Ritu Rani dropped from Indian Olympic Squad

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The Captain of Indian Women’s Hockey Team, Ritu Rani, is dropped from the Rio- bound Olympic contingent Indian women’s hockey team captain, due to lack of performances and poor attitude.

The final squad for both men’s and women’s leg is to be announced on July 12 but there is very feeble chances of her making to the squad if sources are to be believed. She has already left the preparatory national camp currently held in Bangalore and gone back to her hometown, Shahbad in Haryana.

Speaking about it, a senior member of the team management was quoted saying” It’s correct Ritu is not in the Olympic team. Her exclusion is solely on two counts – her (poor) performance and second is her attitude.”

Further, he said. “It has been explained to her time and again that she needs to lift her performance but she couldn’t do so. The camp is still going on in Bangalore. It will disperse today and tomorrow we are reaching Delhi. Ritu left the camp day before yesterday.”

The 24-year-old girl from Shahbad has been at the forefront of Indian women’s hockey for more than a decade now and has been given credits to hold the team together in the midfield.

The Hockey India President Narender Batra, when contacted, called it ‘immature’ behavior on part of the player.

Speaking about the incident, he said, “It’s really immature on part of Ritu because the team is not yet announced. It will be officially announced only on July 12 when I will publicly open the sealed envelope.”
Mr. Batra further added about the recommendations from the team management, “Yes, the team management has given me their recommendations about captain and vice captains of both the teams and it will be finalized on July 11 during the Hockey India Executive Board meeting.”

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