Awards Follow When You Give Your Best On The Field, Says Namita Toppo

Indian women’s hockey staff midfielder Namita Toppo, who won the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar 2020 in Odisha, feels that accolades abide by you when you give your greatest on the subject. The 25-yr-old midfielder, played a vital job in India’s essential get at the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 versus Usa, was announced as the receiver of the massive award final 7 days by Impression, a charitable wing of the Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys (IMFA). Toppo will be getting a cheque of Rs 5 lakhs along with a citation at the awards ceremony, the date of which will be announced in thanks time.


“It is the biggest honour for me to have won the Ekalabya Puraskar 2020. As a member of the Indian Women’s Hockey staff, it offers me good joy, and will make me proud of the total staff, because it is thanks to them that I have been ready to perform very well in the previous yr, in particular following returning from a massive injuries,” Toppo stated in a Hockey India launch.

“I would like to thank the Ekalabya Committee associates for bestowing this award on me, and I hope to proceed to do my region and my point out proud,” she additional.

Obtaining played a crucial job in India’s get around Usa in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Toppo was also singled out by admirers of the activity for her dominance in midfield, and credits really hard function for the recognition that has adopted.

“I imagine everything that occurs in a staff activity, occurs because of the unity and the spirit of the staff. If I have been regarded for my performances, it is because absolutely everyone – starting off from the Main Mentor and the guidance employees to my teammates, Hockey India and SAI – have offered their greatest in all areas to obtain our aims. I am also of the view that awards abide by you when you give your greatest on the subject, and that we have noticed a whole lot this yr, in particular with my teammates and the total staff bagging different awards recently,” the midfielder stated.


With around one hundred sixty international caps to her title, Namita has no lack of encounter and needs to be certain that she can usually assistance her staff in all situations.

“I have been fortunate sufficient to have played the recreation for so long and with some great players. It is a period in the women’s recreation exactly where we are all quite assured, and the self-belief we have is definitely solid. With Hockey India’s steady guidance, we had managed to qualify for the Olympics following a hole of 36 decades in 2016, and then done exceptionally very well and have created heritage to qualify for again to again Olympic Online games, thus we want to proceed on this path, and my aim will usually be to assistance my staff in all situations, irrespective of whether it is on the subject or off it,” additional Toppo.

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