Hockey gave me an iden­tity

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1998 Asian Games gold medal­list

Hockey opened a win­dow for me to the wide world, in sport and be­yond. It also opened many doors for me, as a re­ward for all the ef­fort put in when play­ing for In­dia. Get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent a na­tion is a mat­ter of hon­our for every In­dian in any walk of life. We sportsper­sons are lucky to be able to give back to In­dia by do­ing an ac­tiv­ity we are pas­sion­ate about.

Wear­ing the na­tional colour gives me enor­mous pride. I hope fans and fol­low­ers saw that emo­tion in my game.

It is said that stud­ies cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for a ca­reer. I feel sport helped me grad­u­ate in life and does the same for oth­ers, how­ever poor or hum­ble your back­ground is. Hockey gave me an iden­tity. Learn­ing to ex­cel in my sport gave me the con­fi­dence to change my life, by play­ing along­side and ob­serv­ing ed­u­cated peo­ple.

The mag­a­zine cap­tured the mile­stones in my sport­ing ca­reer, from the All­wyn Asia Cup in New Delhi on­wards. In­dian hockey and world hockey ap­pre­ci­ates Sport­star’s ef­fort to take the sport to the peo­ple.

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