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Who is Vandana Katariya?

Vandana Katariya, born 15 April 1992, is an Indian field hockey player. She plays as a forward in the Indian national team. Vandana rose to prominence in 2013, being India’s top goal-scorer in the 2013 Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup, where India won a bronze medal; she scored five goals in the tournament, the third by any player.

Vandana Kataria has played for the senior national team in more than 200 international matches. She was a part of the Indian team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games and represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has cited Argentine Luciana Aymar as her favorite player.

Vandana Katariya Makes History

Vandana Katariya
Vandana Katariya

Indian women’s hockey team player Vandana Katariya made history on Saturday (31st July 2021), as she became the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick in hockey at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. She was the one who gave India a win of 4-3 against South Africa.

The 29-year-old player, Vandana Katariya is reportedly the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick at the Olympics after 1984. Her family members and village folks celebrated her historic win on Saturday. She was part of the Indian women’s hockey team when the team played at the Asian Champion Trophy 2018.

Vandana Katariya had won the player of the tournament award then and her team and won a silver medal. She was also part of the team when they played at Rio Olympics 2016.

Vandana Katariya’s family faces casteist slurs after Olympic loss

Hours after India lost to Argentina at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, two upper-caste men used casteist slurs to abuse hockey player Vandana Katariya’s family in a village in Haridwar.

The police have detained one of them but are yet to file a first information report in the case, police officer LS Butola said.

The two men said India lost the match because there were “too many Dalits players” on the team, Katariya’s family told the newspaper.

The incident triggered outrage on social media, with people pointing out that just days ago, the 29-year-old had become the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick at the Olympics. She led India to a 4-3 victory against South Africa last month.

Vandana Katariya Biography, Wiki

Vandana Katariya was born on 15 April 1992, in Roshnabad – Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand). Her father Nahar Singh works as a master technician in BHEL, Haridwar. 

Hailing from Roshnabad in the Haridwar district, Vandana Katariya is one of the most improved players upfronts for India in the last couple of years. The youngster first made her junior international debut in 2006 before going on to make her senior international debut four years later.

Born15 April 1992 (age 29)
Roshnabad, Uttar Pradesh
(now Uttarakhand, India)
Height1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Playing positionForward
Current clubRailways
2010– PresentIndia

Vandana Katariya Hockey Career

Vandana Katariya

Vandana Katariya was picked in the Indian junior team in 2006 and she made it to the senior national team in 2010. She was a part of the team that won bronze at the 2013 Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany. She was India’s top scorer in the tournament, having scored 5 goals in 4 games.  In an interview she called the bronze medal her favorite moment, “It has to be when we won the bronze medal at the World Cup in Germany. My father was called by the media and he had tears in his eyes. So, making my father proud is the best moment of my hockey career.” 

She won her 100th cap while playing against Canada in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. “We clearly missed Vandana during the Hawke’s Bay Cup. Her being back in the team strengthens our attack as she is good with speed and skill, to break the defence chain, which at times leaves the opponents on the back foot,” said Kataria’s 21-year-old teammate Poonam Rani. Katariya was honored with Hockey India’s Player of the Year Award in 2014. 

At the Round 2 of the 2014–15 FIH Hockey World League, she finished with 11 goals top-scorer, with India winning the tournament. “In my book, Vandana is one of the top forwards in world hockey. She is quick, can score goals, can defend and is improving all the time,” Indian women’s hockey team’s stop-gap coach Roelant Oltmans said after her performance in Round 2 League. In November 2016, Katariya was retained as the skipper of the Indian women’s hockey team for the Test Series against Australia and led the team in Melbourne from 23 to 30 November.

After qualifying for 2016 Summer Olympics Katariya said :

Our morale is high. Our performance in Antwerp gave us a lot of confidence. We beat a lot of teams that we’ll be facing in Rio.

The Indian team won a silver at the Asian Champion Trophy, 2018, losing to Korea. Vandana Katariya won the player of the tournament award. Katariya played her 200th match in the third of the five-match series in India’s tour of Spain in June 2018 ahead of the World Cup. She was named in the 16-member squad for the World Cup.

In the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Vandana became first Indian woman to score an Olympic hat-trick in hockey.Her family was subjected to casteist slurs after India lost to Argentina in the semifinals. . Certain upper-caste men hurled abuses at Katariya’s family saying that the team lost the Olympic semifinal as it had too many Dalit players.

Vandana Katariya Achievements

  • Part of the national team that earned a bronze medal in Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup of 2013 and emerged out as the top goal scorer of India with 5 goals
  • In 2014, Vandana aided the Indian team to win 2014-15 FIH Hockey World League by finishing with 11 goals and was also honoured with the Hockey India’s Player of the Year Award for her astounding performances at international stages.
  • Part of the team that won the 2017 Women’s Hockey Asia Cup
  • Part of the Indian hockey team that won a silver medal at the Asian Champion Trophy 2018 and was entitled as the “Player of the Tournament
  • Bagged a silver medal in 2018 and a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games along with her team.

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Who is Vandana Katariya?

Vandana Katariya is an Indian hockey player.

What is Vandana Katariya famous for?

Vandana Katariya has become the first woman hockey player to score hat-trick in Olympics.

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