Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal on Friday said winning the Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honour, will motivate her to bring home more laurels.

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.

“It is a really proud moment for me and especially for my family.

“The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is one of the most prestigious awards that a sportsperson can receive, and I owe this to my coaches, teammates, friends and family for their constant support since the beginning,” Rani said in a release issued by Hockey India.

“It is an amazing feeling when your hard work is rewarded, and I believe this award will serve as a great motivation for me and players like me to keep striving for…

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