13th July, 2016
Manipur girl Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam has been given the hot seat to be the captain of the Indian Hockey team for the upcoming Rio Olympics when longtime skipper and midfielder Ritu Rani was dropped from the Indian women’s hockey squad following her poor performances and conduct. Ritu was an important member of the national team and had led the team to its first Olympic qualification in 36 years.
Sushila gained everyone’s attention when she led the Indian junior women’s team to a bronze medal at the 2013 Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. She had also captained the Indian women’s team during their tour of Australia at a four-nation tournament earlier this year.
Born on 25th February, 1992 to Pukhrambam Shyamsundar and Pukhrambam Ongbi Lata, Chanu comes from a very humble background in Imphal, Manipur. She has been raised in a family of sports lovers which had also encouraged her to pick up her first hockey stick when she was just 11.
She has been working as the junior ticket collector at the Central Mumbai Railway too. She is a soft spoken midfielder and is immensely dedicated to her game. After India’s commendable show in Hockey World League 2015, where they reached the semis, midfielder Sushila was applauded for her great contributions throughout the tournament.
On Tuesday, Sushila Chanu, a veteran of 112 international matches was appointed to be the captain for the women’s hockey team for the Rio Olympics.
A proud northeast wishes you and your team extraordinary achievements in the approaching Olympics. Good luck!