This will be the Indian women’s hockey team’s third appearance at the Olympic Games and their second consecutive outing, with previous appearances coming in 1980 and 2016.
Famed Manipuri woman hockey player Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam (Midfielder) has been selected in the squad for national women hockey team for Olympic Games 2020.
In a release on Thursday, Manipur Hockey expressed happiness over the selection of Sushila Chanu in the squad and congratulated all the players in the team and wished all the best performance in the international event.
With final preparations underway for the much-awaited Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Hockey India on Thursday announced the final list of players selected to represent the Indian Women’s Hockey Team at the summer showdown in Tokyo.
Congratulating the selected squad, Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam said: “Over the past few years, leading up to this edition of the Olympics, the women’s team has worked very hard to achieve their current form. I am confident that this team will give a tough competition to any opponent. I wish them all the very best for their preparation and performance at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.”
The release further said that the final squad includes eight stalwarts — Rani, Savita, Deep Grace Ekka, Sushila Chanu, Monika, Nikki Pradhan, Navjot Kaur, and Vandana Katariya — who have had the experience of representing India at the historic appearance of the Indian women’s team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after a gap of 36 years.
These eight players have amassed a mammoth total of 1,492 caps between them for Team India and will be tasked with leading the charge for Team India in their quest for Olympic glory. This will be the Indian women’s hockey team’s third appearance at the Olympic Games and their second consecutive outing, with previous appearances coming in 1980 and 2016, it added.
Complete list of selected players:
Goalkeeper — Savita
Defenders — Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, and Udita
Midfielders — Nisha, Neha, Sushila Chanu, Monika, Navjot Kaur, and Salima Tete
Forwards — Rani, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, and Sharmila Devi