Humbled and honoured to be named for Padma Shri: Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal

New Delhi: Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal on Sunday said she was humbled and honoured to be named for the prestigious Padma Shri, the country’s fourth-highest civilian award, by the government.

Rani was one of the eight sportspersons named for the Padma Awards on Saturday on the eve of the country’s 71st Republic Day. Rani is one of the six sportspersons who will be awarded the Padma Shri.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive one of the highest civilian awards of our country #Padmashree I dedicate this award to my entire team & supporting staff. Elated & thankful to @KirenRijiju sir @TheHockeyIndia, coach Baldev Sir, family, friends & fans for always supporting me,” tweeted the 25-year-old Rani.

Rani has played over 200 matches: Rani has played more than 200 matches for India and she recently helped the country secure Tokyo Olympics berth by playing a key role in team’s win over the United States in the qualification match.

The celebrated boxer MC Mary Kom will be conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award, while world champion shuttler PV Sindhu will get the third highest award Padma Bhushan.

The other Padma Shri winners are cricketer Zaheer Khan, former men’s hockey skipper MP Ganesh, ace shooter Jitu Rai, former Indian women’s football team captain Oinam Bembem Devi and archer Tarundeep Rai.