The Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, who was instrumental for the team’s qualification in, for the first time, the back-to-back Olympic Games, has been nominated for the World Games Athlete of the Year by the sports governing body FIH.
Along with 24 other athletes nominated for the award from their respective sports’ international federations, Rani was also recommended by the FIH for her outstanding performances and her ability to lead by example, Hockey India said in a statement.
“We at Hockey India are elated by the news of Rani being nominated for the World Games Athlete of the Year 2019. She indeed is a huge inspiration to many in the country and has made her own mark in the sport,” stated Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, President of Hockey India.
“We hope this nomination comes as an inspiration to many other aspiring players who wish to emulate Rani’s success. We urge all hockey fans to vote for Rani and also continue to support Rani and the Indian Women’s Team as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he added.
Rani responded to her nomination on Twitter and said, “Happy to share that I am nominated for World Games Athlete of the Year 2019. Request everyone to kindly vote for me.”
Happy to share that I am nominated for World Games Athlete of the Year 2019. Request everyone to kindly vote for me.
RULES-Firstly vote me and then to make your vote count please vote second athlete of your choice
-Can vote every 24 hours on this link- https://t.co/yahSRd6awB
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) January 10, 2020
This will be the 6th edition of the WGA initiative that recognises and honours an athlete or a team for their outstanding performance or for their social commitment or particularly fair behaviour.
The winner will be decided by online voting which closes on January 30.
Last year, Acrobatic Gymnastics couple Mariia Chernova and Georgii Pataraia (Russia) won the title with 159,348 votes, just ahead of American Powerlifter Jennifer Thompson with 152,865 votes.
(With inputs from agencies)