CM Mr. Chouhan inaugurates Obedulla heritage hockey tournament
Bhopal, September 15, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan): Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the government will spare no efforts in restoring glory of Indian hockey. Madhya Pradesh will be ahead in promotion of male and female hockey players. He said, efforts will be made so that world’s excellent teams participate in the tournament. Mr. Chouhan was inaugurating Obedulla Heritage Hockey Tournament in Aeshbag stadium. The chief minister made announcement to kick start the tournament. The maiden match was played between Indian Oil Corporation and ONGC. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan launched cleanliness mobile app, introduced by Bhopal Municipal Corporation in the programme. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said there was a time when India had the strongest hold to win gold medal in hockey in Olympic. Indian hockey lagged behind at international level because of changes in rules. He said our players have talent but there is need of resource and facility. Madhya Pradesh is making efforts in this direction. Fifteen astro turf grounds are available for hockey players. Seven new astro turf grounds are being developed in the state. Work is on to identify talent in early age and groom them. Sports and youth welfare minister Mrs Yashodhara Raje Scindia said that the government had intention to constantly promote hockey.
More than 18 Olympic players are participating in Obedulla Heritage hockey tournament. Director, Sports and youth welfare Mr. Upendra Jain said 12 teams are participating in the tournament, having the highest cash prize in the country. Winner will get Rs 51 lakh and Rs 21 lakh to runner-up and Rs 11 lakh to team securing third place. Rs five lakh will be awarded to team which will be at fourth place. A grant fire show was held on the occasion. Over 500 youths made colourful cultural programme. Minister of state for cooperatives (independent charge) Mr. Vishwas Sarang, mayor Mr. Alok Sharma, MP Mr. Alok Sanjar and hockey lovers and players were present in the programme.