There are occasions when the OTHL boys surprise themselves. Yes, unbelievable yet true, a testimony to our ground work, dedication and commitment. And how these menifest in our beneficiary boys.
Today, the Delhi State Sub-Junior Men's team left for Narwana in Haryana to take part in the 11th Hockey India National Championship. The Delhi State team have 18 players, out of which ELEVEN are our OTHL products!
They surprised themselves and us too.
The Delhi team
The Delhi Hockey Selectors consists of Olympian Vineet Kumar, 1975 World Cup gold medallist Arvind Chhabra and hockey enthusiast Niki Kantawala and Coach Rahul Raj, held their final meeting on the 15th of February, 2021 and realesed the team list: 18 players were selected to represent Delhi in the Sub-Junior Men’s Hockey Nationals to be held in Jind, Haryana between 17th to 28th March, 2021:
1: Pranjal Malik
2: Himanshu, (OTHL)
3: Ankush Kumar (OTHL)
4: Sunny Kumar (OTHL)
5: Sanjan Kumar (OTHL)
6: Hritik Singh (OTHL)
8: Manmohan Kumar (OTHL)
9: Sumit Kumar (OTHL)
11: Nitin (OTHL)
12: Akash Manjhi (OTHL)
13: Anshuman Jha (OTHL)
14: Rakesh Kumar (OTHL)
16: Priyanshu (OTHL)
17: Harsh Sharma
18: Sunil Kumar
Prince Tiwari (OTHL), Nitesh Kumar (OTHL), Aalok Kumar (OTHL)
& 4 others
Of our selected boys, five are from Govt Sarvodaya Bal Vidhayala, Janakpuri. They are forwards Akash Manjhi and Nitin, midfiedlers Late Mr Nirmal Jeet Singh was the volunteer-mentor coach of these boys. Kamleswar Suri, a passionate promoter of them, must have been a satisfied man on seeing these boys qualify for such a top notch tournament. The silent role played by veteran Uma Shankar Sharma is no less. One boy, Himanshu, the goalkeeper, is from GBSSS, Mehrauli. Defender Ankush Kumar , formerly from SBV, Khanpur, had two years of training at STC, Bereilly (UP).
Priyanshu, Anshuman Jha, Manmohan Singh - he was declared Player of the Tournamnet of OTHL Cup 2020- Hritik Singh & Anshuman Jha, a School Games Nationals player are from Govt. Boys Senior Secondary School Ghitorni. This school was patronized by our volunteer-in-chief YS Negi Saab, just retired principal of the school.
Some factors that helped the boys make history today were:
1. Headstart training sessions before any other Club/Association even thought of after Covid -19 relaxation
2. Arranging training in Haryana from October 2020 onwards
3. Excellent paper work which helped all these boys are registed with Hockey India as they went for giving trials.
4. Our constant monitoring and motivating, even giving incentives during the Covid to ward off financial difficulties.
Its happy augury Mr Kamleswar, so happy about our boys doing so well at trials, came forward to donate Rs.1,000 to each of the boys. We are also in the process to procure high-end shoes for the boys with the financial support of Mr Kamleswar, remaining coming from our own resources.
Most of the selected boys were given a new carbon stick, each costing about Rs.2000//
Delhi team will play three matches in the pool, and will qualify for the knock-out phase depending upon their performance here.
WE ALL WISH OUR BOYS A GREAT TOUR AND SUPERB PERFORMANCE.
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