Welcomed by Chhina, Dr.Walia, feel the talents
lies in Rural India
Indian Women Hockey team Coach Eric Wolink and
National Girls Hockey Captain Rani Rampal today visited Khalsa Girls
Hockey Academy here and batted for finding talent in rural India. They said
more potential lies in the villages across the country but we need to tap
probable by holding the camps and training to revive the game of hockey.
Eric who joined as coach of the national team
one and half year back said Indian hockey has bright future as he advocated
talent search, strengthening of infrastructure and sports management. Both were
accorded a grand welcome at the Academy by Khalsa College Governing Council
(KCGC) honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Vice Chancellor Dr.GS
Walia and sports director Dr.Kanwaljit Singh.
Eric congratulated the Academy which has
recently been accredited by the Government of India as a National Academy
under the `Khelo India’ Talent Development Programme and said that the main
purpose of his visit was to interact with the talented players of this Academy,
inspire and motivate them to achieve higher goals in life. During his
interaction with the budding athletes he stressed on mental strength, self
confidence, physical stamina and self belief as the key to achieve their
Earlier Chhina emphasized on the dire need to
upgrade and maintain sports facilities at the grassroots and maintain the
sports infrastructure. He said they feel proud over the visit of the top Hockey
stars at the academy and Eric who basically is from Netherlands have himself
been a top hockey player in the Europe.
Rani Rampal who had recently visited the
Academy and came second time today appreciated the efforts being put in by
coaches and players and earning recent accolades including prestigious Nehru
Cup and Youth Olympics.
VC Dr. GS Walia thanked Eric and Rani for
visiting the Academy, enriching the players and boosting the morale of all the
girls from humble background to do well. He went on to thank the KCGC
management for providing every kind of opportunity to the students of
institutions running under the Council, establishing the Hockey Academy and
providing the girl players free education and consistent training under the best
coaches of the country to horne their skills to
Dronacharya Awardee coach Baldev Singh the
chief coach expressed their happiness and pride on seeing the Coach of Indian
National Hockey team visit the Academy along with their student who is bringing
laurels for the Nation.