World Games Athlete of the Year Award: Odisha CM Appeals All to Vote for Rani Rampal

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday appealed all to vote for India’s women hockey star Rani Rampal enabling her to win the ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ award.

The Odisha CM, who has been widely praised for his initiatives to promote the game of hockey, took to Twitter to appeal all to support the Indian Women Hockey Team captain by voting.

“It’s a matter of pride for the country that Rani, captain of Indian Women Hockey Team, has been shortlisted for ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’. Appeal all to support the Indian captain by voting”, Naveen tweeted.

Earlier, the women hockey star requested the Odisha CM to support her to win the award.

“Hon’ble sir @naveen_Odisha, I’ve been nominated for ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ & I’d be really grateful if you could share this link and help me win. Vote twice to make your vote count”, Rani tweeted.

Rani was nominated for the ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ award by International Hockey Federation earlier this month.

She became one of only 25 sports stars to be nominated for the prestigious award from different sports by their respective international global bodies.

Rampal had helped Team India qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after a stellar performance in the Qualifiers last year.

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