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Book on amazing journey of Odisha’s tribal hockey players unveiled

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Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan unveiled the book ‘Hockey Hai Zindegi’ (Amazing journey of Odisha’s Tribal Hockey Players) authored by Satyendar Pal Singh at a special programme organised by National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) here. Among others hockey Team India Captain Manpreet Singh, Chairman NYCS, Rajesh Pande, Hockey Olympian, Lazarus Barla, Author and eminent sports reporter Satyendar Pal Singh graced the unveiling ceremony of the book.

Unveiling the book Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Odisha players have special place in world sports arena. They bring proud and glory for India for their dedication and commitment. He also said this is a proud moment for all of us to unveil the book during the Hockey World cup. He advises to translate this book in both Odia and English languages.

Elaborating the motivation behind writing the book exclusively on Odisha’s Tribal Hockey Players author Satyendar Pal Singh said Odia hockey players are very shy to talk about themselves. They feel why people will talk about us. But after Dillip Tirkey and Lazarus Barla the scenario of Odisha hockey changed he said. I have visited tribal belts of Odisha particularly place like Sundergarh and Rourkela for this book. Through this book, I have made an effort to bring those talents to the limelight and narrated their lives very lively. This book contains interesting stories of many iconic sports talents of Odisha who have registered their claim to fame and yield success with their own efforts though they have struggled a lot since their childhood.

NYCS Chairman, Rajesh Pande said this book will bring the new chapter of Odisha Hockey. NYCS feels the sports talent should be nurtured, sports culture should be developed and promoted widely to bring more laurel to the state and country as well.

It may be noted here that, this book is the second book authored by Singh who has been associated with the world of hockey very closely for more than four decades. Three generations of hockey players in India are heartily related to this author because of his keen interest and love for hockey. This book is the first book based on the Odisha’s tribal hockey players.