Hockey players representing India in Tokyo Olympics greeted with a rousing welcome in RCF
Olympian Navjot Kaur, Lalresiami and Reena Khokhar, RCF women's hockey players who represented India in Tokyo Olympics, and goalkeeper Krishan Pathak, raised and trained in RCF anda part of bronze medal winner men's hockey team were given a rousing welcome on their return to Rail Coach Factory, today. The players were carried in an open vehicle in the campus followed by a felicitation ceremony held at Hockey Stadium in which Mr. Ravinder Gupta, General Manager, RCF honoured the players.
On reaching RCF, players were garlanded at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium by Mr. R K Mangla, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer and President, RCF Sports Association and other officials of RCF Sports Association , besides all players ofWomen Hockey.
The Tokyo Olympic Star Players were then taken in an open vehicle to the hockey stadium where they were welcomed on the way by the players of men's hockey, football, athletics, basketball and wrestling. The rally culminated at the Hockey Stadium where a felicitation ceremony was organized to honour them where they were felicitated by the General Manager of RCF and Patron RCF Sports Federation Shri Ravinder Gupta. on this occasion, all the officers of RCF, officials of RCF Sports Association, members of RCF Women's Welfare Organization, office bearers of unions, a large number of employees, past and present RCF players and sports lovers were present.
Earlier, the General Manager Mr. Ravinder Gupta met the three women hockey players in his office and honored them. Navjot Kaur and Lalresiami were promoted to the post of gazetted officers. Each player shared their experiences at the Tokyo Olympics. Congratulating them, Mr. Gupta said that their performance in the Olympics is not less than a gold medal and he hopes that the players will work hard to give the team a gold in upcoming Hockey World Cup and many more players from RCF will represent India in the coming international fixtures.
All three women hockey players are regular members of RCF and Indian Railways team too. Navjot Kaur has played 180 matches for Indian team so far while Lalresiami has played 72 matches with national team and Reena Khokhar has played 45 matches. Reena Khokhar was with the team as a standbye. Krishna Pathak was born in Kapurthala lives with his uncle who works in RCF. He received training in goalkeeping from Yogita Bali, senior goal keeper of the RCF and Indian women's team at RCF Hockey Stadium. Pathak was a part of the Indian junior hockey team that won the Men's Hockey Junior World Cup in 2016, since then as been a regular member of the Indian team and has played 50 matches with the Indian team.