On Monday, India named striker Rani Rampal as skipper and Deep Grace Ekka and Savita as two deputy captains of the national women’s hockey team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, which run from July 23rd to August 8th.
Last week, India announced a 16-member team for the Tokyo Games, but refrained from naming the captain, although it was more or less sure Rani would lead the country.
“It is a great honor for me to lead the Indian team at the Olympics. In recent years, my role as captain has been facilitated with my teammates, who have shared responsibilities as senior players,” Rani said in a statement issued by Hockey India.
Under Rani’s captaincy, the Indian team has achieved significant results in the last few years, including winning the 2017 Asian Cup, a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games, and a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Champions.
Trophy, as well as winning the final of the FIH Series in 2019.
India has also reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 Women’s World Cup in London for the first time under Rani.
“I congratulate Rani for being appointed captain of the Indian women’s hockey team for the Olympics,” said head coach Sjoerde Marine.
“I also congratulate Deep Grace Ekka and Savita. All three players have been part of the leadership group for a long time and have proven their abilities with this extra responsibility and have guided many young people in the core group.”
Justifying the logic behind two vice-captains, the Spaniard said: “Having two deputy captains will also strengthen the main leadership group in the future. Their experience and role will be important as we strive to achieve good results in Tokyo.”