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Athletes must take break from primary sport to help improve performance and focus: Hockey Legend Floris Jan Bovelander

International Olympic Day in Jamshedpur: Jyotirmoyee Sikdar interacts with Tata Steel coaches and cadets

Jamshedpur, June 23: The Sports Division of Tata Steel organised an Inter-School Basketball Tournament and other events today to mark International Olympic Day.

Asian Games gold medal-winning athlete and Khel Ratna and Padma Shri Awardee, Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and felicitated the winners. She praised Tata Steel’s efforts towards development of sports in the country and motivated the participants with her words. She also interacted with the Tata Steel coaches, cadets and trainees of the academies and training centers. She spoke about her early days, challenges and the support she received from the Government of India during the tournaments. She encouraged the participants to work hard towards their goals irrespective of what people around them may say.

The Sports Division also organised an interactive session for the Tata Steel coaches, cadets and trainees of the academies and training centers with Hockey Legend, Floris Jan Bovelander. He has represented his country (Netherlands) in three Olympics and three World Cups.

While talking about what it takes to be a champion, he urged the participants to never be satisfied with the small wins, instead always go for the big wins. He also mentioned that it is important for an athlete to take a break from their primary sport and try other sport disciplines to help improve their performance and focus.

India’s participation in the Olympics was made possible by Sir Dorabji Tata, an athlete, expert rower, and a fine horseman himself. He financed the national contingent to the Antwerp Olympics in 1920 and bore part of the expenses incurred on India’s participation in the Paris Olympics held in 1924. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was formed in 1927 with Sir Dorab as its first President. The IOA selected the Indian team for the 1928 Olympics held at Amsterdam, where India won the gold medal in hockey.

Today, very few cities in the country can boast of the kind of sports infrastructure that exists in Jamshedpur.

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