Panposh Sports Hostel gets back CoE tag

The decision of withdrawing the CoE tag in 2014 had drawn flak from hockey fraternity which claimed it would prove detrimental for PSH and the district at large.

Published: 28th November 2022 06:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th November 2022 06:45 AM   |  A+A-

Hockey Stick

For representational purposes (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

ROURKELA: Eight years after it was withdrawn, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Hockey for Boys and Girls tag has been restored to the state government-run Panposh Sports Hostel (PSH) at Rourkela. The nomenclature for the CoE has however been changed to senior hockey hostels.

The decision came after the Kalinga stadium complex reportedly got crowded with Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High-Performance Centre being operational since 2019, hampering the practice of senior trainees, sources said adding the trainees would now get to watch FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 matches at Rourkela apart from availing adequate practice facilities at the multiple astro-turfs of the PSH and the new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium. 

On September 30, 14 senior male and eight senior female hockey trainees permanently returned to the PSH from the Bhubaneswar Sports Hostel. Sources said that the two new 100-bedded hostels have around 44 junior and senior male trainees and 52 junior and senior female trainees. The department has not yet clarified the sanctioned strength of trainees under the senior hostel scheme.

The decision of withdrawing the CoE tag in 2014 had drawn flak from the hockey fraternity which claimed it would prove detrimental for PSH and the district at large. The government, however, had argued trainees would get better exposure in Bhubaneswar.

While the hockey fraternity welcomed the decision to the restoration of COE tag, it pointed out that severe damage was already done with the flow of PSH trainees to the senior India team being substantially reduced in these eight years. 

Retired coach of the PSH Sylvestor Toppo said he had earlier pointed out that lack of competitiveness, natural-thriving environment and match practice at Bhubaneswar Sports Hostel would adversely affect the performance of senior trainees. “All the players from BSH who reached the senior international level, are originally from the PSH,” Toppo added.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp