Bhubaneswar: Former Indian Hockey Vice Captain Birendra Lakra on Thursday joined as Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Odisha Police.
Lakra joined as DSP at Odisha State Police Headquarters in Cuttack in the presence of Director General of Police (DGP) Sunil Kumar Bansal and other senior police officers.
Meanwhile, DGP Sunil Kumar Bansal congratulated Birendra Lakra for joining as DSP saying that it is a matter of immense pleasure to have the Olympian in the State Police who brought glory to Odisha and India.
Heartiest Congratulations to Birendra Lakra for joining as DSP in Odisha Police. It’s a matter of immense pleasure to have the Olympian in @odisha_police who brought glory to Odisha and India. pic.twitter.com/3cGg1PevhX
— Odisha Police (@odisha_police) February 17, 2022
Birendra Lakra, who was born on February 3, 1990 in Lachchada village in the Sundergarh District of Odisha, has reportedly played 201 matches for the country.
He represented India in Men’s Hockey during the 2012 London Olympics. In Tokyo 2020, he has been selected as vice captain of the Indian team that won the historic bronze medal. This is the first medal of the Indian team after a gap of 41 years.
It is to be noted here that Lakra announced his retirement from Hockey on September 30, 2021.