Several years ago, an Indian cart-puller in Haryana's Shahbad recognized his daughter's passion for hockey. Last weekend, the world shared his recognition and stood up to salute Rani Rampal - the star player of Indian junior girls team that won a first-ever World Cup bronze medal in Germany (Match report).
Rani was adjudged player of the tournament at Monchengladbach in Germany - a proud moment for an entire nation but especially her father who, despite his limited means, ensured his daughter got the best training possible in their village. "I tell my father not to work anymore. But he insists on working. He doesn't listen to me. I hope I can convince him now," Rani was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
It is this sheer dedication of his that Rani has come to take inspiration from, much like how her village too has helped her excel.