Hockey hurrah girl Bigan Soy has put careers of fellow players on the fast track.
Having offered the petite international goalie from Chaibasa a job, the Ranchi railway division is scouting for half a dozen of her ilk to fill in its sporty ranks that have in the past been graced by sprint queen P.T. Usha and Olympic bronze wrestler Sushil Kumar.
“We are looking to recruit six hockey girls who have shown exemplary talent either at state or national level. Applications have been invited from across Jharkhand,” said Savitri Purty, a former international player and Soy’s hockey mentor who also works with the railways.
Interested candidates have been asked to send in their entries either to Purty’s office in Ranchi or directly to Garden Reach, Calcutta, the headquarters of South Eastern Railway. The last date is October 18.
Sources at Ranchi railway office said a few hockey players had already applied in the capital, while some had sent their requests to Garden Reach.
Indian Railways is one of the biggest employers of the country’s sporting fraternity.
Soy, who shot to fame after she ensured India’s historic bronze win against England at the Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on August 4, will have a job in hand soon.
Ranchi DRM G. Mallya has already sent her recruitment file to the SER headquarters. While job for her is almost certain, Soy will have to face trial like her fellow players.
“A match will be held in Calcutta to select six,” Purty said, adding that the date of trial was yet to be decided.
Soy, who is currently practising at the SAI centre in Bariatu, said she would love to be a part of the Indian Railways. “Most of us come from poor families and a job is priority. But, that does not mean I will give up hockey,” she added.
Anima Minz from Chanho, Ranchi, who has played both junior and senior nationals, is among applicants for a railway job. “I have to support my family. A career is as important as my game,” she said.