Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam from Manipur, shares future plans for development of hockey in the Northeast Credit: Hockey India

Despite producing a number of international stars from the Northeastern region, hockey is yet to gain the expected momentum in the region. However, Hockey India’s officiating president Gyanendro Ningombam is quite optimistic and believes that India will see many more players rising out of the Northeast and shine for India in the future.

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In an exclusive interview with EastMojo.com over an e-mail, officiating president Gyanendro Ningombam, the Hockey India president, who is from Manipur himself, spoke about a number of aspects regarding the game and the future plans of Hockey India for the development of the game in the Northeastern region.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. What is your plan for the expansion of Hockey in the most remote areas of NE?

Q. How can hockey gain the necessary popularity in NE?

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Q. What is your plan for strengthening infrastructure for hockey in the region?

Q. Despite producing a number of international stars from the region, why hockey is yet to gain the expected momentum in the NE?

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Q. Coming to Assam, what are the immediate plans of Hockey India for the infrastructural development in the state?

From your point of view when will Indian Hockey regain its glory in the Olympics?

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Q. How did the pandemic affect Hockey as a whole in the region?

Q. What’s your plan to improve hockey in post-COVID India?

Earlier in the year, Gyanendro Ningombam was named as the new officiating president of Hockey India by its Executive Board in July.

Following the resignation of Mohd Mushtaaque Ahmad as the president of the Hockey India in July citing personal and family commitments, the Executive Board members held an Emergency Executive Board meeting and subsequently nominated and approved its senior vice-president Ningombam as the new officiating president, said an official statement.

Prior to this, Ningombam was associated with Manipur Hockey for several years been and had been instrumental in supporting talented players and the development of the sport at the grassroots level.

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