India has named the sixteen-member women’s hockey squad with eight debutants for the Tokyo Olympics to be held from July 23 to August 8. Striker Rani Rampal will captain the team with eight experienced campaigners from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
If you are planning your hockey betting strategy for Tokyo Olympics, placing your bets on the Indian team is going to be lucrative as the squad is a perfect blend of experienced and young players who want to prove their mettle on the turf with international players.
The seven debutants for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics include Lalremsiami, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Neha, Nisha, Udita, and Gurjit Kaur. This is the third time the Indian women’s hockey team will be participating in the Olympic Games, with previous performances in 1980 and 2016.
The 21-year-old Lalremsiami has created history by becoming the first female player from Mizoram to be selected for the Indian women’s hockey squad for the Olympics. She has said that her selection for the Tokyo Olympics is the first step to fulfilling her late father’s dream and the biggest personal achievement for her as a player. Mizoram has got its first Olympian after 25 years and Lalremsiami’s selection has made it possible for the state to achieve this rare milestone.
- Sharmila Devi
The promising youngster Sharmila Devi could be a surprise package for the Tokyo Olympics. The striker has been waiting for this international experience of playing hockey for a long time and has been maintaining her fitness during the break. Guided by head coach Sjoerd Marijne, and experienced players like Vandana Katariya, and Rani Rampal, Sharmila Devi is looking forward to making a difference in the Indian squad for Olympics by playing with world-class teams.
- Navneet Kaur
Playing in the Olympics has been a dream for debutant Navneet Kaur who is determined not to leave any stones unturned in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The forward for the Indian women’s hockey team, Navneet Kaur has played 79 matches for India’s national team and is all geared up to participate in her maiden Olympic campaign in Tokyo this year.
The 24-year-old Neha Goyal is all set to make her maiden appearance in the Tokyo Olympics representing the Indian hockey squad for the biggest sports event on the planet. She has been the talk of the town for her resilience to achieve success despite facing numerous odds. The young hockey player comes from a humble background and has made it to the women’s Olympic squad with her sheer grit and determination. While working at a cycle factory with a meager salary, Neha pursued her passion for hockey with full conviction which ensured her birth in the Indian squad.
The 25-year-old Nisha from Haryana is a daughter of a tailor and is determined to realize her father’s dream of seeing her playing in the Olympics. Among the eight debutants in the Indian women’s hockey team, Nisha will make her Olympic debut in the Tokyo Games this year. She made her international debut against Uruguay in the 2019 FIH Women’s Series Finals in Hiroshima, and her fiery attitude on the field has enabled her to win a place in the Olympic-bound Indian Women’s Hockey Squad. During her debut in Hiroshima, she got the opportunity to prove herself and she lived up to the expectations of the Indian coach and teammates. She is fortunate to live her dream so early by being part of the Indian Squad for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 23-year-old Udita from Haryana is another lucky debutant to be named in the 16-member Indian team that will participate at the Tokyo Games beginning 23 July. Her decision to switch to hockey from handball six years ago changed her life completely. After competing in 32 matches so far, Udita is all set to represent the country in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. She has been blessed with an opportunity to represent India in some of the biggest sporting events like the World Cup, and Asian Games where her performance has been of significance for the Indian team. She made her debut in the Junior Team in 2016 after her impressive performance in the domestic tournaments.
- Gurjeet Kaur
Ace drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur’s performance has been steadily improving over the years with every passing sporting event and this has made her qualify as a debutant for the Tokyo Olympics this year. Gurjit who has been nominated for the Indian Sports Honor for SportsWoman of the Year has proved to be an important player in the Indian hockey team over the last two years. Her drag-flicking abilities have been formidable, and she has matured as a defender too.
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