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Inconsolable Ritu Rani breaks down after being dropped from Olympic squad

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Inconsolable Ritu Rani breaks down after being dropped from Olympic squad

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Amlan Majumdar

07/16/2016

Ritu Rani, who was replaced by Sushila Chanu as the captain of the women's hockey team and subsequently dropped from the squad which was selected for the Rio Olympics, has hit back at the selectors and the Hockey India, claiming that the allegations of poor attitude brought against her were false.

Life has been hard for Ritu Rani for the past few weeks. The 24-year-old, who was one of the stars of the Indian women's hockey squad which qualified for the Olympics after eons, was not only stripped of her captaincy, but was also removed from the squad for Rio. While reports suggest that the reason behind this decision was Ritu's poor attitude and performances, Ritu has argued otherwise in an emotional interview to the NDTV.

"The news came as a shock to me. I had no issues of fitness or attitude at all. No explanation was [sic] given to me properly as to why I have been dropped.

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It's wrong to make false allegations. I don't think I will be able to watch the Olympic matches on TV."

"I didn't leave any training or camps, I got engaged when the camp was on a break," Ritu told NDTV.

Ritu also pointed out that although Sardar Singh is also facing issues off the field, he has received better support from the federation. She also claimed that the allegations brought against her were false.

"I feel playing hockey for all these years has been useless. My fiancee is hugely upset. Sardar Singh is also facing personal problems, his captaincy has been taken away as well, but he is still in the team. Then why this treatment with me?"

"It's wrong to make false allegations. I don't think I will be able to watch the Olympic matches on TV," Ritu added, while breaking down on live television.

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