Imphal, June 25: International midfielder Kangujam Chinglensana Singh’s fondest hopes of playing for the country have been realised, but he cherishes a dream of representing India in the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.
Twenty-six-year-old Chinglensana Singh, who is in the probables list of the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month, feels that India is slowly and steadily regaining foothold in international hockey.
Recalling his struggling days, Chinglensana said he is from a poor family of Bashikhong Loumanbi in Imphal East district, but his fondness for sports, particularly hockey, helped him make it to the international level.
He said it was the encouragement and support from his local mentor, Th. Brojen Singh, an international player, that enabled his success. “Without his support, I would have been nowhere today,” he said.
Chinglensana started playing hockey since 2001, for his local club MEIRAA, and started participating in the state-level tournaments at the junior level. However, his break at the national level came in 2006 when he represented the state in the under-14 inter-school hockey tournament in New Delhi.
Based on his performance, the New Delhi-based PNB Hockey Academy had called him for a trial and was selected. While in the academy, he was selected for a Singapore tour and started playing junior international matches.
So far, Chinglensana has played in 51 international matches and has scored five goals. He is at present employed in the Western Railway as a senior ticket collector.
Apart from Chinglensana, another state native, Kh. Kothajit Singh, is also in the probables list for the Commonwealth Games.
The training camp started at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.
Chinglensana will leave Imphal for the camp tomorrow.
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