Odisha’s BK Nayak Becomes First Indian Medical Officer For The Olympics

Odisha-born Col (Dr.) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak has been appointed as the FIH Medical Officer for Hockey at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nayak had earlier served as the medical officer to the men’s hockey team during the World Cup that was held in Bhubaneswar in 2018 and is the first Indian to be appointed for this role.

Hockey India on Friday congratulated Nayak in a release, highlighting his degrees in Sports Traumatology and Sports & Exercise Physiology from the National Institute of Sports Medicine at Havana, Cuba and the National Sports Centre at Madrid, Spain. Nayak was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps of the Indian Army in 1995, working in the Army Sports Institute in Pune for six years, and has experience with top athletes in the country.

“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.