Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, who wasبال He conquered with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Saturday’s award, feeling overwhelmed as India Hockey presented a level playing field for both the men’s and women’s teams to perform and excel. “Over the past week, ever since my name was officially announced for the Khel Ratna Award, I’ve been thinking about my journey so far and it makes me feel overwhelmed because women’s hockey is just as important as the men’s player and the women’s team with the highest award definitely goes to show that the sport It is going in the right direction,” Rani said in a statement to Hockey India.
It is with humility and honor to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Thank you honor Tweet embed Sir Tweet embed Sir Tweet embed Tweet embed The coaches, my team, my family and my friends who made this possible. I have always dreamed of such moments, glad that they became a reality. pic.twitter.com/uLwq6BKiY2
– Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) August 29, 2020
“I thank the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, the Supreme Institution for Financial Control and Hockey India for giving us all the opportunities to showcase our potential while appreciating our efforts,” she added, nostalgic for her journey in sport so far. For the first time in history National Sports AwardsOn Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind nearly awarded the 2020 National Sports and Adventure Award.
The President presented Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar Award.
a Record 74 athletes From the country on the 115th anniversary of the birth of hockey magician Major Dian Chand.
Rani became the first Indian hockey player to be awarded the prestigious Khel Ratna award. She is only the third hockey player after Dhanraj Pillai and Sardar Singh to receive the highest award for sports excellence.
“Since I started until now, many things have changed in favor of women’s hockey. When I started playing, the women’s team played very few tournaments. We mostly played major events like Commonwealth Games and Asian Games but now the scenario has been said by Rani.
She added, “India’s hockey team and management ensure that we play tournaments throughout the year which have greatly improved our performance over the years and also helped popularize women’s hockey.”
Akashdeep Singh who was awarded the Arjuna Award also expressed his feelings.
“I thank everyone who has been a part of my journey so far. I have been very fortunate to play for my country alongside some of the greatest players in the sport. I also thank Hockey India and SAI for their support and ensuring that we have the best facilities for training.”
Rani and Akashdeep Singh are currently part of the ongoing National Training Camp at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus.
Congratulating the winners, Gyanendru Ningumpam, Head of India Hockey Bureau said, “On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate Romesh Bhatania on winning the Dronacharya (Achievement for Life), Rani on winning the Khel Ratna Award, Akashdeep Singh and Deepika Thakur for winning the Arjuna Award.”
“I also congratulate Judd Felix on winning the Dronacharya Award and Ajit Singh on winning the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award. Their contribution to the growth of the sport in India has been tremendous and I hope that both Rani and Akashdeep will use this award as a great motivation to continue to perform well in the sport and achieve their goals. The team at the Tokyo Olympics.
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