1/ From practicing with broken hockey sticks to leading the Indian women's hockey team in a historic triumph at #TokyoOlympics, #RaniRampal has come a long way.

Rani’s mother worked as a domestic help, her father was a cart-puller who earned around Rs 80 a day.
2/ Inspired by the players she would see at a nearby hockey academy, she too decided to take up the sport. However, her father could not afford to buy her a hockey stick, so she practiced with a broken one.
3/ In an exclusive interview with The Better India, she said, “I grew up in a place where young women and girls were restricted to the four walls of their home. So, when I expressed my wish to play hockey, neither my parents nor my relatives supported me..."
4/ "...My parents come from a humble background. They did not think sports could be a career, not for girls at least. My relatives would often tell then, ‘What will she do playing hockey? She will run around the field wearing a short skirt and bring a bad name to your family’.”
5/ The same people now pat her back and congratulate her when she is home. #WomenInBlue #HockeyIndia

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