Vandana Katariya

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Vandana Katariya
Personal information
Born (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 30)
Roshnabad, Uttar Pradesh
(now Uttarakhand, India)
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Railways
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– India 270 (79)

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.

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.[1]

In March 2022, Kataria was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, in recognition of her distinguished contribution in the field of sports.[2][3]

Early life

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.[4] Hailing from Roshnabad in Haridwar district, Vandana is one of the most improved players upfront 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. She is from Uttarakhand.[5][6]


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.[7] 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."[8] She won her 100th cap while playing against Canada in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.[9] "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.[10] At the Round 2 of the 2014–15 FIH Hockey World League, she finished with 11 goals top-scorer, with India winning the tournament.[11] "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.[5] 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.[12]

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.[13]

The Indian team won a silver at the Asian Champion Trophy, 2018, losing to Korea. Vandana Katariya won the player of the tournament award.[14] 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.[15][16] She was named in the 16-member squad for the World Cup.[17]

In the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Vandana became first Indian woman to score an Olympic hat-trick in hockey.[18][19] Her family was subjected to casteist slurs after India lost to Argentina in the semifinals.[20] Certain upper-caste men allegedly hurled abuses at Katariya's family saying that the team lost the Olympic semifinal as it had too many Dalit players.[21][22][23]

On August 8, 2021, she was appointed the brand ambassador of the Centre’s 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Andolan'.[24]


  1. ^ "Indian hockey team stronger with Vandana Kataria: Poonam Rani". 13 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Vandana Katariya on being conferred with the Padma Shri: I feel extremely honoured - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards 2022: Vandana Katariya Honoured With Padma Shri After Tokyo Olympics Show". News18. 26 January 2022.
  4. ^ "CM honours Jr Hockey player Vandana". Daily Excelsior. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Meet Vandana Katariya – Indian Hockey Star". 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards 2022: Vandana Katariya Honoured With Padma Shri After Tokyo Olympics Show". News18. 26 January 2022.
  7. ^ "2013 Junior World Cup – Individual Statistics" (PDF). International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Interview with Vandana Kataria: "Women's hockey needs an HIL for more exposure"". 9 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Vandana completes 100 caps at CWG". Business Standard. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Women's World Cup 2018: Battling poverty, self-doubt, striker Vandana Katariya surpasses the magic 200 mark". 8 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  11. ^ Kulkarni, Abhimanyu (16 March 2015). "Chak De: Indian eves beat Poland to clinch World Hockey League round 2". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Vandana to lead Indian eves in Test Series vs Australia". 12 November 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Meet the first Indian women's hockey Olympic qualifiers ever". 5 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Asian Champions Trophy 2018: Tournament gives us self-confidence with an eye on Asian Games gold, says Sjoerd Marijne". 20 May 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Women's hockey: Vandana Katariya hits 200-cap milestone". Business Standard. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Women's World Cup 2018: Battling poverty, self-doubt, striker Vandana Katariya surpasses the magic 200 mark". Sportskeeda. 8 July 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Women's World Cup: Rani Rampal to captain India". Sportstarlive. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  18. ^ "India women's hockey team beat South Africa 4-3 to keep quarterfinal hopes alive". SportsTiger. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  19. ^ "Vandana becomes first Indian woman to score Olympic hat-trick in hockey". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Vandana Katariya's family was reportedly subjected to casteist slurs after India lost to Argentina in Olympics". Firstpost. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  21. ^ "Caste Slur at Hockey Player Vandana Katariya's Family, 1 Arrested: Report".
  22. ^ "Youths pass casteist remarks at Indian hockey player Vandana Katariya's kin, one arrested". 5 August 2021.
  23. ^ "Hockey player Vandana Katariya's family faces casteist slurs after Olympic loss".
  24. ^ MS Nawaz (9 August 2021). "Hockey star Vandana Katariya made Uttarakhand's brand ambassador for women & child dept | Dehradun News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2021.

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