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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

Ignace Tirkey among six sportspersons for Padma Shri

Following is a report by IANS published in Yahoo:

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Six sportspersons got Padma Shri in the Republic Day honours list announced by the government Monday.

The winners were Ignace Tirkey (hockey), Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan (motor sports), Ramakant Vithal Achrekar (cricket), Saina Nehwal (badminton), Vijender Singh (boxing) and Virender Sehwag (cricket).

January 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm 1 comment

Sambalpur University win Inter-zonal hockey tourney

Following is a report by PTI: Rourkela, Dec 23 (PTI)

 Sambalpur University defeated Guru Nanak Dev University of Amritsar 1-0 to clinch the All India Inter-zonal Hockey (Men) Championships here today.

Amulya Minz scored the all-important goal for the hosts in the 39th minute of the match played at the Biju Patnaik Stadium.

Second half of the match saw keen contest but both the teams failed to convert a number of easy opportunities. Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University Arun Kumar Pujari handed over the prizes.

Following is a report about Inter-varsity hockey meet taken from

 12.22.2009 (GMT+5.5) Rourkela: Sambalpur University of Orissa will clash against Guru Nanak Dev University of Amritsar in the final of All India Inter-Zonal Inter-University hockey (Mens) tournament being played here at Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium tomorrow.

In two semi-final matches played today, Sambalpur University defeated Kashi Vidyapitha 3-1 while Gurunanak Dev University beat Kurukshetra University 2-0.

For Sambalpur University Amulya Minz netted the first goal in very 1st minute of the game. Imran Khan and Azam Beg added 2 more goals in 13th and 20th minutes respectively for their side. Kashi Vidyapith scored the lone goal by Udaya Pratap Singh at 34th minute leaving 3-1 at half time.

However, both teams failed to score any goal in 2nd half of the match despite good chances.

In the second semi-final match, Guru Nanak Dev University’s Gagan Deep Singh scored 1st goal at 43rd minute and Ranjosh Singh scored the 2nd goal at 58th minutes.

Kurukshetra failed to score any goal in the match despite their technical skill.

December 25, 2009 at 7:05 am Leave a comment

Dilip Tirkey: One of the rare gems of India

Following write-up is from

Dilip Tirkey is one of those rare gems that any country would be proud to have. Tirkey’s milestone of becoming the highest capped hockey player in the world during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, last month went almost unnoticed. He equalled the world record of 401 internationals, held by former Dutch captain Joren Delmee.

One would have thought that Tirkey’s homecoming would be celebrated, some sports lover or association would come forward to host a party, order a cake and champagne. But such courtesies are reserved only for cricketers.

Instead, Tirkey quietly returned home with the triumphant Azlan Shah team, and again left for Malaysia this week for the Asia Cup that starts Saturday.

The unassuming player from Sundergarh, Orissa, who has given his everything to the sport, deserved better treatment.

Tirkey belongs to that hallowed circle of international sports heroes who are above such things like the honour of leading the team. Tirkey is to the Indian hockey team what Sachin Tendulkar is to the cricket team. Their very presence is a source of strength.

The tough full-back has come a long way since he had his international baptism as an 18-year-old. He has three Olympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004), and as many World Cups, Asian Games and Asia Cups, and four Champions Trophy tournaments behind him.

If only India had qualified for last year’s Beijing Olympics, he would have been only the fourth Indian to have played in four Olympic Games, Udham Singh, Leslie Claudius and Dhanraj Pillai having done so before him. No Indian hockey player could have missed Beijing as badly as Tirkey.

Tirkey has a lot of hockey left in him. The day is not very far when he will touch the mindboggling figure of 500 international caps for India who have a busy season or two ahead what with the Asia Cup next month in Kuantan, Malaysia, and the World Cup and Commonwealth Games next year in New Delhi, with a European tour and other international engagements in between.

The 500 milestone would be like climbing the Everest. If Tirkey has talked of retirement after the 2010 Commonwealth Games one can understand. Only he knows how much more his body can take. Comparisons in the fast changing game of hockey are risky. Tirkey’s tackling reminds older students of the game of another stalwart tackler Michael Kindo of the 1970s. But Tirkey’s sturdier build makes him look more formidable.

One remembers with horror the day at the New Delhi’s Maj. Dhyan Chand Stadium a few years ago when, rushing out defending a penalty corner he took a drag flick by Pakistan’s Sohail Abbas, then the world’s best at it, smack on his face. Taking a 150 kmph or so hard hockey ball on an unprotected face can even be fatal. Like everyone else in the stadium that day, Sohail also had his worst fears. It could have been the end of anyhockey player’s career. But the intrepid Tirkey made an admirable comeback. No way you can keep tough men like Tirkey out.

Last month Sandeep Singh, the young captain and drag flick expert of the recent Azlan Shah Cup-winning Indian hockey team at Ipoh, Malaysia, was adjudged man of the tournament.

But every scorer is aware that no matter how many he may score or how many headlines he may find his name in, you can’t win tournaments without the support of doughty tacklers in the defence who prevent opponents from scoring against you. Sandeep has handsomely acknowledged the role of his senior and former captain Dilip “Bhai”, as he deferentially addresses the elder statesman of the team.

(08.05.2009-K. Datta is a veteran sports writer. He can be reached at

November 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

Dilip Tirkey celebrates his 32th birthday‎

Following is a report from the Sambad:

November 25, 2009 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

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