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Odia girl Sunita to led Indian women hockey team
Sportslogon Team May 2nd 2018

Bhubaneswar : Odia defender Sunita Lakra will led the defending champion 18-member Hockey India women team as captain which was announced on Wednesday, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team will take part in the Asian Champions Trophy schedule to be held at Donghae City, Korea from 3 May, 2018.

Sunita who was the vice-captain in the last edition will led the team in the absence of regular captain Rani who has been rested for the tournament while goalkeeper Savita will shoulder the responsibility of vice captain.

Apart from Sunita four more Odia players named among the national squad. The Indian wall Deep Grace Ekka, midfielder Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo and forward Anupa Barla are the other Odia players.

The team will be hoping to ride on the good show at the recently held XXI Commonwealth Games where they made the semifinal after 12 years but eventually finished fourth, in the team Deep Grace Ekka, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo and Sunita Lakra were the member.

In the last edition Sunita, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo and Punam Barla were in the 2016 team, the Indian team had defeated China in the final to win the Asian Champions Trophy.

“We were very disappointed after losing the Semi Final in CWG by a close margin to hosts Australia. We knew it was our best chance to make the medal round. Against England too, we didn’t perform the way we had planned but we carry a lot of confidence and heart from these matches against tougher teams like England and Australia. While fitness and speed has been a major focus point in all our camps, we are also working hard in terms of goal conversion and improving our attack. While the team is of mostly experienced players, we also have talented youngsters who are eager to contribute to the team’s success and help us defend the title,” stated the 27-year-old Sunita Lakra.

Team:Goalkeepers;Savita (VC), Swati, Defenders; Deepika, Sunita Lakra (C), Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Suman Devi Thoudam, Midfielders; Monika, Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Udita, Forwards; Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Anupa Barla. .
This news was added and updated on : May 2nd 2018
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