Mumtaz Khan is a Nighteen-year-old Hockey player. And the daughter of a vegetable vendor who shined in the world cup tournament. She scored a goal in the quarterfinal match that was held on April 8. Her goal helped India in defeating Korea and marching into the semi-finals. She scored six goals and emerged as the third-highest goal-scorer.
She was playing the match at a university ground in Potchefstroom in South Africa. While her mother, Qaiser Jahan was selling vegetables in a cart in Lucknow. And her father was at the mosque.
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Defeating The Odds
As Mumtaz’s mother had six daughters, she used to face a lot of abuse for not bearing a male child. At last, she gave birth to a son in 2010. But it is her daughter Mumtaz who brought recognition to her family. And gave a befitting reply to patriarchal society. They earned a meager income of Rs. 300 per day. Despite this Mumtaz’s father Hafiz helped her in realizing her dream.
When did Mumtaz start playing Hockey?
In 2013 she traveled with her school athletics team for a competition in Agra. That’s when a coach suggested she try hockey. She then started taking interest in the game. In 2017, she joined the junior national hockey team. The next year, she won a silver medal at the Youth Olympics.
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