|Other name||Vandana Kataria|
|Profession||Field Hockey Player|
|Famous for||scoring five goals for team India at the 2013 Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup; India won a bronze medal in the championship|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Glasgow 2014 Height||in centimeters- 159 cm
in meters- 1.59 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 2”
|Glasgow 2014 Weight||in kilograms- 51 kg
in pounds- 112 lbs
|Junior International Debut||Year 2006|
|Junior International Debut||Year 2010|
|Medal(s)||• Bronze at Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach in 2013 (Team)
• Bronze at Asian Games in Incheon in 2014 (Team)
• Gold at Asia Cup in Gifu in 2014 (Team)
• Silver at Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018 (Team)
|Date of Birth||15 April 1992 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||29 Years|
|Birthplace||Roshnabad, Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh (now, Uttarakhand, India)|
|Hometown||Roshnabad, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India|
|Caste||Dalit Hindustan Times|
|Tattoo||She has got a tattoo inked on her right hand.
|Controversy||In August 2021, two upper-caste men named Vijaypal and Sumit Chauhan made abusive remarks at Vandana’s family at Katariya house in Roshnabad after women's Indian hockey team lost to Argentina in the semifinals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The men said that the women's hockey team lost the match as it had too many Dalit players. A complaint was filed by Vandana's brother after the incident and a case was registered against the two accused under relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code at a local police station. Hindustan Times
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Nahar Singh (worked as a master technician in BHEL, Haridwar; he once used to be a wrestler)
Mother- Name Not Known
|Siblings||Brother- Chandrashekhar Kataria|
|Hockey Player(s)||Mohammed Shahid, Luciana Aymar|
|Food||Burger, Home-cooked food|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vandana Katariya
- Vandana Katariya is an Indian field hockey player.
- She grew up in a middle-class family in Roshnabad, Haridwar.
- Katariya was good at sports since childhood and always wanted to make a career in it.
- While she was a kid, Vandana used to practise hockey moves using tree branches far away from her home in order to hide it from her elders who disapproved her of playing hockey.
- Her father, who was once a wrestler, always motivated Vandana to pursue the game (hockey).
- Vandana began her junior international hockey career in 2006 and she played her first international match for team India at senior level in 2010.
- Vandana was a part of the Indian women’s hockey team at the 2013 Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany. She was India’s top scorer in the championship (scored 5 goals in 4 games) and team India won a bronze medal.
- In 2014, while she was playing against Canada during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Katariya won her 100th cap.
- In round 2 of the 2015 FIH Hockey World League, Vandana scored 11 goals and became the top scorer of the tournament. She also helped her team win the tournament.
- In 2016, Vandana became the skipper of the Indian women’s hockey team for the Test Series against Australia and led the Indian women’s hockey team in Melbourne.
- In 2016, Vandana qualified for the Rio Olympics and became a part of the Indian women’s hockey team.
- In 2018, she was made the player of the tournament at the Asian Champion Trophy (hockey) and India won a silver medal.
- In the same year, she qualified for the Hockey World Cup.
- In 2020, Vandana qualified for the Tokyo Olympics; becoming the first Indian woman to score an Olympic hat-trick in hockey. The Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Vandana’s father passed away just three months prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She couldn’t visit her home on her father’s demise as she was on the training period for the Tokyo Olympics.
- In her leisure time, she loves to spend time with her family.
- During an interview, while sharing the favourite moment from her hockey career, Vandana said,
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.”
- In 2014, Katariya was conferred with Hockey India’s Player of the Year Award.
- During an interview, while praising Vandana, the Indian women’s hockey team’s stop-gap coach Roelant Oltmans said,
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.”
- Katariya has represented the women’s senior Indian national hockey team in more than 200 international hockey matches (as of 2021).