Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur launches ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League’ -
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Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur launches ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League’ 

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In the opening match Shyam Lal College beat Faith Club 3-1

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New Delhi: Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur is a great sports lover, fitness enthusiast and former cricketer who had played in Ranji trophy. It was a moment to remember for club level hockey players and officials of Delhi on Sunday morning, when Shri Thakur launched the ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22′ at the iconic Major Dhyanchand National Stadium.

The Hockey league, which is being organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in association with the Delhi Hockey , will have a total of 36 teams competing for the trophy and more teams can also participate in later stages.

Over every weekend 4 matches will be played. First match of the league was played between Delhi University’s Shyam Lal College and the Faith Club.In this match Shyam Lal College won 3-1.

Shri Anurag Singh Thakur said that Men’s and Women’s teams’ success in Tokyo Olympics has given a new lease of life to Hockey as a sport in India. Speaking at the event he said, there is no dearth of talent in India and I congratulate Delhi Hockey for this initiative which will help induct more talent at the grassroots. We aim to nurture grassroots talent towards the global excellence. Training and competitions are equally important as they boost the morale of athletes.

“We want more states to organize such events so that Hockey can be promoted and young talent gets opportunities to sharpen their skills”, The minister added.

The launch ceremony was also attended by former Indian Hockey player Padmashree Zafar Iqbal, Hockey World Cup (1975) Gold Medalist Brigadier HJS Chimni, and Former Indian Hockey goalkeeper and Arjuna Awardee Helen Mary Innocent as special Guest of Honour.

 

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