THE HISTORICAL Garrison ground of Mhow has been dedicated to the great hockey Olympian (late) Padmashri Shankar Lakshman. Infantry School has named it as ‘Honorary Captain Shankar Lakshman Stadium’. Lakshman died on April 29 this year after suffering for about two months from gangrene in his leg.
A few days ago, a huge board to this effect was fixed at the entrance of the stadium. It all started when the Infantry School Commandant Lt Gen Satyevir Yadav went to the house of Lakshman to hand over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh sent by the Army Chief Gen J J Singh to his widow Shantabai on June 5 this year.
At that time, Lt Gen Yadav, replying to a question on what will the Army do to revive hockey in Mhow, had said that first of all the Garrison Ground would be named after this great hockey player of Mhow. Thereafter, a hockey tournament will be started in his name on the same ground.
Lt Gen Yadav told Hindustan Times on Thursday that it was a matter of great pride that the Ground had been named after the legendary hockey player. Regarding the tournament, he said that it would be held by the end of January or by the first week of February next year. The annual tournament will be played at district-level initially and gradually upgraded.