Rani Rampal, Savita Punia can take India women to a podium finish in Tokyo Olympics, says hockey icon Dhanraj Pillay
Rani had led India to the podium at the 2018 Asian Games and also guided the team to Olympics for the second successive time, while Savita, who is one of the most experienced players in the team, has also played a crucial role in the Olympic Qualifier.
Six players of the men's team, including Manpreet, had tested positive for COVID-19 at the team's training base here in August after they arrived for the national camp following a month's break.
'There were days when we didn't know where the next meal will come from,' Khel Ratna Rani Rampal on her journey
"I won't rest till I win an Olympic medal. Even after all these years, what keeps me going is the honour of wearing the India jersey. That joy is incomparable," Rani said on being conferred with the Khel Ratna award.
National Sports Awards 2020: Rani Rampal says she 'could not hold back tears' upon learning of Khel Ratna announcement
The 25-year-old Rani said she couldn't stop herself from crying when she first got to know of being one among the chosen five, leaving her parents quite worried because they, apparently, had no idea about the magnitude of the award and why it made their daughter so emotional.
National Sports Awards 2020: Winning Khel Ratna will serve as a bigger motivation for me, says Rani Rampal
The Sports Ministry on Friday decided to honour Rani with the Khel Ratna along with star cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Paralympic gold-winner Mariyappan Thangavelu and table tennis player Manika Batra.
National Sports Awards 2020: Prize money for all award categories to be increased substantially, say reports
Currently, the Khel Ratna comes with a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna Award winners get Rs 5 lakh,
National Sports Awards 2020: From Rani Rampal to Mariyappan Thangavelu, know your Khel Ratna nominees
Controversies aside, the annual national sports awards are a celebration of athletes' hard work and success. Here's a quick look at the five recommendations for the Khel Ratna honour.
National Sports Awards 2020: Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat among five athletes to receive Khel Ratna; 29 finalised for Arjuna Award
This is the first time in the history of awards that five athletes have been recommended for the Khel Ratna, with the final decision resting on sports minister Kiren Rijiju
Turning Point: Rani Rampal reveals how selection in World Team XI made her believe she was good enough to play for India
In the latest edition of our Turning Point series, India women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal talks about the moment which gave her confidence that she was good enough to play for the country.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: India hockey captains Manpreet Singh, Rani Rampal draw podium finish hopes from past learnings
With exactly a year to go for the Tokyo Games both India men's and women's hockey team captains recalled their experience at the Olympics.
Rajwinder Kaur has been a regular in the senior national core probable group since 2017 and is awaiting her turn to earn her maiden international cap.
Young striker Lalremsiami credits seniors Rani Rampal, Savita Punia for keeping India women's hockey team motivated during lockdown
Young striker Lalremsiami says had it not been for captain Rani Rampal and her deputy Savita Punia, the India women's hockey team would've found it very hard to spend their confinement at SAI Bengaluru during the lockdown.
Rani who returned to Shahbad in Haryana could not hide her happiness on meeting her family.
National Sports Awards 2020: From Neeraj Chopra to Manika Batra, all the sports stars nominated for Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award
Here's a list of athletes who have been nominated so far for National Sports Awards in the Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award categories
As per safety norms, men and women hockey teams are changing the grip of their sticks regularly while there is a temperature check every day.
Harmanpreet Singh 'delighted' to be nominated for Arjuna award, lauds teammates for helping him in his success
In contention for the Arjuna award after being nominated by the national federation, the Indian men's hockey team defender Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday said his teammates have had a huge role in making him successful.
Rani, who is the first Indian to be named as the World Games Athlete of The Year, has also been the recipient of the Arjuna Award (2016) and Padma Shri (2020).
Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian men's, women's hockey teams to undergo basic online coaching course starting Monday
The hockey course will be attended by 32 senior men and 23 senior women core probables on 11 and 15 May respectively. Captain of the Indian women's team Rani Rampal has already attended the Hockey India coaching education pathway in the past and achieved a Hockey India Level 1 Coach Certification.
The Indian women's hockey team has raised funds to the tune of Rs 20 lakh to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian women's hockey team launches fitness challenge to raise funds for poor affected by lockdown
The Indian women's hockey team launched a fun fitness challenge to raise funds for the migrant labourers whose families have been affected by the nationwide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.