INSPIRING STORY: Once a milk-seller, Renuka Yadav now part of hockey squad for Rio Olympics

Renuka, who has become the first woman Olympian from Chhattisgarh, was delighted with the fact that Indian women's team has qualified for the prestigious event after a gap of 36 years.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2016, 09:08 AM IST
INSPIRING STORY: Once a milk-seller, Renuka Yadav now part of hockey squad for Rio Olympics

New Delhi: As Hockey India (HI) announced the named of India's women's 16-member squad for upcoming Rio Olympics on Tuesday, it was a huge day for Renuka Yadav, who hails from Chhattisgarh.

Coming from a lower middle-class family, Renuka used to go door-to-door to sell milk as her parents worked as domestic helps, according to a report in The Times of India.

Sharing her ordeal, Renuka told the newspaper, “It was not an easy journey. I belong to a lower middle-class family. I used to sell milk while my parents did household work like dusting and cleaning in others home to earn a livelihood."

Renuka, who has become the first woman Olympian from Chhattisgarh, was delighted with the fact that Indian women's team has qualified for the prestigious event after a gap of 36 years.

“This is a golden moment of my life. We have got the opportunity to be at the Olympics after a long gap of 36 years. I am happy to be the first ever woman Olympian of Chhattisgarh," she said.

In a bold move, HI sacked regular skipper Ritu Rani and appointed Sushila Chanu as the new captain of the team.

Complete squad: Goalkeeper: Savita Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika (vice-captain), Namita Toppo, Sunita Lakra (defender), Sushila Chanu (captain). Midfielders: Navjot Kaur, Monika, Renuka Yadav, Lilima Minz. Forwards: Anuradha Devi, Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Rani Rampal, Preeti Dubey, Nikki Pradhan. On standby: Rajani Etimarpu, H. Lalruat Feli.