Vincent Lakra was Indian Hockey team’s central forward during the 1978 world cup and was a crucial part of the team which went on to defeat host Argentina to finish fifth in the competition.
Images from Vincent’s Hockey Days. Divya Bhaskar
Forced to take care of a family of 11, Vincent currently works as a farmer in the paddy fields of Chhattisgarh.
Vincent Lakra. Rajasthan Patrika
Today, things have changed and Vincent is now forced to live life if poverty in the tribal village of Sithraa, Chhattisgarh.
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“I don’t even have a pakka (lintel) house to live. I get a pension of Rs 5,000 from the state government but that is not enough to support a family of 11 members.”
Vincent though tried his level best to continue to provide for his family and even took up coaching.