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Hockey Stars Meet Fresh Talent At Naval Tata Hockey Academy Odisha

Indian Hockey legends, Dhanraj Pillay along with ace drag flicker Len Aiyapa and Dilip Tirkey visited the Naval Tata Hockey Academy Odisha (NTHA O) and interacted with the girl cadets and coaching staff of the Hockey High Performance Centre.

The trio surprised the young hockey players on the blue turf as they took on the sticks to share the tricks of the sport. They interacted and mingled with the young cadets and shared life learnings with them.

Sharing insights, with the cadets, from his time at the Olympics, Dhanraj Pillay said, “Never compare yourself with another, on any aspect. Only aim to better oneself at the game.”

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Len Aiyappa, India’s fastest and most successful drag-flicker demonstrated the art of drag flicking.

“I commend Odisha government for giving youngsters the opportunity and facilities here, besides hosting all international tournaments here. With all the facilities and a beautiful turf, the cadets are fortunate to be training at the Naval Tata Hockey Academy Odisha. They will have a bright future,” he said.

Hockey legend Dilip Tirkey was also present and gave specific tips on art of penalty corner to the girls.