Indian ladies’ hockey group captain Rani Rampal, who was consulted with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Saturday, feels overpowered that Hockey India gave equivalent occasions to the two people’s groups to perform and dominate. “In the course of the last multi week, since my name was authoritatively declared for the Khel Ratna grant, I have been pondering back my excursion up until now and it causes me to feel overpowered that ladies’ hockey gets equivalent significance as the men’s group and a ladies’ player being perceived with the most noteworthy honor unquestionably goes to show the game is moving the correct way,” Rani said in a Hockey India discharge.

“I thank the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, SAI and Hockey India for giving us all the occasions to exhibit our latent capacity and simultaneously perceiving our endeavors,” she added, feeling nostalgic about her excursion in the game up until now. Without precedent for the historical backdrop of the National Sports Awards, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday essentially gave the National Sports and Adventure Award 2020.

President introduced Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.

A record 74 competitors of the nation were regarded on hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand’s 115th birth commemoration.

Rani turned into the main Indian ladies’ hockey player to get the lofty Khel Ratna grant. She is just the third hockey player after Dhanraj Pillay and Sardar Singh to get the most elevated honor for donning greatness.

“From when I began to now, numerous things have changed for the positive qualities in ladies’ hockey. A while ago when I started playing, the ladies’ group played not many competitions. We generally played significant functions like Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games however now the situation has changed so a lot,” Rani said.

“Hockey India and the administration guarantee we play competitions round the year which has contributed massively towards our presentation improvement throughout the long term and has likewise promoted ladies’ hockey,” she added.

Akashdeep Singh who got the Arjuna grant communicated his feelings as well.

“I thank each and every individual who has been essential for my excursion up until now. I have been exceptionally lucky to play for my nation alongside probably the best parts in the game. I additionally express gratitude toward Hockey India and SAI for their help and guaranteeing we are given the best offices to prepare,” the striker said.

Both Rani and Akashdeep Singh are at present piece of the on-going National Coaching Camp at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus.

Saluting the champs, Gyanendro Ningombam, Hockey India Officiating President stated, “for the benefit of Hockey India, I praise Romesh Pathania for winning the Dronacharya grant (lifetime accomplishment), Rani for winning the Khel Ratna Award, Akashdeep Singh and Deepika Thakur for winning the Arjuna grant.”

“I additionally salute Jude Felix for winning the Dronacharya grant and Ajit Singh for winning the Dhyan Chand lifetime accomplishment grant. Their commitment towards the development of the game in India has been colossal and I wish both Rani and Akashdeep will utilize this honor as a major inspiration to keep on doing admirably in the game and accomplish the group’s objectives at Tokyo Olympic Games,” he added.


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