Will work hard for Tokyo 2020: Rani Rampal

BHUBANESWAR: Indian women hockey The team has confirmed a place at the Tokyo Olympics after surviving an extraordinary United States counterattack in the second leg of their Olympic qualification at Kalinga Stadium, even as an euphoric captain Rani Rampal on Sunday he credits his team members, coaches and support staff for the achievement.

In their game against the US, the opponents fought back from a 5-1 deficit in the first leg to level the score 5-5 in the first half. However, India put up an improved performance in the second half with skipper Rani Rampal scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in the 49th minute on Saturday.

On Twitter, the captain of India also said that her team will do their best in preparations for the mega event in Tokyo next year.

With a collective effort of our team members, coaches and support staff, we have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, but we will work hard for the next 8 months to perform at Tokyo 2020, he tweeted on Sunday.

The employer also thanked the Minister of Sports of the Union and the national federation for showing faith in her team.

Thanks to Hockey India, Kiren Rijiju Sir, Sports Authority of India (SAI), friends, family and fans for believing in us, he added.