Rourkela Steel Plant on 6 October 2014 felicitated Birendra Lakra, the hockey player who was a part of the triumphant India team that defeated Pakistan in the final of men's hockey to bag the gold medal in Asian Games after 16 years.
Lakra, an alumnus of SAIL Hockey Academy played a key role in India's campaign at Incheon, South Korea.
Birendra Lakra in Hockey
• Lakra was spotted by SAIL Hockey Academy coach Peter Tirkey in 2003 during an inter-school tournament and enrolled him in the day scholar scheme of SAIL Hockey Academy
• Further in 2004, he was taken in the SAIL Hockey Academy as a cadet, where he was groomed till 2009
• Lakra with the expert guidance of coaches like Tirkey, Harman Lakra and Rajukant Saini created space as a sport star of international repute
• Till date, Lakra has represented India in several important events that include London Olympics 2012 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014
• Lakra as a player is capable of playing at any position
Where: in Rourkela
What: on 6 October 2014