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India team with new look for new mission
Sportslogon Team September 8th 2018


Bhubaneswar : After the set back in the recently concluded Asian Games in Jakarta. The team rejuvenate with new look for a new mission. The team will join the camp soon to doing well in the big-ticket event at Bhubaneswar. In the cricket crazy nation, the Odisha Government’s nation wide promotional campaign for Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup has given a new dimension to hockey.

Not only inside the nation the name Odisha become papular world wide. While we are playing for the nation, I had realised that we are getting special attention because my State surprised the nation by sponsoring the national hockey team, said Indian defender Birendra Lakra on his arrival here on Saturday.

Though I had played in Olympic but never saw so much aggressive promotional campaign for hockey in any where in the World. Me along with my team members eagerly witing to make a strong come back in home advantage.

While expressing regarding bronze medals in the Asian Games, Lakra said “It was a nightmare for me, never expected after dominating the tournament, we had to suffer defeat from Malaysia in the penalty shut out. It was the worst memory of my life, I considered that was not our day ”.

After that debacle we sat till 2 am, It was hard to digest that chance of winning gold medal was so near yet so far. We as a team decided that we are having a chance to win medal for the nation, expressed Lakra.

In comparison to other State, our Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been announced a massive cash award for Asian games medal winners, which also surprised me, added Lakra.

I had face some injury during the matches, but I will back to ground in a week. The Indian players are much excited to join the camp in the World Cup venue at Kalinga Stadium.

CM will felicitate two Odia hockey players Berendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas for their bronze medal winning performance with Rs 50 lakhs each. .
This news was added and updated on : September 8th 2018
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