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Odisha doctor becomes first Indian medical officer for Olympics

Col (Dr.) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak has been appointed the FIH Medical Officer for hockey at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is the first Indian to be appointed in the role.

Nayak was previously the medical officer for the men’s hockey team for the World Cup that was held in Bhubaneswar in 2018.

Hockey India said in a release congratulating Nayak that he has extensively trained in Sports Traumatology & Sports & Exercise Physiology from National Institute of Sports Medicine at Havana, Cuba & National Sports Centre at Madrid, Spain.

“I am extremely honoured that FIH recognises my work at the Hockey World Cup last year and has again considered an Indian doctor for the role of a Medical Officer for the prestigious Olympic Games,” said Nayak.

“I’m extremely honoured as I’m the only doctor from India who will be there as the medical officer for the hockey event. It was a childhood dream to be at the Olympics. It is a huge responsibility and I”m confident of doing justice to the role. It will be of great pleasure working with elite athletes from around the globe,” he added.

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