Rani Rampal on Wednesday said she was “overwhelmed” at being nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

The India women’s team captain said in a press release issued by Hockey India: “I am overwhelmed that Hockey India has recommended my name for the top award and their continued support always encourages the team and I to do well.”

“I congratulate both Vandana (Katariya) and Monika, they are very deserving of this recognition. I also feel that two players being nominated goes to show that women’s hockey is moving in the right direction and this will only motivate us to do better on the world stage,” she added.

The period of consideration for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2019. In this period, Rani led India to historic victories in the Women’s Asia Cup in 2017 and a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games. She also…

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