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Hockey: Hockey India congratulates Rani on Young Achiever’s Award

Teenager Rani Rampal was named best player at this year’s Junior World Cup in Germany. Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

Teenager Rani Rampal was named best player at this year’s Junior World Cup in Germany. Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

October 4, 2013: Hockey India has congratulated teenage striker Rani Rampal for winning the TiE-Aspire Young Achiever’s Award.

 

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Aspire Human Capital Management, a Gurgaon-headquartered company engaged in the field of employability education, presented awards to Rani, Abhilash Tomy (maritime sailor) and Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda (Paralympic high jumper) for outstanding feats in their domains.

 

“Her dedication and tireless effort to play hockey and achieve glorious success at this young age is a motivation for budding hockey players of our nation,” Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India, said in a statement congratulating Rani.

 

Rani, 18, was the vice-captain of the U-21 national team in this year’s FIH Junior World Cup in Germany and was named Best Player of the tournament after playing a crucial role in India’s bronze medal-winning feat.

 

Rani, who made her international debut in 2008, is the only Indian to be named FIH Young Player of the Tournament at the Women’s World Cup, achieving the feat at the 2010 event in Argentina at the age of 15. She was nominated to the Asian All Stars Team and FIH All Stars Team in the same year.

 

Earlier this year, Rani was the top goalscorer in the FIH World League Round 2 held in India, all of which contributed to her Young Achiever’s Award.

 

“I am very happy for winning this award. This is the best phase of my life,” Rani said. “I would like to thank my parents, coaches and Hockey India for their contribution in my game. Playing for my country is a complete honour and I will continue to work hard to win more games for my team in the coming years.”

 

Last month, Rani won her 100th international cap against hosts Malaysia in the eighth Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, where India won the bronze after beating 2009 champions China in the third place playoff.

Sources: FIH / Times of India

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