Indian women's hockey team defender Sunita Lakra announces her retirement due to a collapse of injuries
NEW DELHI: Indian women hockey team defender Sunita Lakra who was part of the Asian games 2018 Winning side of the silver, announced on Thursday his international retirement, citing a knee injury that would require another surgery.
The 28-year-old said that the annoying injury has gotten in her dream of being part of India. Tokyo Olympics This year's campaign.
Today is a very emotional day for me, as I have decided to retire from International Hockey, he said in a statement issued by Hockey India.
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In the team since 2008, Lakra captained to India during the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, leading the team to second place in the event. In total, he played 139 games for India and his achievements also included being part of the team that claimed the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games.
"I was very fortunate to have played at the Rio Olympics in 2016, India's first appearance in over three decades. As much as I wish to be part of the Indian team as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics , my knee injuries have cut short my dream.
The doctors told me that I would need another knee surgery in the next few days and I'm not sure how long it would take before I fully recovered, he explained.
Lakra said after recovering, she would continue to turn up in domestic hockey.
Pursuant to my treatment, I will play domestic hockey and play for NALCO who have supported my career by providing me a job, she said.
I have come a long way in the sport and I have great memories with the Indian team that has stood firm by my side and the girls were always my family away from home, he added.
Lakra thanked his teammates and head coach Sjoerd Marijne for his support.
My heartfelt thanks to Hockey India who ensured I was given the best treatment during my injury and I am grateful for their unparalleled support to women's hockey.
My family, my husband and friends back in Odisha have been my strongest supporters and I wish to thank them for helping me pursue my passion for hockey. I could not have come this far without their encouragement, she said.