Former Indian ladies’s hockey participant Anurita Saini, who died earlier this week after a quick sickness, was a member of the historic Asiad gold-medal successful group of 1982. She was identified with jaundice and was admitted to Central Railway Hospital in New Delhi final month. She was 60.
Saini, throughout her taking part in days, was nicely regarded for her feisty, by no means-say-die angle. She started her profession in Lucknow, on the KD Singh Stadium.
“She used to be funny as well as supportive to everyone off the field, but never compromised with her game,” mentioned Prem Maya, who captained the Indian group and was Saini’s hostel-mate at Lucknow. “Her approach to the game was special. It was something to learn from for the rest of the girls.”
From a military household in Faizabad, Saini performed for granted-half, and was recognized for each her tackling and passing prowess.
“Her stick-work at the 1982 Asian Games was a treat to watch as she was always prompt to feed the ball to the striker,” mentioned Maya. “Even when Anurita lost both her parents within a week in 1981, she never lost her confidence and kept fighting the odds. This fighting attitude of hers made her strong.”
Women’s hockey made its debut on the 1982 Asiad, and the Indian ladies’s group has by no means once more gained gold at that stage. The closest they’ve come was in 2018, after they misplaced the ultimate for a silver.
Besides representing India on the 1982 Asian Games, Saini performed on the 1983 Kuala Lumpur World Cup and later turned assistant coach and supervisor of the ladies’s group from 2002 to 2006.