Sangita Kumari Wiki, Height, Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Sangita Kumari is an Indian hockey player who plays in the forward position.

Wiki/Biography

Sangita Kumari was born on Monday, 24 December 2001 (age 22 years; as of 2023) in the village Karangaguri Nawatoli, District Simdega, Jharkhand. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. Sangita completed her schooling at the RC MS Karangaguri Middle School, Simdega, Jharkhand.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Weight (approx.): 50 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Figure Measurements (approx.): 32-28-30

Sangita Kumari

Family

Parents & Siblings

Sangita Kumari’s father, Ranjit Manjhi, is a farmer, and her mother, Lakhmani Devi, is a homemaker.

Sangita Kumari with her father, Ranjit Manjhi

Sangita Kumari with her father, Ranjit Manjhi

Sangita has three sisters and one of them is Sandeepa Kumari who is also a hockey player. She also has a brother named Sanjay Manjhi.

Sangita Kumari (left) with her elder sister

Sangita Kumari (left) with her elder sister

Sangita Kumari (centre) with her brother Sanjay Manjhi (left) and her mother Lakhmani Devi (right)

Sangita Kumari (centre) with her brother Sanjay Manjhi (left) and her mother Lakhmani Devi (right)

Sangita Kumari (left) with her sister

Sangita Kumari (left) with her sister

Sangita Kumari's younger sister Sandeepa Kumari

Sangita Kumari’s younger sister Sandeepa Kumari

Husband

Sangita Kumari is unmarried.

Religion

Sangita Kumari follows Sarnaism which is a religious faith of the Indian subcontinent. The followers of this are nature worshipers and it is claimed to be India’s largest tribal religion.

Sangita Kumari's Instagram bio in which she represents the 'Sarna' religion of the tribals

Sangita Kumari’s Instagram bio in which she represents the ‘Sarna’ religion of the tribals

Career

Hockey Player

In 2016, Sangita Kumar was selected for the junior national camp and in the same year she played her Indian junior debut match at the Five-nation Invitational Hockey Tournament which was held in Valencia, Spain. She also scored her first international goal against Spain in only her second game in this series. In the same year, she also represented the Indian women’s hockey team in the 4th Women’s U18 Asia Cup 2016 in which she scored eight goals and helped India win a bronze medal by defeating South Korea by a score of 3-0. In 2018, Sangita became part of the Indian squad at the 2018 Asian Youth Olympic Games Qualifier for girls’ field hockey in which the Indian team won the silver medal. In 2022, she represented India in the XXII Commonwealth Games which was held in Birmingham, England. The Indian team won the bronze medal in the tournament finals.

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Sangita Kumari posing with her bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2022

Sangita Kumari posing with her bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2022

In 2023, Sangita Kumari was selected for the Indian hockey team squad for the 19th Asian Games which were held in Hangzhou, China. The Indian hockey team won the bronze medal in the championship by defeating Japan by the score of 2-1.

Sangita Kumari posing with her bronze medal at the 19th Asian Games in 2023

Sangita Kumari posing with her bronze medal at the 19th Asian Games in 2023

In the same year, Sangita participated in the 7th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy which was held in Ranchi, India in which the Indian hockey team won the title by defeating Japan by the score of 4-0 in the finals. Sangita was the highest goal scorer of India with a total of 6 goals in the tournament.

Sangita Kumari after winning the 7th Women's Asia Championships Trophy (2023)

Sangita Kumari after winning the 7th Women’s Asia Championships Trophy (2023)

In 2023, Sangita also represented the Railway Sports Promotion Board’s hockey team in the 3rd Hockey Indian Senior Women Inter-Department National Championship in which the team won the silver medal.

Sangita Kumari posing with her silver medal at the 3rd Hockey Indian Senior Women Inter-Department National Championship (2023)

Sangita Kumari posing with her silver medal at the 3rd Hockey Indian Senior Women Inter-Department National Championship (2023)

Awards

  • 2023: ‘Jharkhand Player of the Match’ at the 7th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy
    Sangita Kumari receiving the 'Jharkhand Player of the Match' (2023)

    Sangita Kumari receiving the ‘Jharkhand Player of the Match’ (2023)

  • 2023: ‘Rising Star of the Tournament’ at the 7th Women’s Asian Champions Trophy
    Sangita Kumari receiving the 'Rising Star of the Match' award

    Sangita Kumari receiving the ‘Rising Star of the Match’ award

  • 2023: ‘Player of the Match’ at the 3rd Hockey Indian Senior Women Inter-Department National Championship
    Sangita Kumari with her 'Player of the Match' award (2023)

    Sangita Kumari with her ‘Player of the Match’ award (2023)

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Facts/Trivia

  • Sangita started playing hockey when she was in 2nd standard. her school had a rule that only those who bring a hockey stick can study in the school.
  • As Sangita belonged to a poor household, she didn’t have the finances so her father made her a hockey stick himself from a bamboo log.
  • Her mother was against her decision to play hockey as she wanted Sangita to learn household chores whereas, Sangita’s father was always supportive of her journey.
  • At the age of 11, Sangita Kumari joined the Astro Turf Hockey Stadium in Simdega and started living in their hostel and began her hockey journey.
  • In 2018, Sangita suffered from a major injury due to which she had to undergo an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery on her right leg. Sangita went out of action for a year and returned to the field in 2019.
  • In 2021, Sangita was offered a class third employee job in the Indian Railways as she also became part of the Railway Sports Promotion Board’s hockey team. On that occasion, Sangita bought dhotis for the elderly in her village and gifted hockey sticks and balls to the kids.
    Sangita Kumari distributing dhotis in her native village

    Sangita Kumari distributing dhotis in her native village

  • Sangita was the first person in her village to get a government job.
  • When she received her first salary as an Indian Railways employee, Sangita gifted hockey balls to the children living in her village.
  • One day, Sangita’s school headmaster organised the screening of an international hockey match on TV. Sangita immediately started learning the skills and moves. After seeing the match, she felt like she could also play for India one day and that’s when she decided to pursue it as a career option.
  • The very first hockey stick that Sangita earned was when she was named the best player during a school competition.
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