Experienced Indian hockey midfielder Namita Toppo called time on her career on Thursday. Notably, Toppo, who played more than 150 international matches after her debut in 2012, was part of the Indian team that won bronze and silver medals in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games, respectively.
Hockey India congratulated the two-time Asian Games medalist for her valuable contribution to the sport. Namita first represented her state team, Odisha in 2007 and her performance in the domestic competitions earned her selection for the Girl's U-18 Hockey Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand held in 2011 where the Indian Team clinched bronze medal.
The midfielder got selected in the senior India team in 2012 when she participated in the FIH Champions Challenge I in Dublin. Following year, she was also part of the Indian junior women's hockey team which won the bronze medal at the FIH Hockey Junior World Cup Women 2013 held in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
"The last ten years have definitely been the best years of my life. I had a dream to play for my country at the biggest stages and I am so happy that I have been able to achieve my dreams. I hope I have made a huge impact and I am very thrilled to see the way the Indian Women's Hockey Team has progressed in the last decade. I will keep cheering and supporting for the team while I move on to a new chapter in my life," she was quoted in Hockey India press release.
Talking about Namita Toto's contribution to the Indian Hockey, Indian women's hockey team chief coach Janneke Schopman said, "Namita made humongous contribution to Indian hockey and further stated that the experienced midfielder has been a perfect role model for the youngsters in the team.
Not many players get chance to play 168 matches for their national teams and Namita has earned each one of those caps. Apart from being a great hockey player, Toppo is one of the kindest people I know. She is very thoughtful and always puts the team first. I would like to wish her all the best for the future".