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Tata Steel Meramandali Promotes Professional Volleyball in Dhenkanal

  • Trained by the Company, Akash Patra and Subrat Behera represent Odisha at National Volleyball Championship
  • U14 Boys team mentored by Tata Steel Meramandaliemerged champion during the weekend sports volleyball tournament, Bhubaneswar zone organised by Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha.

        More than 580 male and 70 female players from 15 villages are being trained by national-level volleyball coach

 Narendrapur, May 17, 2022: For over a century, encouraging and supporting sports have been part of Tata Steel’s tradition. While nurturing players at its sporting academies for hockey, football and archery, the steel major has been promoting several other sports across its operational locations. Carrying forward this legacy, Tata Steel Meramandali (TSM) has been mentoring young volleyball players around its operational areas in Narendrapur, Dhenkanal.

Two of the players trained by TSM, Akash Patra and Subrat Behera, from Raghunathpur and Khaliberena villages respectively, have been selected to the Odisha State Volleyball Team. They represented the state in the recently concluded 24th NationalYouth Volleyball Championship held at Islampur, Maharashtra from May 10-15, 2022.

Speaking of the success of the players, Ashutosh Patra, who has been engaged by TSM as the coach for the players, said, “It was a challenging task to bring these young talented players to the level they are at right now. Earlier, they were playing during their leisure time in regions without the necessary sporting infrastructure. Since the initiative began in June 2019, they have remained motivated to take up sport and fitness seriously. I see great potential in these players.”

Thanking TSM for their support, Behera said: “It was a great experience for me to play for Odisha and the national level. My hard work and constant guidance by our coach made it possible. I thank Tata Steel Meramandali for all their assistance.”

Asish Bhutia another bright young talent coached and mentored by Tata Steel Meramandali represented Odisha in National Volleyball Championship held at Rudrapur, Uttarakhand in April 2022. Besides this, many other players from the region who have been supported by TSM have gone on to participate at district and state-level tournaments and championships.

During the weekend sports volleyball tournament, Bhubaneswar zone, which was concluded on May 16, 2022, theU14 Boys mentored and coached by Tata Steel Meramandali emerged as champions organised by the Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha.

Players from 15 peripheral villages from six Gram Panchayats such as Mangalpur, Nuahata, Nuagaon, Shibapur, Paik Purunakote and Kusupangaaround TSM’s operational area have been trained by Ashutosh Patra, a national level coach, since June 2019. There are around 580 male and 70 female enthusiastic volleyball players who are actively participating in training and fitness programmes. TSM has provided the required infrastructure to support their aspirations, including sports equipment, volleyball courts and a dedicated coach in Ashutosh Patra, to promote volleyball in the region. All these players are being coached for junior, sub-junior and senior categories.

Earlier, due to a lack of proper infrastructure, the players were facing difficulty playing after sunset. TSM has developed two solar-powered volleyball courts in Khaliberana and Mangalpur villages, helping the players practice unhindered. Volleyball is gradually transforming the rural sports landscape in the region, with the promise of promoting local sporting talent.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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