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FULL NAME: William Xalxo
GENDER: Male
BORN: June 14, 1984 (Source: International Hockey Federation)
ORIGINAL HOME ADDRESS: Rengarbhar, Rajgangpur, Sundargarh, Odisha, India.
PRESENT ADDRESS: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
FAMILY: Alouis Xalxo (Father), Agatha Xalxo (Mother), Alfrida Xalxo (Wife), Anselem Xalxo (Son), Anselen Xalxo (Daughter).
ACADEMIC EDUCATION: Studied at Birsa Munda Bidyapitha, Rourkela and Sambalpur University
PROFESSION: Working at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.
PLAYING POSITION: Full back
PRODUCT OF: Panposh Sports Hostel, Rourkela and Air India Hockey Academy, Delhi (2001).
RECEIVED COACHING FROM: Not known
AWARDS: Received Ekalabya Puraskar in 2004.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS:

NATIONAL:
*     Represented Hockey Gangpur-Odisha in the 6th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (Division-A), held at Saifai in Uttar Pradesh from April 20 to May 1, 2016.
*     He was a member of the Odisha team that lost in the semifinals of the Junior National Championship at Karimnagar in December, 2001.
*     He was a member of the IHF Junior team that won the Murugappa Gold Cup Tournament at Chennai in July, 2003.


INTERNATIONAL:
*     He was a member of the Orissa Steelers team that won the title in the Premier Hockey League (PHL), defeating Sher-e-Jalandhar 2-1 in the best-of-three finals in 2007.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished fourth in the Champions Trophy Tournament at Lahore in December, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that lost the Two-Test Series against France 0-1 at Delhi in December, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that tied the Two-Test Series against Spain 1-1 at Chandigarh in November, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that lost the Three-Test Series against Netherlands 0-2 at Hyderabad in Feb, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that lost the series against Pakistan in Sep/Oct, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished seventh in the Athens Olympic Games in August, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished runners-up in the Four-Nation Tournament at Dusseldorf (Germany) in July, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished last in the Four-Nation Tournament at Amstelveen (Holland) in June-July, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished runners-up in the Four-Nation Tournament at Gifu (Japan) in May, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that won Junior Asia Cup at Karachi in April, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished fourth in the Olympic Qualifier at Madrid (Spain) in March, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that finished last in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament at Kuala Lumpur in January, 2004.
*     He was a member of the Indian team that won the Six-Nation Junior Challenge Tournament at Gniezno (Poland) in August, 2003.
*     Made his international debut in the Four-Nation Junior Tournament, which India won at Bukit Jalil Stadium in January, 2003.

OTHER NOTABLE INFORMATION:
*     According to media reports, his father Alouis had to work from morning to night on a small plot of land to feed his family and when the produce from the land proved not enough he went to Kolkata to earn a living as a labourer.
*     During his childhood days, William studied in Kesramal School and played hockey with village friends.
*     William used to help his mother Agatha in the fields or his grandfather Nathaniel, who tried to earn some money working as a mason.
*     But everything seemed to change when he was nine years old -- his father died after a brief illness and William, the eldest among three siblings, suddenly learnt the meaning of responsibility.
*     He realised he had to somehow do something to ease the burden on his mother and grandfather.

PROFILE FIRST UPLOADED: 24 January, 2010
PROFILE LAST UPDATED: 14 July, 2021


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