India women’s hockey team midfielder Namita Toppo announces retirement | Hockey News

NEW DELHI: Experienced Hockey Midfielder Namita Toppowho has made more than 150 international appearances after making his senior debut in India in 2012, decided on Thursday to end his career.
Toppo, 27, from Sundargarh district in Odisha, was part of the Indian team that won bronze and silver medals in 2014 and Asian Games 2018 respectively.
“The last 10 years have definitely been the best years of my life. I had a dream to perform for my country on the biggest stages and I’m so happy that I was able to fulfill my dreams,” Toppo said in a statement. Hockey India Release.

“I hope to have had a huge impact and am thrilled to see how the Indian women’s hockey team has progressed over the past decade. I will continue to cheer and support the team as I move on to a new chapter. of my life. .”
Toppo is a product of Sports Hostel, Panposh, Rourkela. She first represented her state team in 2007 and her performances in domestic competitions saw her selected for the U-18 Girls’ Asian Cup in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011, where the India won a bronze medal. She was first selected to represent the senior national team in 2012 at the FIH Champions Challenge I in Dublin.
She was part of the Indian junior team that won bronze at the 2013 FIH Junior Women’s World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. Toppo has participated in major tournaments like FIH Women’s World League 2nd Round in 2013 where India won gold, Asian Women’s Champions Trophy 3rd in 2013 where India won a medal silver.
She also participated in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Asian Games where India won a bronze medal and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Hockey India has praised the two-time Asian Games medalist for her port contribution in the country’s game.
“Namita has made a huge contribution to Indian hockey. Apart from giving everything on the pitch, Namita has also been a perfect role model for the youngsters in the team,” said national team head coach Janneke Schopman .
“Few players get the chance to play 168 games for their national teams and Namita has earned every one of those caps. Besides being a great hockey player, Toppo is one of the nicest people I know. She is very caring and always put the team first.”

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