IMPHAL, July 14 - Newly appointed skipper of the sixteen member Indian women�s hockey team, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam on Thursday said that unity would hold the key to success at the Rio Games starting next month.
�I believe a team needs to be united in order to perform well. So we have to act on it,� said the 24 year old defender. Sushila had earlier captained the Indian junior women�s hockey team in the 2012 World Cup at Germany.
Reacting on being appointed captain, Sushila said: �I am so very happy but was so surprised when the names were being announced as I never expected. To play in the Olympics was always a dream.
�What I am today is because of my uncle Robindro Meitei who always supported me, and I would also like to thank each and every well wisher for their constant support.�
Sushila started playing hockey when she was in Class VI (2003) and secured a berth in the National team in 2008. �I took part in all kinds of sports in school and Yaoshang fest meet. But somehow I got connected with hockey and started proper training under Posterior Hockey Academy.�
Sushila currently works as an employee of the Central Railways.