Rani Rampal excluded from senior women’s hockey probables for Asian Games | Hockey News – Times of

Rani Rampal excluded from senior women’s hockey probables for Asian Games | Hockey News – Times of

NEW DELHI: Veteran forward Rani Rampal was left out of the 34-member senior women’s hockey probables for the national coaching camp in preparation for the Hangzhou Asian Games in September-October.

Rampal lashed out at national head coach Janneke Schopman on Thursday, demanding to know why she was being overlooked despite her recent good performances.
Schopman told HI in a release ahead of the camp, “We have showcased in our recent competitions that we are growing as a team and are constantly learning.”

“The upcoming camp is an important one for us as we are spearheading our preparations for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which could be our road to securing a spot for the Paris Olympics 2024.”
“We will work on the areas where we still need to improve in the camp and will focus on ensuring all the players are comfortable in playing the kind of hockey that we want to play.”
“It is important that all of us are on the same page before the all-important competition ahead for us,” she had said.
The programme, which began on Sunday, will end on September 18.
Goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Bichu Devi Kharibam, and Bansari Solanki are among the probables.
Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Jyoti Chhatri, and Mahima Chaudhary are among the defenders on the list.
Midfielders include Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Mariana Kujur, Sonika, Neha, Baljeet Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Vaishnavi Phalke, and Ajmina Kujur.
Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi, Deepika, Sangita Kumari, Mumtaz Khan, Sunelita Toppo, and Beauty Dungdung are among the forwards.
India will begin their Hangzhou Games campaign on September 27. Pool A opponents include Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore.
Notably, the Indians won the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament last month in Barcelona. Spain was defeated 3-0 by the Women in Blue.
The Probables
Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Bansari Solanki.
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Jyoti Chhatri, Mahima Chaudhary.
Midfielders: Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Mariana Kujur, Sonika, Neha, Baljeet Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Ajmina Kujur. Forwards: Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Sharmila Devi, Deepika, Sangita Kumari, Mumtaz Khan, Sunelita Toppo, Beauty Dungdung.
(With inputs from PTI)

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