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Dutta continuing family legacy

Star Fijian midfielder, Leevan Dutta’s journey in Fiji’s field hockey is deeply rooted in the family legacy with a passion for the sport.

It is said that the coconut does not fall far from the tree; 31-yr-old Leevan’s Mum, Alison Southey is a former Fiji captain.

The Ventures stalwart was practically raised; eating, drinking and sleeping hockey on a hockey green.

Dutta’s love for the sport was ignited early at the Veiuto School Grounds in Nasese.

Leevan has made his mark in the sport with 39 international test matches and a remarkable 78 goals to his name.

His journey to success, however, has not been without its challenges. He emphasises the importance of following expert guidance from physiotherapists and strength & conditioning coaches.

His dedication to hockey is supported by a strong foundation of family, friends, and his employer, KFL, all of whom have played a crucial role in his pursuit of the sport.

One of the most cherished aspects of Dutta’s career is playing alongside his sister, Tiara Dutta, for the National Women’s Team, especially during significant events like the World Cup.

He believes in staying disciplined, humble, and passionate values instilled in him by Coach Hector Smith Snr.

Leevan and the Fiji Men’s team, having secured a Bronze in the qualifiers, are set to represent not just Fiji but the entire Pacific region in the upcoming 2023 World Cup.

Dutta envisions developing field hockey in Fiji, starting from junior levels to national teams.

He believes that qualifying for the World Cup with both Men’s and Women’s teams will raise the sport’s profile in Fiji and inspire future players.

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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