the talented players from the district are Dilip Tirkey, Lazarus Barla, Ignace Tirkey, Prabodh Tirkey, Peter Tirkey, William Xalxo, Roshan Minz, Amardeep Ekka, Birendra Ekka, Jyoti Sunita Kullu, Subhadra Pradhan, Anupa and Binita who have played in almost all major senior and junior global championships.

Dilip is now the highest-capped international player. He along with Ignace, Probodh and Kullu have led India and among the four, while three have been conferred with Arjuna Awards, two Padmashri.

Besides, creating a medium for expression of sporting dexterity, hockey has proved to be a dignified profession, providing employment to more than 1,000 young people across the country. Thanks to a century-old relationship with hockey, Odisha is now reckoned as a leading State in the game and is possessing decent infrastructure with three astro turfs (two in Rourkela including one of the SAIL and one in Sundargarh), three Government-run training centres (hostels at Rourkela, Sundargarh and Cuttack), one SAIL managed training centre at Rourkela and more than 500 trained players.

Able management is the need of the hour for further improvement of the game. Observers believe that Odisha Hockey Association should pilot in taking the game to more youngsters by organising more domestic tournaments. The efforts should be given to host both the national and international tournaments here as three well-equipped grounds are available in Sundargarh district.

Hockey aficionados also seek engagement of more coaches and trainers for proper guidance of youngsters and refresher courses for coaches to keep them well-run with the latest trends in the game.

But, what everyone urges to be done first is the completion of the State Hockey Academy at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar without further delay. Simultaneously, steps should be paced up for setting up a Sports University with speciality on Hockey in Sundargarh district. Otherwise, the Mecca of hockey may soon turn to be a barren place, sports observers here apprehend.

April 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

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