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Jharkhand: Four advisasi youths beat poverty & lockdown blues to enter national hockey camp

Ranchi: Four tribal teens, two each from Jharkhand’s impoverished Simdega and Khunti districts, considered as cradles of hockey talent, have for the first time made to the junior national hockey camp battling acute poverty, training hurdles and lockdown blues owing to covid-19 pandemic. While hockey eves from this state cementing their position in national camps and teams has been a norm for quite few years, but state hockey association has said that for the first time four youths have jointly made it to the national camp.

Manoj Konbegi, Hockey Jharkhand’s vice president, settled and active in Simdega circuit, in a press note said that four boys are identified as Asim Tirkey, Danish Karketta, Birsa Odia, Atish Dodrai have been selected for the national camp. Asim and Danish are from Simdega whereas the other two are from Khunti.

According to Konbegi, outbreak of covid-19 two years ago had wrecked havoc on scores of sportspersons in the state where majority are starved of resources to pursue the game and training independently. With state run coaching and residential centres too remaining closed for several months, players were confronted with hand to mouth situation to pursue their game.

“The association from its end tried to help as many athletes as it could through different interventions, but despite several hardships, but the real credit goes to all those players who managed to get selected for national camps,” he said.