Jharkhand’s Simdega to host two national hockey events for the first time: The New Indian Express

Jharkhand’s Simdega to host two national hockey events for the first time: The New Indian Express

Express News Service

RANCHI: For the first time, Simdega of Jharkhand will host two consecutive national events starting on March 10th.

Hockey enthusiasts are delighted that the game close to their hearts is making a comeback in a big way after a long gap due to the ongoing pandemic. In particular, Simdega and its adjoining districts like Khunti and Gumla are known as the Jharkhand hockey belt that has produced several national and international players.

The 2021 Indian Hockey Women’s Sub-junior National Championship will be held at the Simdega AstroTurf Hockey Stadium from March 10-18, while the Junior Women’s National Championship will take place from April 3-12 at the same venue.

According to officials, there will be 26 teams in each of those events and more than 500 players and team officials are expected to participate both times.

“Of the 26 teams participating in the tournament, 22 teams have already confirmed their participation,” said Hockey Jharkhand President Bholanath Singh.

This is the first time that Simdega, one of the most backward and smallest cities in Jharkhand, will host a national event, he added.

Singh further added that they will be the largest sporting events in the state after those that were suspended during the shutdown. The quarterfinal matches will be played on March 15 and 16 and the semifinals on March 16, while the finalists will meet for the title on March 18, he added.

Meanwhile, the district administration has also kicked up its socks and made preparations for the event on the warpath.

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“All preparations have been made and Jharkhand is ready to host the XI National Sub-junior Hockey Tournament in Simdega. The Chief Minister will come and open the event at 11:30 am, ”said Simdega Deputy Commissioner Sushant Gaurav. Padmashree Awardee Mukund Nayak, who hails from Simdega, will also perform during the opening ceremony on Wednesday, he added.

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