Hockey in Jharkhand
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The leading players
When Nikki Pradhan represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she not only created a record but also broke a gender barrier. She became the first woman to represent Jharkhand on the world's biggest sporting stage.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who can also play as a deep defender, is the daughter of Bihar police constable Soma Pradhan and wife Jitan Devi.
Nikki is the sixth hockey player from Jharkhand (erst while south Bihar) to play in the Olympics, after Jaipal Singh Munda (1928), Michael Kindo (1972), Sylvanus Dungdung (1980), Ajit Lakra (1992) and Manohar Topno (1984).