After making his debut in the senior India team in 2012, played more than 150 international matches.
Toppo was part of the bronze and silver winning teams at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games.
India played for the hockey team for 10 years and made a splash around the world.
New Delhi: Star women’s hockey player and veteran midfielder Namita Toppo said goodbye to hockey on Thursday (September 15). After making his debut in the senior India team in 2012, played more than 150 international matches. Hailing from Jorumal, a small village in Odisha’s Sundergarh district, 27-year-old Toppo was part of the Indian team that won bronze and silver medals in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games. After this, she has also been an important member of the hockey team that finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She played for Hockey India for 10 years and made a splash around the world.
In a press release issued by Hockey India, Namita Toppo said, “The last 10 years have definitely been the best years of my life. I dreamed of playing on the biggest stages for my country and I am very happy that I have lived my dream. Toppo further added, “I hope that I have made a big impact and I am thrilled to see the way the Indian women’s hockey team has grown and developed over the past decade. I will continue to support the team as I move on to a new chapter in my life.”
Made his debut in Hockey India team in 2012
Learned hockey tricks at Namita Toppo Sports Hostel, Panposh, Rourkela. She first represented her state (Orissa) team in 2007 and her performance in domestic competitions got her selected for the Under-18 Girls Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011, where India won a bronze medal. He was first selected to represent the senior national team in 2012 at the FIH Champions Challenge I in Dublin.
Member of the bronze winning team at the Junior World Cup in Germany in 2013
Namita was part of the Indian junior team that won the bronze medal at the 2013 FIH Women’s Junior World Cup in Manchengladbach, Germany. Toppo has featured in major tournaments such as the FIH Women’s World League Round 2 in 2013, where India won the gold medal. 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in 2013 where India won Silver. He also participated in 2014 Commonwealth Games, Asian Games where India won bronze medals. After this also played 2016 Rio Olympics.
Namita has made a huge contribution to Indian hockey: Chief coach Janke Schoepmann
Hockey India congratulated the two-time Asian Games medalist for his contribution to the game. National Team Chief Coach Janneke Schoepmann said, “Namita has made a huge contribution to Indian hockey. Apart from giving her all on the field, Namita has also been an ideal role-model for the youngsters in the team. He further said that “Many players do not get a chance to play 168 matches for their national teams, but Namita got this chance. Apart from being a great hockey player, Toppo is one of the kindest people I know. She is very considerate and she always puts the team first.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 15, 2022, 18:39 IST