Ritu Rani dropped from Indian women’s hockey Rio-bound squad

first_imgRitu Rani, Indian women’s hockey team captain, is likely to be dropped from the Rio-bound side. The final squad of 16 is to be picked in three days’ time but a senior member of the team management confirmed that Ritu has left the ongoing national camp in Bangalore.The 24-year-old has been dropped owing to her poor performances and attitude problem, the source said.ATTITUDE PROBLEMS “It’s correct Ritu is not in the Olympic team. Her exclusion is solely on two counts – her (poor) performance and second is her attitude,” he said.”It has been explained to her time and again that she needs to lift her performance but she couldn’t do so. The camp is still going on in Bangalore. It will disperse today and tomorrow we are reaching Delhi. Ritu left the camp day before yesterday.”Under Ritu’s leadership the Indian women’s team qualified for the Olympics for the first time in 36 years since 1980.RANI RAMPAL LIKELY TO LEAD The 24-year-old has been at the forefront of Indian women’s hockey for more than a decade and has been the key to the midfield.Despite repeated attempts, Ritu could not be reached for her comments.In her absence, the leadership role could fall on another senior player Rani Rampal.However, Hockey India President Narinder Batra tried to downplay the issue while calling it “immature” behaviour on part of the player.”It’s really immature on part of Ritu because the team is not yet announced. It will be officially announced only on July 12 when I will publicly open the sealed envelope,” Batra said.advertisement”Yes, the team management has given me their recommendations about captain and vice captains of both the teams and it will be finalised on July 11 during the HI executive board meeting.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more