Bigan Soy receives the cheque from ONGC general manager SMK Hayat in Bokaro on Monday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
It’s like balm on Bigan Soy’s bruised heart.
The iron lass of Indian hockey, who brought bronze glory to the country in the junior world cup played in Germany last year and is since waiting for a promised railway job in Ranchi division, was on Monday awarded a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh by multinational oil major ONGC.
The public sector enterprise’s Bokaro general manager S.M.K. Hayat felicitated the 20-year-old goalie, whose save defeated England 3-2 in penalty shootout during the tourney at Mönchengladbach, with a memento and uttariya, and handed over the cheque at the oil major’s office in Sector I of Bokaro steel city.
The soft-spoken Bigan, who but has nerves of steel, has been selected to attend a camp in Patiala, Punjab, in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, later this year.
She leaves for the southeastern Punjab city on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the young resident of West Singhbhum’s Bandgaon said her only dream was to be a part of Team India and win gold for the country.
“I have a long way to go; a lot more to learn (about the game of hockey); and make my country proud. Hockey is all about speed and skills. A goalkeeper needs a very high degree of alertness. Every second counts. A match can be won and lost because of a goalie. I do not wish to let my state and country down,” said the girl who, ironically. has been let down by both the Centre and Jharkhand.
More than nine months have lapsed since Hockey Junior World Cup stars Bigan and defender Nilima Minz were promised railway jobs, but the Ranchi division under South Eastern Railway (SER) is reneging on the deal, citing no vacancies.
But, Bigan has no bitter feelings.
“It feels good just to be felicitated,” she told The Telegraph, adding that she would spend a part of the money on hockey gear.
“I thank ONGC and everyone who has supported me and encouraged me to play my best game. I will prove my mettle whenever I get a chance,” she promised.
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