BHUBANESWAR: Ace hockey player Birendra Lakra who hung his football boots after the Tokyo Olympics was pleasantly surprised when he received a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the letter, the Prime Minister thanked Lakri for his “indelible contribution” to Indian hockey. “You have been a key part of a vital decade for Indian hockey. You also continued the glorious tradition of the Odyssey of creating great hockey players, especially defenders. “You started playing hockey at a time when no Indian could have imagined that our nation would win an Olympic medal in the near future,” Modi wrote.
One of the things the upcoming generation of athletes can learn from Lakra is the spirit of resilience, Modi said. “You can’t imagine how you would feel when you missed a bus to Rio due to an injury. You successfully overcame this and reached Tokyo and thus became part of the history written there. It is amazing how you have always remained modest despite the great success “, said the Prime Minister.
Recalling his meeting with Lakra, the Prime Minister said: “When I met you, and the rest of the Tokyo 2020 contingent, I invited you all to strengthen Indian Amrita Mahotsava by visiting various schools or colleges until August 2023. I asked everyone to do this to raise awareness on eliminating malnutrition and encouraging sport. ”
Overwhelmed by the Prime Minister’s recognition, Lakra said in a post on social media: “We athletes contribute our lives to sports, and when the honorable Prime Minister of the country acknowledged that, it seems that we really gave our share for nation building. We truly thank the Rev. Narendra Modi ji for his warm gesture. The time spent interacting with you after Tokyo 2020 will always be unforgettable. ” Indian hockey star, Olympic bronze medalist, Lakra announced his retirement from international hockey on September 30, hours after his teammate Rupinder Pal Singh announced his retirement.
Cub Gharial rescued from fishing net
Bhubaneswar: An endangered ghari cub was rescued after being caught in a fishing net in the Birupa River, a Mahanadi distribution, in Cuttack. Nandankanan Zoo Deputy Director Sanjeet Kumar said the fisherman on Friday found a gharial cub stuck in his net and called forest officials who then rescued the captured reptile. Kumar said the fisherman will receive 1,000 cash prizes as part of a ghariya species recovery program run by the Mahanadi Zoo to revive the garyal population in the river. The cub was handed over to Nandankanan for veterinary care. The cubs will be kept in the observation pool in Nandankanan and transferred to the pool at the Tikarpada wildlife sanctuary in Angola for release into a natural habitat later this month.