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Junior Hockey WC: How Mrinal Chakraborty transformed depressed world cuppers

By: Sujata Sarkar

New Delhi, Dec 10: Mrinal Chakraborty is a well-known sports psychologist. Once a hockey player for Indian Railways, Mrinal studied on 'human resource management' from AR University in Cambridge and then developed his studies on 'performance management'.

But his biggest achievement so far has been that he has mastered the method of NLP (Nero Linguistics Programme) which helps a sportsman to detect his exact mental and physical deficiency and then deliver his best.

India Junior Hockey team

This method is, nowadays, used by some of the world's top class sportsmen like Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt.

Hockey India appointed Chakraborty for its junior national squad two years ago. Looking forward to the junior World Cup championship, being held in Lucknow, Hockey India wanted the juniors to come to a shape to become champions. India has not won a Junior World Cup in last 11 years.

Harender Singh who has been training juniors for a long time observed that these junior boys are extremely talented, but they have mental obstructions as most of them had come up fighting against poverty and different kinds of social obstacles.

That is why they could not deliver their best. When Chakraborty joined the junior national camp in Shilaru two years ago, he found several players had been struggling with building up their mental strength.

Chakarborty, speaking over phone from Bengaluru, on Friday said, “For example I can say about Harjit Singh, the captain of the Indian team. His father is a truck driver. He had to make huge struggle in his early days while learning the game at a local hockey coaching center.

After having joined the camp I noticed Harjit, despite having sheer talent, remained gloomy. The only thought he has was how he could improve the financial condition of his family."

Chakraborty spoke of another promising player in the team Arman Kureshi.

The psychologist said, “His father is a butcher by profession. And his family initially created a lot of obstructions for Arman to play hockey. Arman was always shaky as he thought he would have to go back home to join his father's profession.

So, I started talking to them separately and inspired them by saying, they must have to think positive even in extreme crisis. That is the only way to strengthen mind."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 17:33 [IST]
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