The Indian girls were hoping to book their FIH Junior Women's World Cup ticket through the 2020 Women's Junior Asia Cup, which was to be held in Kakamigahara, Japan, from April 6, but was cancelled because of the pandemic.
The fund has been raised in just one week through a joint initiative of non-profit organisations Olympic Gold Quest, of which Viren Rasquinha is a Director and CEO, and Go Sports Foundation. They named the initiative #LetsStickTogether.
Both the Indian men's and women's national teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the government announced the nationwide lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ramesh Parameswaran's association with hockey began when he represented erstwhile Mysore in the Junior National championship in 1969. He earned India colours in 1978 when he was part of the National team that took part and won a silver medal in the Asian Games at Bangkok.
Hockey India on Tuesday nominated Harmanpreet Singh and women's team members Vandana Katariya and Monika for the Arjuna Award, while recommending women's team captain Rani for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Rani Rampal has been playing hockey for close to two decades. She has helped India qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in July-August this year. Rani was voted World Games Athlete of the Year 2019, the first Indian ever to win this award
Given the obstacles lined up against her, no one knows when Bani Singh’s documentary would see the light of day. Instead of the raw emotions—and the jagged backcloth here—that propel players towards achievements, will India have to stay content with another fictionalised, unsatisfactorily executed Bollywood period drama?