There is a lot of enthusiasm among the women players of the country including Meerut after hitting a hat-trick of three goals against South Africa in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The players believe that Vandana's hat-trick will serve as a life force for the women's hockey league in the country. Hockey India has also announced the organization of the Under-21 Khelo India Women's Hockey League. Vandana has been advocating since the beginning that the organization of the Women's Hockey League will usher in a new era of women's hockey in the country and players will come out from every corner of the country to represent the country.
The team reached Rio Olympics after 36 years
Women's hockey coach Roelant Olmonts considers Vandana Hataria as one of the best forwards in the world. He believes that Vandana is very quick in the forward, which helps her to score goals. In Tokyo too, Vandana scored one goal in three from the field and two goals in penalty. Earlier, Vandana had also played an important role in qualifying the women's hockey team for the Rio Olympic Games after 36 years. Happy with this performance, Hockey India also gave prize money of one lakh rupees to all the players including Vandana.
Vandana has been a match-winner since the beginning
Vandana has always taken the team ahead with her match-winning performances at crucial stages. After becoming a part of the Indian junior team in 2010, Vandana scored five goals in four matches in the Junior World Cup held in Germany in the year 2013 itself and won the team bronze medal. In the 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Vandana played the 100th match for the Indian women's hockey team. After this, Vandana scored 11 goals in the FIH Hockey World League in 2014-15 and the Indian team became the winner.
Should also get Arjuna Award
Vandana Kataria, originally from Uttarakhand, lived in Mohanpuri, Meerut from 2004 to 2006 and took hockey training from coach Pradeep Chinoti at the NAS Hockey Ground. The state government had honored Vandana with the Rani Laxmibai Award last year. Even before going to Tokyo, Vandana's name has also gone for this year's Arjuna Award. Meerut players believe that now after this hat-trick performance, Vandana should also get Arjuna Award.