NEWS DELHI, DEC 17
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Hockey Team beat Army Artillery Center, Nasik team 2-1 to win the Late Seth Balbhaduaji Kayal National Hockey Tournament on Sunday. This is the second national level tournament won by SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) team within a week, having won the 115th All India Aga Khan Gold Hockey Tournament on December 9.
Adding joy to the celebration, Kingson Singh and Samir Ekka of SHA team were adjudged the Man of the Match and Best Player of the Tournament respectively.
SAIL Hockey Team defeated Maharashtra Police, Aurangabad, Amravati and AOC- Secunderabad on its way to the final.
A total of 37 teams from across the country participated in tournament played from December 10 to 16 in Hingoli, Maharashtra.
SAIL is firmly on the path of its commitment to nurture National and International level players for the country.
The year 2018 has been a remarkable year for SAIL Hockey Academy, with the SHA team notching up a string of successes in many prestigious tournaments of the country. Several cadets of the academy made it into the Indian National Hockey Team. Birendra Lakra, an alumnus of SHA represented India in the recently concluded Hockey World Cup played at Bhubaneswar. Besides, Silanand Lakra and Pankaj Rajak, cadets of the academy, donned the national colours in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament and Sultan Johar Cup Hockey Tournament held at Malaysia. This year, SHA also won the Shri Nawagrah Trophy All India invitation Hockey Tournament and 8th Vinod Khandekar under 21 All India Gold Cup Hockey Tournament.