Rani Rampal News
Against Argentina senior side, India played three games, managing a 1-1 draw and losing 0-2 and 2-3 respectively. India captain Rani’s eyes are already set on the big final as she said on Tuesday that the win over Australia is a thing of the past and their focus is on the remaining two games in the competition.
India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was proud of the Women in Blue as the team executed their plans well against Australia and booked a historic berth in the final four of the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match.
Indian women hockey team led by Rani Rampal defeated world No. 2 Australia in the Tokyo Olympics quarterfinals to book their place in the last-4 clash against Argentina on Wednesday (August 4). This team becomes the first-ever from India to reach the Olympics semifinals. We summarise this historic moment with this collection of pictures.
Punia, the 2018 Arjuna Award winner, was born in Jodhkan, Sirsa district in Haryana. She made her international debut in 2011 after first going on international tour back in 2008. Punia went on to make nine key save in the game against Australia to ensure India booked their place in the semifinal against Argentina.
Indian women`s hockey team coach, Sjoerd Marijne, is happy that two players from the team are being recognized with National Awards this year. Rani Rampal becomes the first Indian Women`s Hockey player to be honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, country`s highest award for a sports person. Former Indian defender Deepika will receive the Arjuna Award this year.
Manika had a successful 2018 when she won gold in the Commonwealth Games and bronze in the Asian Games. Star India batsman Rohit Sharma is among the five athletes who will receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for 2020. This will be the first time in the history of National Sports Day awards that five sportspersons will be conferred with the Khel Ratna.
Rohit was the star performer for India in the 2019 World Cup, scoring 648 runs in the tournament while Vinesh sealed qualification to the Tokyo Olympics with her bronze medal win at the 2019 wrestling World Championships. Manika won two golds at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and subsequently won bronze at the 2018 Asian Games. Mariyappan sealed qualification for next year`s Paralympics after claiming a bronze medal at the World Para-Athletics Championships. Rani meanwhile spearheaded the Indian team`s qualification campaign for Tokyo 2020 late last year.