More than a year back, I had posted snaps of a hockey ground in rural Jharkhand. Although Jharkhand did not have any representation in the team that won the Asian Games gold medal, hockey has always been a favored game among the tribal population.
Recently, my friend, Fr. Joshi (Nellissery Varghese, CMF) shared snaps of a hockey match from a nearby village. I'm sure this would wake up sports administrators in the better off parts of our country to the untapped potential of rural India.
All snaps, courtesy Fr. Nellissery Varghese, CMF.
|Pre-match session . . .|
|The chief guest, Fr. Rajesh Barla, CMF getting to know the teams|
|The toss . . .|
|An unwilling spectator . . .|
|Another one . . . but smaller|
|The cheer girls . . . and ladies|
|After the match . . . not difficult to guess who won|
|Waiting for the presentations . . .|
|Post match analysis . . .|
|The runner-up trophy . . .|
|The championship trophy . . .|
|. . . who almost ran off . . .|
|Post match congratulations . . .|
|The prize also gets to know the spectators . . .|