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1/ “Everyone in our village plays hockey, even though we have no facilities. Hockey gives us a purpose. But I’m the first player from my village to represent India at an international level,” says 19-YO #SalimaTete who made #Jharkhand proud with her efforts at #TokyoOlympics.
2/ Salima hails from Badkichapar village in Jharkand’s Simdega, one of the worst Naxalism-affected districts in the state. It was in a dusty ground in this village that a young Salima, a farmer’s daughter, took her first steps in hockey.
3/ Growing up on subsidised rice grains, she would use wooden sticks since the family was unable to afford proper hockey blades. In fact, her family and fellwo villagers are unable to see her in action at the Olympics due to lack of mobile connectivity and TV set in the village.
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Some criticised for not doing chores, others moulded by the heat of farms. Living up to a brother who represented the nation, rejoicing a sister who bought a stick with daily wages. Playing #hockey to escape an alcoholic father and to vindicate a father who fought societal norms.
From cradles of the sport to a Naxal stronghold. These are the larger-than-life back-stories of the Indian hockey’s giant-killers:
#Tokyo2020 #Hockey
#RaniRampal (26, Forward) Haryana:
Rani has been playing international hockey for almost half her life, a journey that began with her playing with a broken hockey stick while wearing a salwar-kameez. She made her debut at the age of 14. Now 26, she is the key player of the team.
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