Our aim was to qualify for World Cup on merit: Rani Rampal to India Today

first_imgIndia women ended a 13-year-wait on November 5 when they became the Asian champions beating China 5-4 in a nail-biting hockey Asia Cup final in Japan.The previous women’s Asia Cup victory for India came in 2004, when they had defeated Japan in New Delhi.With the victory, the Indian women’s hockey team have qualified for next year’s World Cup.The Indian women team’s triumph follows the men’s Asia Cup victory last month.Rani Rampal was a proud captain as the Indian team touched down in New Delhi with the trophy shining bright in their hands.”It’s a huge achievement for us that we have qualified for the World Cup being the continental champions. We had the feeling amongst us that we have to qualify for the World Cup on our own and not through any other means,” Rampal told India Today.WATCH VIDEOTeam India received a grand welcome after arriving from Japan late on 6th Nov with the 9th Womens #AsiaCup2017 trophy. pic.twitter.com/0EIanay3Mi- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 7, 2017Rampal praised her team and highlighted the role of the coaching staff behind their success.”The team played very well and the coaching staff helped us a lot, guided us wonderfully and enabled us to perform well.”Rampal said they were very happy now that they could end the country’s long wait for the trophy.”The team is really happy because we last won the Asia Cup in 2004 and now this. So this shows that hockey has gradually improved,” Rampal concluded.advertisementEarlier, the Indian women’s hockey team expressed their disappointment over the fact that their game were not telecast live on TV.Monika Malik, Savita Punia and others said to ANI that they were hurt with the treatment meted to them in terms of the telecast.last_img read more