Ranjit Dutta, Minister of Handloom, Irrigation and Textiles and President of Biswhnath Charali Sport's Association formally opened the 8th National Sub-Junior (Men) Hockey Championship 2018 at Hojai Stadium ground on Fridayafternoon.
Speaking on the occasion, He Said,"The Aim of Assam Government is to train the young talented youth's of Assam, so that they can feature their talent at International games, Assam has many hidden talents."
He further said," Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is taking major steps to upgrade the sports activities in Assam, We have taken major steps where if a player from Assam wins at any International game, he will be awarded with one Crore rupees plus an government Job."
Shiladitya Dev, Hojai MLA said," Hojai is newly formed district and we are Very delighted to host this mega event here, today their may be shortage of some amenities, but one day in Hojai will host national games continuously."
Mukesh Agarwalla,ADGP said," We must take inspiration from Major Dayan Chand, how he was dedicated towards his game at age of 12 and started playing hockey and won many international tournaments for the Nation."
The welcome speech was delivered by Manvendra Pratap Singh,Deputy Commissioner,Hojai. In the beginning of the opening ceremony flag' s of Hockey India,Assam Hockey Association and Hojai District Sport's Assocition were hoisted and altogether 21state's teams Marched the ground. Cultural programme was also organised.
Bishnu Prasad Rabha, DIG, Devojyoti Mukherjee, Superintendent Of Police, Hojai District, Mamta Dey, Chairperson HMB, Rajnish Mishra, Former Player and many other dignitaries shared the dais. The anochring was done by Tapan Das , Treasurer Hockey India and Secretary, Assam Hockey Association.
On Friday in the pooling match' s Rajasthan Hockey Team beat Telangana Hockey team by 9 goals, Himachal Hockey team beat Uttrakand Hockey team by 1 goal, Bengal Hockey Association beat Kerala Hockey by 10 goals, Him Hockey beat Bengaluru Hockey by 3 goals, Sports Authority of Gujarat (Hockey Academy) beat Hockey Jammu and Kashmir by 3 goals.
Match between Mumbai Hockey Association ltd and Hockey Madhya Pradesh was draw, Assam Hockey and Hockey Coorg match was draw and Match between Hockey Mizoram and Hockey Gujarat was Forieted.