The success achieved in hockey by Rani Rampal offers a ray of hope to 21-year-old Rajwinder Kaur to lift her family out of poverty.

Rajwinder is a member of the core group of probables chosen for the senior women’s national team. Her father is an auto driver and mother a homemaker.

“Everyone comes from very difficult backgrounds and each one’s personal story is motivating, but Rani’s struggle in her younger days and her subsequent rise in the sport gives me hope because I, too, come from similar background, and I hope I can also pull my family out of poverty by doing well in hockey,” she told Hockey India.

Rani is the eldest of three sisters and a brother who grew up in a culture where girls had to work the chores at home and sweat it out in nearby farms for a daily wage. Studying was never mandatory, and playing hockey was a rarity.

Rajwinder wanted to be an athlete but some…

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