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  LIFE & STYLE IN ODISHA SPORTS  
 
Sports is not hard work all the way. There is fun, friendship and style. Sports in Odisha is no exception. Following is a collection of special moments of sportspersons of the state.
 
 
 
Stylish Odisha cricketer Govind Poddar loves tatoo. The middle-order batsman from Rourkela is also fond of upmarket clothing.
 
 
 
White beard, cool sun glass and short hairdo do not make Khurda District Basketball Association secretary a stylish sports organiser. On the contrary, he is hardworking and dedicated. A valuable asset for basketball in Odisha.
 
 
 
Odisha pace bowler Alok Mangaraj with former Australia allrounder and Odisha chief coach Michael Bevan.
 
 
 
East Coast Railway allrounder Rakesh Mohanty proudly poses with Kalahandi Cup, the symbol of supremacy in Senior Men Inter-District Cricket Tournament at Ravenshaw University ground, Cuttack.
 
 
 
We all know Odisha cricketer Rakesh Mohanty loves sunglass. But another thing he likes is cage. He, however, knows how to come out of it.
 
 
 
Opening batsman Natraj Behera (Left) and allrounder Bibhudutta Panda _ two good cricketers of Odisha are good friends as well.
 
 
 
TOP TACKLERS: Odisha hockey internationals (Left to Right) Lazrus Barla, Birendra Lakra and Prabodh Tirkey at the newly constructed Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex in Bhubaneswar on October 29, 2013.
 
 
 
When it comes to style, Odisha cricketer Abhilash Mallick is perhaps the best among his teammates.
 
 
 
A right-hand middle-order batsman, Abhilash Mallick is also most visible Odisha cricketer on facebook.
 
 
 
Chess WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty looks trim, slim, simple and beautiful.
 
 
 
When it comes choosing colour, Odisha batman Arabind Singh seems to like red the most. He too is a fashion conscious guy.
 
 
 
Odisha allrounder Alok Sahoo loves bikes. He would like to fly if it is a Ducati.
 
 
 
When it comes to fashion, former Odisha Ranji team captain Pravanjan Mullick is no novice. One of his many hobbies is changing hairdo.
 
 
 
Bhubaneswar-based woman football player-turned-referee Sudipta Dash is a stylish sports personality.
 
 
 
Subit Biswal, one of leading all-rounders of Cricket Odisha, with his beautiful wife at an unknown place and unknown date
 
 
 
Leading chess coaches Satya Ranjan Patnaik and Manoj Kumar Panigrahi relax in a bright natural ambience at an unkwon place and date. Leading players themselves in their hey-days, the duo is now functioning as office-bearers of All Odisha Chess Association as well.
 
 
 
Interesting opponents at the KIIT Cup International Chess Tournament in Bhubaneswar on May 26, 2014.
 
 
 
Former Odisha Ranji team captain Sourajit Mohapatra with his son Swojit (fondly known as Neel) in Cuttack. Will Neel be as good as a cricketer his father was? Well, the Junior Mohapatra has already acquired the basic skills of a cricketer. But how good he can be while growing up only time will tell.
 
 
 
Sports journalist Kumar Bimal with his wife Rashmita at their wedding ceremony in Balasore on May 30, 2014.
 
 
 
TV sports reporter Jagdish Das with his wife Sonali Jhinuk Ghose on the auspicious occasion of their wedding at Bhubaneswar on April 18, 2014.
 
 
 
Men behind the success of Unit-VI Athletic Association. Secretary Dilip Kumar Das (Left) and vice-president Prafulla Kumar Mishra at the Unit-6 High School ground in Bhubaneswar on July 16, 2014.
 
 
 
HAPPY FAMILY OF HOCKEY ODISHA: Former India hockey captain and his wife Sweta with their twin babies at an unknown place in 2014.
 
 
 
SAD SAGA OF SPORTS ODISHA: Fighting against poverty, Dutee Chand of Odisha became a bloosuming sprint sensation of India. But controversy shattered her dreams.
 
 
 
Odisha allrounder Priyatosh Paramanik likes to look stylish.
 
 
 
ARBITORS IN ACTION: Arghya Arpan Parida (Left) and Biswajita Mohanty, the two new National chess arbiters of Odisha analyse a game in Cuttack.
 
 
 
Basant Mohanty has been doing a good job as the pace spearhead of Odisha senior cricket team. He is also an useful batsman as well.
 
 
 
Chess Olympiad gold medal winner Padmini Rout with her parents and elder sister at Bhubaneswar airport on August 17, 2014.
 
 
 
Five star cricketers of Odisha at star hotel in Bhubaneswar on 2014. They are (L to R) Rashmi Ranjan Parida, Prashant Mohapatra, Debasis Mohanty, Sanjay Raul and Shiv Sundar Das.
 
 
 
Former Odisha Sports Minister Prabin Chandra Bhanjadeo (Centre) and Odisha Football Association president Debasish Samantaray at Barabati Stadium on the occasion of first ODI between India and Sri Lanka on November 2, 2014.
 
 
 
Odisha pace bowler Alok Mangaraj with state teammates Basant Mohanty, Biplab Samanantaray, Paresh Patel, Anurag Sarangi, Subhrajit Sahoo and Aravind Singh on the occasion of his marriage in Bhubaneswar on March 12, 2015.
 
 
 
Bhubaneswar-A captain Priyabrata Pradhan does not seem happy to lift the Kalahandi Cup, symbol of supremacy in Senior Inter-District Cricket Tournament. Perhaps Priyabrata feels a bit sad that they had to beat Bhubaneswar-B to regain the trophy on March 12, 2015.
 
 
 
Cuttack captain Madhusmita Behera and teammate BM Swaha Nayak pose with the Inter-District champions Trophy in Cuttack on March 22, 2015.
 
 
 
Odisha swing bowler Basant Mohanty and his wife Lipsi at their wedding reception in Bhubaneswar on June 3, 2015.
 
 
 
RARE KARATE COMBINATION: Promising Odisha karateka Payal Baral with her father and coach Mahesh at Utkal Karate School in Bhubaneswar on June 12, 2015.
 
 
 
TWO LEGENDS OF SPORTS ODISHA: Ace women hurdler Anuradha Biswal (Left) and former India women football captain Sradhanjali Samantaray share a happy moment at an unknwon place.
 
 
 
Former Odisha football captain Nipendra Das enjoying time with his son Sai Adyansh. Nipendra is married to former international woman footballer Gitanjali Khuntia.
 
 
 
Dhyanendra Bhanjadeo, the price of Odisha football. Son of Kanika king S N Bhanjadeo, Dhyanendra has truly provided a royal touch to football in Odisha. A student of Delhi Public School, Dhyanendra scored 11 goals including two hat-tricks to emerge as the best player of the 25th Kalinga Marine-Bibekananda Memorial Inter-School Football Tournament at Bhubaneswar on Sept 16, 2014.
 
 
 
Odisha girl Shilpi Swarupa Das, a trainee of Bangalore-based Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academy, in action at the Nalco Open Tennis Tournament in Bhubaneswar on December 20, 2014.
 
 
 
Sweta Senapati of Angul has the qualities to become a future chess star of Odisha. She seems fashion conscious and good at the game as well.
 
 
 
FIDE Master Soumya Ranjan Mishra is an eminent but unsung chess player of Odisha. He tied the nuptial knot with Sanchita Sarmistha Priyadarshini on November 27, 2013. Orisports.com wishes the nice couple a happy married life.
 
 
 
Odisha Ranji team captain Abhilash Mallick with his best friend Swikrutee Mohanty. ``#u r back in town#wait gets ova finally#proudofu#d captain of orissa cricket team aftrall# 126 grt innings# cricketers r always cute# swthrt u r# bestbuddy#drive#loadzofun#daywellspend#’’ wrote Swikrutee after Abhilash hit his maiden first-class ton.
 
 
 
STRIKERS OF ODISHA: Goal scoring women footballers (L to R) Pyari Xaxa, Sasmita Malik, Pinky Magar and Sinulata Sahoo in Thrissur on February 5, 2015.
 
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