Rani Rampal, a cart-puller's daughter who turned dreams into a reality

Rani Rampal belongs to the Haryana village of Shahbad that has produced young hockey talents who won India their first medal in the junior women World Cup in Germany.

updated: August 06, 2013 15:01 IST
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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.

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