Indian hockey captain Ritu Rani breaks down on national television after Olympics exclusion
Sportskeeda got to know from a source close to Ritu Rani that 'poor form' and 'attitude problem' are not the reasons behind her ouster.
Ritu Rani has had an emotional last few days after not being selected to lead the team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, which happens to be one of the biggest shows on earth. Her world came crashing down when she was sacked from the captaincy.
A few heartbreaking moments with Rani were caught on the camera of NDTV today. The Indian hockey captain crying in front of the national television is something that has to tug at the heartstrings of every hockey fan. With tears flowing from her eyes, Rani sobbed openly in front of the camera, and the passion in her eyes for the love of the game was evident again.
Getting dropped from the team is okay - it's part and parcel of a sportsperson's life. But if the same woman who led the nation to Olympic qualification after 36 years is dropped from the team, that too because of a 'fishy' reason, it is painful.
When Ritu was 15 years old, she became the youngest ever player in the Indian senior team and became the captain four years later. She has done more than an amazing job over the last four years, leading the team to two bronze medal finishes at the 2013 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Sportskeeda got to know from a very close source of Ritu Rani that 'poor form' and 'attitude problem' are not the reasons behind her ouster. There were reports that Rani had been dropped for 'her lack of commitment', which our source added is not true.
While we are sending our biggest-ever Olympic contingent, we have failed one player, who is an asset to our country.