It is a dream come true for 22-year-old Renuka Yadav. A young girl who used to sell milk going door-to-door in Rajnandgaon, she is now going to become Chhattisgarh’s first woman Olympian. Renuka has been named in the 16-member women’s hockey squad for the Rio Olympics. A team that has got the opportunity to display its mettle in the Olympics after a gap of 36 years.
It’s been a difficult journey for Renuka who comes from a lower-middle class family where her parents work as domestic help in people’s home, reports Times of India.
Renuka plays as a midfielder or sometimes as a fullback for the Indian women’s hockey side. She took up hockey at an early age of 7 under the mentorship of Bushan Sao — a school-level hockey coach in Rajnandgaon. After passing class X, she got selected in Girls Hockey Academy, Gwalior where she got free coaching. For brilliance in sports, she has also secured a job of a train ticket examiner with Central Railway in Mumbai.
Historic Olympic comeback
India women’s field hockey team qualified for the Olympics by having achieved a top five finish at the 2014–15 Women’s FIH Hockey World League, and reached the semifinals signifying its historic Olympic comeback after 36 years. A large contingent of Indian athletes is going to participate in Rio Olympics which starts from August 5. The Logical Indian wishes them all the best.