Hockey India recommended Ritu Rani and VR Raghunath for Arjuna Award

May 12, 2016 16:19 IST

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Hockey India on 11 May 2016 recommended Indian women’s team captain Ritu Rani and senior men’s team drag-flicker VR Raghunath along with Dharamvir Singh for Arjuna Award.

Besides, it also recommended Sylvanus Dung Dung for Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award and veteran coach CR Kumar for Dronacharya Award.

VR Ragunath: He debuted for Indian Hockey team in 2005 against Pakistan for bilateral series.

  • He was part of Indian team that won the bronze in the 2007 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Silver in 2008.
  • He also helped Indian team to win gold in the 2007 Asia Cup and silver in 2013 where he scored six goals.
  • In 2014 Asia Games he was the key member of the Indian team which won the gold after nearly three decades and secured Olympic berth.

Ritu Rani: She led the team from the front and helped it achieve the 2016 Rio Olympic berth.

Dharamvir Singh: He was also a part of the 2014 Asian Games gold medal winning team.

  • He was also in the team which won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the bronze medal at 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Sylvanus Dung Dung: Aged 70, he was part of the Indian team that won the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games wherein he had scored the golden goal against Spain.

CR Kumar: He is best known for guiding the Indian junior men’s hockey team to glory in the 2011 Junior World Cup in Hobart when he had served as the team’s Head Coach.

  • He has also served as Assistant Coach of the Indian senior men’s team at the 1998 Utrecht World Cup and 2002 Kuala Lumpur World Cup.
  • In recent years he has been closely working with women’s foreign Chief Coach Neil Hawgood.

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