No matter what you love, you will find the most beautiful things in the world. Whether it’s a person or a sport. Hockey is the love of Indian hockey legend Ritu Rani. This brought him not only love and fame, but also deep stress and depression. But now Ritu Rani is back on the field again and ready to use her hockey stick.
Indian women’s hockey star Ritu Rani
Ritu Rani is a famous Indian hockey player and captain of the national hockey team. Led by Ritu, who played as a centre back, the Indian women’s hockey team won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games. It was under her leadership that India finished fifth in the 2014-15 Women’s World Hockey World League semi-finals, thus qualifying India for the 2016 Summer Olympics after 36 years.
At the age of 9, Ritu of the Shahabad Kurukshetra district of Haryana started playing hockey. Ritu has won many medals for the country under her leadership. During his career, he has seen many ups and downs. Despite this, he never gave up, always focusing on his fitness.
Effort from childhood
Rito’s older brother also played hockey, and seeing them, he started playing hockey. Ritu’s brother used to go to train with coach Sardar Baldev Singh. He asked to bring Ritu with him. Ritu then started learning hockey skills at the Shahabad Hockey Academy.
She said, “When I started playing hockey, I had to listen a lot to my relatives because hockey was played with a ball on. But my family always supported me. I remember I had to do hockey and study at the same time. That’s why The reason I used to go to the ground in my school uniform. She went to school from there after practice in the morning.
Became captain at 20
Ritu joined the Indian senior team at 14 and became captain at 20. She was the youngest player at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid. Ritu joined the railway first and then the Haryana police before the sports quota. Under his leadership, he led India to many victories. But despite India’s participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics, he was eliminated from the Indian team. Because of this, he also retired from hockey for a few days.
Back on the ground again despite being a victim of depression
Ritu said: “It was a shock to me when I was not selected for the Olympics. I was not selected as a player for the 2016 Olympics even though I was captain of the team and qualified for the team. This made me a victim of depression. I was so sad, I even quit the game. But my husband Harsh Sharma and family are always with me. They didn’t let me down and I started playing again. I’ve gotten myself out of depression by focusing on my fitness and health.
Emphasize bodyweight exercises
When Ritu started playing again, she became pregnant a few days later. The babies were delivered by C-section, so it took them a year to get back on the ground. She said she gained 15kg after she became pregnant. With the help of exercise and willpower, I’ve not only lost weight, I’ve stayed healthy. I exercise and eat according to my body weight.
Stay away from greasy and junk food. Now I’m playing hockey again and in a few months I’ll be playing at the national level.
Hockey can also be a fitness companion
If hockey is played in a regular game, even that will keep you healthy, Ritu said. Even playing hockey just 4 days a week can burn extra fat. You do this by exercising during the day and playing hockey for an hour at night. Ritu also wants her daughter to become a hockey player. She took him to the hockey field and showed him videos of her games.
Ritu posted on the occasion of the National Games, today’s game is very important. You can play any sport, not just hockey. Not only does this keep your body free from multiple ailments, but your mind doesn’t get caught up in what’s here and there, and can focus on its goals. Hockey is a team game, so it also teaches social harmony.
Every year on August 29, India celebrates the Games on the birthday of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand Singh. Under the leadership of Major Dhyan Chand, India won gold medals at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games.
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