Rani first Indian to win World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 award

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Rani inspired India with a hattrick against Thailand. PC: Hockey India

Hockey India on Thursday congratulated the Indian Women’s Hockey Team, Captain Rani, for being the first Indian athlete to win the prestigious World Games Athlete of the Year 2019 Award.

This was the 6th edition of the IWGA (International World Games Association) initiative that recognises and honours an athlete or a team for their outstanding performance in 2019, or for their social commitment or particularly fair behaviour.

The 25 athletes nominated for this award from 25 sports were recommended by their International Federations and in Rani’s case, the FIH had recommended her name for the award for her outstanding performance and her ability to lead by example. She was instrumental in India qualifying for the first time in back-to-back Olympic Games.

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