Savita Punia was born on 11 July 1990 in Jodhkan village of Sirsa district in Haryana

She was sent to the district headquarters for better schooling 

She was encouraged by her grandfather Mahinder Singh to take up hockey and joined the Sports Authority of India

In 2007, Punia was picked for a maiden national camp in Lucknow 

She made her senior international debut in the year 2011 

She has featured in more than 100 games at the international level 

She helped the team qualify for the Rio Olympics after 36 years 

Savita Punia is also known as "Great Wall of India" because of her outstanding performance in 2020 Summer Olympics