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Dinesh Claims Dragflick King Title in Thrilling First Edition


In a groundbreaking event, Hockey Tiruvallur hosted the first-ever Dragflick King contest, a remarkable showcase of power and precision in dragflicking. The competition witnessed the rise of exceptional talents, with Dinesh from Madurai emerging as the undisputed champion. Flicking at an incredible speed of 114kmph, Dinesh left spectators in awe and secured the coveted title.



Somanna. Vijay Sarathi & Dinesh with Mr Jothikumaran & Mr Prabhakaran

The journey to the finals was filled with fierce battles and intense challenges. Competitors like Somanna and Vijaya Saradhi showcased their exceptional skills, pushing themselves to their limits. Somanna from Indian Bank clinched second place with a blistering speed of 113kmph, while Vijaya Saradhi from SRM claimed third place with an impressive 111kmph flick.


Mr. Jothikumaran, former Secretary General of the Indian Hockey Federation, witnessed the contest and presented Dinesh with a cheque of Rs 25000 during the halftime of the Tiruvallur Premier League. He commended the participants, stating, "The Dragflick King contest demonstrates the immense talent and dedication present in our country. These athletes possess a rare skill that can change the course of a game. It was truly a sight to behold."


Overwhelmed with joy and gratitude, Dinesh expressed his feelings, saying, "Winning the Dragflick King contest is a dream come true. I am thankful to Hockey Tiruvallur for providing this incredible platform. This victory is a testament to my coaches' and teammates' hard work and support. It inspires me to strive for greater heights."


The Sri Ramachandra Centre for Sports Science played a pivotal role in the success of the Dragflick King contest, bringing its scientific knowledge and technical expertise to enhance the competition. With their state-of-the-art facilities and experienced team of sports scientists, they provided valuable insights and support to the participants, enabling them to maximize their potential in the art of dragflicking. From analyzing biomechanics to fine-tuning techniques, the Centre's contributions elevated the contest to new heights.


Dr. Shishir, a renowned dragflick researcher, expressed his admiration for the competition, highlighting the exceptional talent and dedication displayed by the participants. He commended the organizers for creating a platform that not only showcased the skills of the dragflickers but also provided valuable data and insights for further research and development in this specialized area of hockey.


Dr. Prakash Ayyadurai, alongside Padmashri V Baskaran, shared their thoughts on the contest, emphasizing its significance in nurturing and promoting the art of dragflicking. They highlighted the positive impact it had on the participating athletes, their growth as individuals, and the overall advancement of the sport. Their combined quote encapsulated the essence of the competition: "The Dragflick King contest is a testament to the power of dedication, technique, and innovation. It has been a remarkable journey witnessing these athletes push their boundaries and showcase their extraordinary talent. We believe this contest will inspire future generations and contribute to the continued evolution of dragflicking in Indian hockey."


The first edition of the Dragflick King contest marked a significant milestone in Indian hockey, showcasing the exceptional talents of dragflickers. Hockey Tiruvallur's pioneering initiative will inspire future generations to embrace and excel in this specialized skill, elevating the sport to new horizons.

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