Bhubaneswar: Hockey India on Monday named Odisha’s star defender Deep Grace Ekka as vice-captain of the Indian women’s team for the ensuing Tokyo Olympics.
Veteran strike Rani Rampal will be the captain, while Ekka and experienced goalkeeper Savita will be vice-captains of the 16-member team.
Taking to the media soon after the announcement, Grace said the new responsibility will motivate her to ensure the team does well in Tokyo.
“To be vice-captain of India at the Olympics is a huge honour and it will surely motivate me further to do well for the team. We have players from different regions of India in the team, but we have come closer as a unit over these past 15 months during the pandemic which has been challenging for all,” stated Grace, who will play be taking part in her second Olympic Games.