Bhubaneswar: A book on the achievements of tribal Odia hockey players from the state was released by Union petroleum and skill development minister Dharmendra Pradhan here last evening.
The book titled Hockey Hai Zindegi (Hockey Is Life), Written by noted sports journalist Satyendra Pal Singh, depicts the struggle of tribal hockey players of Odisha, mostly from Sundargarh district.
In the release ceremony organised by National Yuva Cooperative Society Limited, besides Pradhan, the author of the book, team India captain Manpreet Singh and representatives from the organising team were also present.
Members of the Indian Hockey team, sports persons from Odisha and other dignitaries were also seen i the audience.
Hockey Hai Zindegi is about the life and struggle of Odia tribal hockey players who have found berth in national team. Their excellent performance in national and international matches despite hurdles also has been featured in the book.