Bhubaneswar: For Col (Dr,) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, an expert in Sports Traumatology and Sports and Exercise Physiology, it is nothing short of a dream come true. A native of Bhubaneswar, the doctor has been named as the FIH Medical Officer for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 scheduled to begin from November 28 at the Kalinga Stadium. He is the first Indian to be named by FIH as the Medical Officer for a World Cup.
Col (Dr.) Nayak has extensively trained in Sports Traumatology & Sports & Exercise Physiology from National Institute of Sports Medicine at Havana, Cuba & National Sports Centre at Madrid, Spain. He was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps of Indian Army in 1995 and has worked in the Army Sports Institute, Pune for six years.
“It was always my childhood dream to represent India in sports but pressure from family to excel in studies derailed that dream. However, my unwavering passion for sports enabled me to take up the role of team doctor and eventually wear the India colours. I always wanted to wear the Services uniform too so this was the best way possible to live my dreams,” he said.
His first International stint as the team doctor was in 2007 when he took up the role with Indian Youth Boxing Team for a span of two years. He began working with the Indian National Hockey Team since 2009, having accompanied the team to events such as Sultan Azlan Shah Shah Cup in 2009 and 2010, XIX Commonwealth Games 2010, XVI Asian Games 2010, Men’s Hockey World Cup New Delhi 2010 and Asian Champions Trophy, Doha Qatar in 2012. He was also the Team Doctor at 2012 London Olympic Games.