Shine a little light

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There were many people from the state of Jharkhand who contributed immensely to the game of hockey. Players like Jaipal Singh Munda, the first tribal from the Chotanagpur region captained the Indian Hockey Team in the Summer Olympics of 1928 at Amsterdam. Since then, hockey has become indispensable sports in the region.

Youngsters in the state aspire to pursue this game but the unavailability of funds, lack of awareness and indifference towards the game made it impossible for dreams to take shape in the region.

In 2013 Ranchi Rhinos, hockey club based in Ranchi(Jharkhand) were the winners of the inaugural season of Hockey India League defeating Delhi Waveriders by 2-1.

Bokaro, the steel producing region of Jharkhand has many such talents but failed to focus on their development. Bokaro District Hockey Council has taken steps in this regard to nurture such talents. However, they too lack in infrastructure facilities, as, unfortunately, they only have open areas where the game is practised and played.

One of such public area is at BMP More in the remote corners of Bokaro wherein the boys and girls gather from the slum areas to practice every evening.

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Council aims to create a hockey team for both (Men/Women) who will participate in periodical tournaments. Players of this district level team will qualify for the state level and ultimately aim to secure a national level berth.

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At least, this noble cause will provide a forum to the youths, who have gone astray to think about their lives.

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