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(From left) Nikki Pradhan, Salima Tete and Sangita Kumari

GUMLA: Three feminine hockey gamers from Jharkhand can be a part of Crew India within the upcoming FIH World Cup to be held in Spain and the Netherlands from July 1-17. It’s for the primary time that three state gamers have been chosen to be a part of the World Cup crew. The gamers are Olympians Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete and teenager Sangita Kumari.
A local of Khunti district, Nikki made her debut on the nationwide facet in 2016 and thereafter she by no means regarded again. She created a historical past of changing into the primary girl participant from Jharkhand to take part within the Olympic Video games in 2016, a feat achieved after 36 years. She then featured within the title-winning FIH Ladies’s Collection Finals Hiroshima in 2019 and performed a significant position in India’s marketing campaign in opposition to the USA within the FIH Olympic Qualifiers the place the Indian crew sealed their Olympic Video games berth for the second consecutive time. The 28-year-old was a key element of the squad for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and the Vitality Hockey Ladies’s World Cup London 2018.
Salima Tete of Simdega was the second girl participant from the state to play within the Olympics. Together with Nikki, she was a part of the Indian crew within the Tokyo Video games. Salima (20) captained the India junior crew which gained silver on the 2018 Youth Olympic Video games in Buenos Aires and was a part of the 2022 Asia Cup the place India clinched the bronze. Salima, who is thought for her fierce defending expertise, was additionally instrumental within the FIH Olympic Qualifier win over the USA in 2019.
Sangita, additionally from Simdega, had additionally figured within the junior contingent at FIH Junior World Cup 2022, the place the crew completed fourth. She was additionally the alternative participant within the Vitality Hockey Ladies’s World Cup London 2018.
Vice-president of Hockey Jharkhand, Manoj Konbegi, stated, “It is an enormous achievement for us as three gamers from Jharkhand can be within the World Cup for the primary time within the senior class.”
Hockey Jharkhand president Bholanath Singh stated, “No different accomplishment might be greater than this – three daughters from Jharkhand will play each within the World Cup and the Commonwealth Video games too.”


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