Salima, Sangita, and Nikki set to perform before home crowd


With just a week to go for the start of the prestigious Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023, Indian Women’s Hockey Team players Salima Tete, Nikki Pradhan, and Sangita Kumari, all of whom hail from Jharkhand, expressed their excitement for the upcoming tournament.
The tournament, which will take place from October 27 to November 5, will see India competing alongside Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. Savita will be leading the Indian Women’s Hockey Team in the tournament, with Deep Grace Ekka as her deputy. India will open their campaign in the tournament against Thailand on Friday, October 27. Indian Women’s Hockey Team forward Sangita expressed excitement about returning to Ranchi for the major tournament, saying, “I played my first tournament in Ranchi when I was in the U-14 team, and we won the bronze medal for Hockey Jharkhand. Later on, I played at the sub-junior level here as well. However, this will be my first time competing in such a major international event in Ranchi. I can’t wait to walk out in front of the home fans, which will be out in force to show their support.” Sangita has fond memories of playing matches in the city when she was younger, and she feels proud of the growth of hockey in the state.