Jammu and Kashmir News
Jammu : Arjun and Tarun Gandotra, the two invincible inline hockey players from our state are making it big on the International platform and we hardly know anything about them or their sport.
In-line Hockey or the Roller-skate Hockey, very similar to Ice Hockey, is a team sport played on a wood, asphalt, cement or sport tile surface, in which players use a hockey stick to shoot a hard plastic hockey puck into their opponent’s goal to score points.There are five players including the goalie from each team on the rink at a time. Teams normally consist of 16 players that sit on the bench until it is their turn to play.
The Roller Skate Associations of every state in the country conduct district and the state level trials in which players are short-listed and then the National level medalists are qualified to represent the country on the International platform. The National team consists of 16 best players of the country out of which there are two goal-keepers and the remaining 14 playing members.
Elder brother Arjun, an electrical engineer and younger one Tarun, a Computer engineer, both from MIET Jammu have represented the state in many nationals and the country in Asian as well as International events.
Arjun stood on the 11th rank in the Global ranking a few years ago when he was playing in Venezuela. He has been awarded the highest state award by former CM Ghulam Nabi Azad. He has also been conferred with the Sher-e-Kashmir title. Arjun and his team won bronze medal in the Asian Championship under his captaincy. The younger brother, on the other hand, has played around 6 world championships and 4 Asian Championships and is currently playing Internationals in Italy.
Under SRO-349 in the State, Arjun was appointed Junior Engineer (Electrical) and Tarun, was appointed as a Sub-Inspector in the JK Police. Tarun, in his one of a kind achievement of qualifying for job under the Sports quota, is the only candidate from the Computer Science Engineering background. While Arjun practices twice in a week, Tarun is member of the Centre Sports Team in the JKP and practices daily during the morning as well as the evening sessions.
Managing studies along with sports wasn’t an easy task for the both of them. Attending the three-month training camps prior to the world Championships and focusing equally in studies was really hard for the both of them. The two brothers have successfully completed their engineering in the four year span.
Due to the ongoing electricity issues in the state, the elder brother, who is employed in the Power Development Department in State was unable to go for the World Championship. He was busy with the electricity cuts.
The two International In-Line Hockey players form the state complain of poor infrastructure. The negligence by the Ministries in promoting sports other than cricket is causing lack of opportunities to budding sportsmen from the State. Arjun however, acknowledged the efforts of the State Government mentioning the fact that a sportsman is contented when his hard work is recognized. He talked about the state award and the title he received along with the Job.
Arjun, in conversation with U4Uvoice, talks about the hard ship he faced while practicing for his sport. In the absence of a track, he along with his brother used to used to routinely practice on the road near the Zorawar Auditorium in the Jammu University. With the MA Stadium newly constructed, the track requirements are yet not fulfilled. The minimum required track length for their practice is 200 mts where as in the Stadium, the length of the track is just 150 mts.
U4UVoice wishes both the brother champions the best of luck for their future.