Will be relieved at the end of the event, says FIH medical officer

Dr. Bibhu Nayak, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) medical officer, is a native of the city as well as the representative of the international federation.

Dr. Bibhu Nayak is as a sports medicine expert at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.   -  Special Arrangement

With the Hockey World Cup progressing towards its business end, Dr. Bibhu Nayak has started his countdown. He will have a sigh of relief when the tournament is done without any major issues.

Dr. Nayak, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) medical officer, is a native of the city as well as the representative of the international federation. The biggest challenge for him was to sensitise the staff of various team hotels so that the food poisoning issue that brought bad name to the city during the Hockey World League Final here last year did not happen again.

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“I have sensitised the food handlers to prevent food poisoning. I have sensitised all the staff of all the team hotels here in order to curb issues related to food and hygiene. Reinforcement was part of the job. I will be relieved once the tournament ends smoothly,” Dr. Nayak, who earlier worked as a team doctor with the Indian hockey team and is currently the chairman of the Asian Hockey Federation's medical committee, told Sportstar.

The other challenge was to tackle issues related to players' injuries. “We don't know anything about these athletes' history. If something happens to an athlete, then we need to give them the best possible solution. They have got an unrealistic expectation to make them all right with limited resources in the earliest possible time so that they can go back to active sports.

“For example, when the Argentine and Pakistan players had injuries, we completed the due process as soon as possible and facilitated immediate replacement of the injured players.”

The aim was to “do immediate disposal through imaging, consultation, management or intervention – whatever is needed...We have to make a decision on the actual on-ground evidence,” said Dr. Nayak, employed as a sports medicine expert at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.