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Tata girls in state squad

Five cadets from Tata Steel Training Centre have made it to the 16-member state outfit for the 37th Junior National Handball Championship for girls to be held at Coimbatore from June 11 to 15.

The trainees from the Tata cradle are Roshni Bist, Sweta Kumari, Suman Kumari, Anita Mahanand and Nisha Kumari.

Others in the Jharkhand contingent comprise Padma Rao, Khushboo Vishwakarma, Puja Kumari, Aarti Kumari, Noor Saba, Neha Singh and Shubham Kumari from East Singhbhum and Rashmi Kumari, Priyanka Singh, Mateshwari Kumari and Veena Tirkey from Gumla.

Zunu Raen and Anisur Rahman will accompany the team as coach and manager, respectively. Md Sarfaraz Ahmad is the referee.

Announcing the squad on Sunday evening, Jharkhand State Handball Association secretary Khurshid Khan said they expected the eves to perform well at the national meet. “We conducted a week-long training camp at the JRD Sports Complex during which the girls trained hard for the Coimbatore event. I am optimistic of a good show from them,” he added.

Khan added that the state outfit could not send a girls’ team to the last nationals owing to unavoidable circumstances.

Tata Steel sports department head Charles Borromeo said girls from the training centre were talented and would give their best at the national meet.

“We are happy that five of our trainees have bagged spots in the state squad. All are hard workers and will leave no stone unturned to score goals,” he added.

The Tata Steel Training Centre has produced a number of handballers who have proved their mettle at various national-level tournaments.

Boys and girls at the cradle fine-tune their skills under the expert guidance of experienced mentors.