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Haryana govt to set up hockey academy at Shahbad

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Shahbad, Aug 30 (UNI) Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said that the government would consider the proposal to set up a hockey academy at Shahbad, the nursery of hockey in Haryana.

The Chief Minister, who was speaking at a state level sports function organised by Haryana Olympic Association to mark the birthday of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand here yesterday said that the hockey players of Shahbad, especially the girls, were known for their skill all over the world.

He complimented hockey coach Baldev Singh saying that it was because of his efforts that the state women's hockey team had been performing outstandingly at the national and international level. He assured that there would not be dearth of funds for the promotion of hockey in Shahbad.

He said that a sum of Rs 40 crore had been earmarked to construct sports stadia in a village in each block in the state. MP from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal, who is also the President of Haryana Olympic Association, said that a gymnasium would be constructed within a month at the Shahbad hockey stadium at a cost of Rs two lakh.

In an exhibition hockey match played on the occasion, the Northern Railway women's team defeated Haryana XI by 2-1 while in the men's section match between Namdari Sirsa and Haryana XI was drawn.

Besides honouring the players of both teams, the Chief Minister also honoured former Olympian's Sanjeev Dang, Didar Singh, Harpal Singh and Sandeep Singh and international Gurdeep Singh Bhullar. He also honoured international hockey players Surinder Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Rajni Bala, Jasjit Kaur and Suman Bala who had represented the country in the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Jindal gave away 50 composite hockey sticks costing Rs 2.84 lakh to the players of the local hockey nursery.

UNI HS PM KN1445

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