Indian women’s hockey crew skipper Rani Rampal, who was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Saturday, feels confused that Hockey India provided equal possibilities for both men’s and women’s teams to complete and excel. “Around the earlier a person 7 days, because my name was formally declared for the Khel Ratna award, I have been reflecting back on my journey so considerably and it helps make me come to feel confused that women’s hockey gets equal significance as the men’s crew and a women’s participant being identified with the maximum award certainly goes to demonstrate the activity is relocating in the right route,” Rani reported in a Hockey India release.
Humbled and honored to obtain the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Thank you hon’ble @rashtrapatibhvn sir @KirenRijiju sir @media_sai @hockeyindia coaches, my crew, loved ones and buddies who have built this achievable. Always dreamt about these moments, happy it turned a fact. pic.twitter.com/uLwq6BKiY2
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) August 29, 2020
“I thank the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, SAI and Hockey India for giving us all the possibilities to showcase our prospective and at the identical time recognizing our attempts,” she added, feeling nostalgic about her journey in the activity so considerably. For the very first time in the record of the National Sports Awards, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday just about conferred the National Sports and Journey Award 2020.
President introduced Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Tenzing Norgay National Journey Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.
A file seventy four athletes of the country had been honoured on hockey wizard Big Dhyan Chand’s 115th birth anniversary.
Rani turned the very first Indian women’s hockey participant to obtain the prestigious Khel Ratna award. She is only the 3rd hockey participant immediately after Dhanraj Pillay and Sardar Singh to obtain the maximum award for sporting excellence.
“From when I started to now, quite a few things have changed for the superior in women’s hockey. Back when I began participating in, the women’s crew played pretty several tournaments. We primarily played significant functions like Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games but now the situation has changed so substantially,” Rani reported.
“Hockey India and the management assure we engage in tournaments round the 12 months which has contributed enormously to our performance advancement about the yrs and has also helped popularize women’s hockey,” she added.
Akashdeep Singh who gained the Arjuna award expressed his emotions also.
“I thank everybody who has been section of my journey so considerably. I have been pretty fortunate to engage in for my country along with some of the greatest gamers in the activity. I also thank Hockey India and SAI for their assistance and ensuring we are provided with the finest services to educate,” the striker reported.
The two Rani and Akashdeep Singh are presently section of the on-heading National Coaching Camp at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus.
Congratulating the winners, Gyanendro Ningombam, Hockey India Officiating President reported, “On behalf of Hockey India, I congratulate Romesh Pathania for profitable the Dronacharya award (lifetime accomplishment), Rani for profitable the Khel Ratna Award, Akashdeep Singh and Deepika Thakur for profitable the Arjuna award.”
“I also congratulate Jude Felix for profitable the Dronacharya award and Ajit Singh for profitable the Dhyan Chand lifetime accomplishment award. Their contribution to the growth of the activity in India has been huge and I would like both Rani and Akashdeep will use this award as a large commitment to keep on to do well in the activity and reach the team’s goals at Tokyo Olympic Games,” he added.
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