Brother-sister duo to lead Jharkhand hockey teams

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Ranchi, Feb 10: Brother and sister duo of Bimal Lakra and Asunta Lakra will lead the Jharkhand men's and women''s hockey team for the National Games beginning on February 12.

Lakra's bother Birendra also finds a place in the Men's team, and all the siblings have represented India in Asian and Commonwealth Games.

Orissa's Prabodh Tirkey, an international, has switched over to Jharkhand team after he recently got married to a Ranchi girl.

Helan Mary (Karnataka), Chanchal Devi (Manipur) and Saba Anjum (Chhatisgarh) have also opted to represent Jharkhand''s women''s team, headed by Bimal Lakra''s sister, Asunta.

"We have many international players in our ranks, and both our teams are aiming for gold medals. Haryana will be our main challenge," Hockey Jharkhand's General Secretary and former India captain Savitri Purti told PTI here today.

The teams;

Men's: Bimal Lakra (Capt), Birendra Lakra, Sashi Topno, Dinesh Ekka, Bikash Toppo, Roshan Minz, Birendra Lakra (Junior), William Khalko, B. Horo, Masian Minz, Prabodh Tirkey, I. Kullu, Manjit Kullu, Suman tirkey, Silmen Tete, John Minz, Dominque Lakra and Chandrasekhar Khalko.

Women's: Asuntha Lakra (Capt) Helen Mary, Subhadra Pradhan, Puspa Pradhan, Manjula Tete, Purnita Minz, P S Kiro, Niki Pradhan, Etwari Mundu, Kanti Baa, Saba Anjum, Chanchal Devi, Sarita Lakra, D Vinitaxess, Silvanti Minzur, Patrisia Bhengra, Anita Soren Beig, Adline Karketa.

PTI

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