Rani Rampal (age 23, as on published date) born 4 December 1994 is an Indian field hockey player. She plays in the forward position. She is the key player for Indian Women Hockey Team. At the age of 15, she was the youngest player in the national team which participated in the 2010 World Cup. she has scored 134 goals in 212 international appearances.
Early Life and Family
Rani was born in Shahabad Markanda in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana, in a poor Kumhar family on 4 December 1994. Her father works as a cart-puller and Her brothers work as a carpenter and as a mechanic.
Rani Rampal with her Father
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Medals – 1 Bronze
“When I first asked to play hockey my parents immediately refused because I was a girl. Every day I cried in front of them and told them I would treat my children the same way.”
— says Rani Rampal
Rani Rampal Family (Mother, Brothers)
In the Year 2003, she took hockey as her career and trained at the Shahbad Hockey Academy under Baldev Singh a winner of Dronacharya Award. It became very hard for her family to support her dreams financially when she started to play professionally, GoSports Foundation, a sports non-governmental organization provided her with monetary and non-monetary support.
Rani Coach Baldev Singh
Career & Achievements
In June 2009, Rani played in the Champion’s Challenge Tournament held in Kazan, Russia. She powered India to a win by scoring 4 goals in the finals. She was awarded “The Top Goal Scorer” and the “Young Player of the Tournament.
Asia Cup, Nov 2009. She was helpful in winning the silver medal for the Indian team. After playing with India’s national team at 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games, Rani Rampal was included in the FIH Women’s All-Star Team of 2010. She has also incorporated the All-Star team of the Asian Hockey Federation based on her performance in 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou, where the Indian team finished fourth.
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At the 2010 Women’s Hockey World Cup held in Rosario, Argentina, Rani scored a total of seven goals which placed India in the ninth position in World Women’s hockey rankings. Since 1978 This is India’s best performance.
She is the only Indian to be nominated for the FIH Women’s Young Player of the Year Award, 2010. Rani was awarded the “Best Young Player of the Tournament” award at the Women’s Hockey World Cup 2010, recognizing her heavenly performance as the top field goal scorer in the tournament.
Indian Women Hockey Team
She has also Awarded the ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the 2013 Junior World Cup which India finished with a bronze medal. She has been named for FICCI Comeback of the Year Award 2014.
Eight years later, she is leading the team of 16 players as a captain for the Hockey World Cup in London.