Rani Rampal: From the daughter of a cart-puller to captaining the Indian Women’s Hockey Team @ Tokyo 2020
Born on 4 December 1994 in Shahabad Markanda in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana, Rani Rampal is the captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team.
The daughter of a cart-puller, she took to field hockey in 2003 and trained at the Shahabad Hockey Academy under Baldev Singh. She made her Senior year debut when she was only 14 years, which made her the youngest player in the Indian Women's Hockey team. At the age of 15, she made it to the 2010 World Cup. Though she finished her schooling but couldn’t finish her graduate degree because of her hectic practice and matches schedule.
As she started to play professionally, GoSports Foundation, a sports non-governmental organization provided her with monetary and non-monetary support as her family found it hard to support her dreams financially.
After playing with India's national team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games, Rani Rampal was nominated in FIH Women's All-Star Team of 2010. She was nominated for the ' young woman player of the year' award. She was also included in the All-Star team of the Asian Hockey Federation.
She led the Indian women's hockey team as captain in the 2018 Asian Games, where they won a silver medal and was India's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the games.
After 36 years when the Indian Women’s Hockey Team made it to Rio Olympics 2016, Rani was part of the team.
With hard work and dedication, Rani has played 212 international matches and scored 134 goals. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2016 and the Padma Shri in 2020!
Now she is all set to lead the Indian women’s hockey team at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
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