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Sumrai Tete first woman from Jharkhand to win Dhyan Chand Award

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Jamshedpur, Aug. 29: Former India Women’s Hockey captain Sumrai Tete was awarded Dhyan Chand Award 2017 by the President Ramnath Kovind at a function held at Rasthrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on the occasion of National Sports Day on August 29.

Resident of Simdega also known as Jharkhand’s hockey nursery, Sumrai has become the first woman from Jharkhand to bag the prestigious national award.

She received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs five lakh each for her achievements and contribution to Field hockey in India.

It was under Sumrai Tete’s captaincy that Indian eves clinched Commonwealth Games hockey silver at Melbourne in 2006. 38-year-old midfielder was part of the team when Indian women won the gold medal in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth games.

Sumrai is currently working as an office superintendent at Hatia station under South Eastern Railway.

Other winners of Dhyan Chand Award are Bhupender Singh (athletics) and Syed Shahid Hakim (football).

It may also be noted that earlier in the month, Chief Minister Raghubar Das announced Sumrai Tete as the brand ambassador for Jharkhand hockey.

CM while felicitating Tete had said that the former hockey captain would be given the responsibility to train state level hockey players.

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