“Amazing Feeling When Hard Work Is Rewarded”: Rani Rampal On Winning Khel Ratna

Indian women’s hockey staff captain Rani Rampal on Friday stated winning the Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, will motivate her to carry residence much more laurels. The Sports activities Ministry on Friday made a decision to honour Rani with the Khel Ratna alongside with star cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Paralympic gold-winner Mariyappan Thangavelu and desk tennis player Manika Batra.

“It is a truly happy minute for me and primarily for my family. “The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is a single of the most prestigious awards that a sportsperson can get, and I owe this to my coaches, teammates, close friends and family for their frequent guidance considering the fact that the starting,” Rani stated in a launch issued by Hockey India.

“It is an astounding feeling when your tough perform is rewarded, and I believe that this award will provide as a wonderful determination for me and gamers like me to continue to keep striving for larger feats and make the country happy. “I also would like to congratulate all the other award winners too,” stated Rani, who is presently dependent out of the SAI Centre in Bengaluru.

The twenty five-12 months-previous had helped the Indian staff secure a berth at the Tokyo Olympics, aside from top the side into the ultimate of the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta, wherever it lost to Japan 1-two.

The ministry also honoured Ajit Singh with the Dhyan Chand Award, Romesh Pathania with the Dronacharya Award (Daily life-Time accomplishment), Jude Felix with the Dronacharya Award and Akashdeep Singh and Deepika with the Arjuna Award.

An elated Akashdeep stated, “It is a single of the most pleasing moments of my profession. I would like to thank the jury, and all my coaches, teammates, close friends and family who have been a portion of my hockey journey so significantly.

“I believe that patience and tough perform often make you rewards, and I am pretty grateful to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities for recognising my tough perform and I would also like to thank Hockey India for often remaining a pillar of guidance in my profession.”

In a first, the awards will be held almost on August 29, the Nationwide Sports activities Working day, instead of the Rashtrapati Bhavan this 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hockey India also congratulated the award winners. “Rani has influenced numerous youngsters to just take up the sport of hockey in India as a result of her superb performances during her profession,” HI’s officiating president, Gyanendro Ningombam, stated.


“I would like to congratulate Akashdeep Singh and Deepika for remaining conferred with the Arjuna Award for their contribution to the sport.

“… And also Romesh Pathania, Jude Felix and Ajit Singh for their superb contribution to Indian hockey over the a long time, which has been duly recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities.”