“Biju Patnaik Rural hockey Championship” launched
Bhubaneswar, 20th September2016:(By Biswaranjan Mishra)– The capital city saw the launch of hockey tournament “Biju Patnaik Rural Hockey Championship” under the aegis of DilipTirkeySports research and development Foundation. The championship shall begin from November and continue till March next year. Sports and Youth Services Department Secy.Vishal Kumar Dev IAS along with International Sand Artist Sudarsan Patnaik , India’s Former hockey Captain Padmashri DilipTirkey , Director Prelude Satyabrat Sanu Ratho , Business leader Bramha Mishra and other dignitaries launched the Logo of the “Biju Patnaik Rural Hockey Championship” at a press conference here in Kalinga Stadium. More than 1500 teams from rural areas in and around Odisha shall be participating in this event which should make it onethe biggest sports tournament in the entire world.Sri Ajit Pal treasurer Dilip Tirkey Sports research and development Foundation heartily welcomed the Press guests. Managing trustee DilipTirkeySports research and development Foundation Shri DilipTirkey stressed on the need to recognize talents who due to lack of proper training, finance and infrastructure don’t come to the foreground. “Talents when given proper direction shall help strengthen our national team. Promoting it in the rural area will not only spread awareness but also help them move ahead in the field of hockey. Apart from identifying talents and training them, this movement shall help bring the previous glory that India had as a Hockey champion in the minds of people. All we need is encouragement and I request media friends to support this initiative,” He further thanked Padmashri SudarsanPatnaik and Padmashri IgnaceTirkey( former India Hockey captain) for agreeing to be The Brand Ambassadors of the Championship . Sri Vishal Dev , expressed his happiness that such mega events taken across rural areas will actually bind our youth and motivate them for sports and other positive youth activities .Internationally acclaimed sand artist Padmashri Sudarsan Pattnaik who has designed the logo was extremely happy to be a part of this grand initiative.“I shall be promoting this championship through all things artisticand hope to make this event popular across the globe. Our players are extremely talented. They just need the right push and promotion,” he said.Sri Bramha Mishra said he had seen lots of passion amongst the rural youth especially in western Odisha and expressed confidence that this would be a path breaking sports championship. Founder Director ofpremier Media and Event Company,Prelude , Satyabrat Sanu Rathosaid, “We are happy to be a partner to this initiative and hope to make this a one of its kind sports event , and will strive to bring back the glory of hockey to the country .