Bhubaneswar: The Inter University Women’s Hockey Championship organised by Rama Devi Women’s University was inaugurated on Thursday at Biju Patnaik Sports Complex, Utkal University here.
We should foster the spirit of hockey, said MLA Ananta Narayan Jena. With the men’s hockey World Cup starting in few days, he urged the audience to popularise Odisha for the sports of hockey.
Prof. Aparajita Chowdhury, vice-chancellor of the university pointed out that for the first time the Inter University Women’s Hockey Championship has been organised and it is a great start.
“Hockey is a game for all. Not only men but women too have all the rights to play hockey with all their heart and dedication,” said Prof Sabita Acharya, vice-chancellor of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.
Former international hockey player Paulina Surin said players like Dilip Tirkey are an inspiration for upcoming players from the state.