Pritam Rani Siwach
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1998
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Pritam Rani Siwach is a former captain of the Indian women's hockey team. She was born on October 2, 1974 in Village Jharsa, Gurgaon. She started playing hockey at the age of 9. She had developed her hockey in the guidance of PTI Master Tara Chand in the school of village Jharsa. Master Tara Chand and Head master Raghwendra Singh Yadav has helped her to become a best player of Hockey. n 2008, she was recalled to join the team for the Olympic qualifiers in order to bring an "additional wealth of experience." After the team did not qualify for the Olympics, Siwach stated in an interview, "We are not that bad as the results would show. It was simply a case of missed chances. One difference between my times and now is the midfield. We had an experienced midfield with Sita Gussain at the centre. That helped us. Here, both TH Ranjita and Rosalind Ralte are young, just come into the team. They are potential youngsters, will only improve." She last played with the team when it won the Gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She currently runs an academy and is training to become a coach. Siwach received an Arjuna Award in 1998. Pritam Rani Siwach is now Coach with Indian Women Hockey team for World Cup and Commonwealth Games.