Viren Rasquinha

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Viren Rasquinha
Personal information
Full name Viren Wilfred Rasquinha
Born (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 39)
Maharashtra, India
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Halfback
Youth career
Bombay Republicans
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Air India
Maratha Warriors
Indian Oil
HTC Stuttgarter Kickers
2012 - present Mumbai Marines
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 - 2008 India 180

Viren Wilfred Rasquinha (born 13 September 1980) is the former captain of India's national field hockey team. He studied at the St. Stanislaus High School,[1] and was a member of the Indian team that finished seventh at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He quit international hockey to pursue management studies at the age of 28. After completion of his MBA, he joined Olympic Gold Quest in 2009 and is the CEO.[2]


Rasquinha made his international senior debut as a midfielder in May 2002, at a Four Nation Tournament in Adelaide. Viren Rasquinha even went on to lead India in some matches in the bilateral series against Pakistan in the absence of an injured Dilip Tirkey. He was also captain of Premier Hockey League team Maratha Warriors. Viren announced his retirement from hockey on 15 January 2008 to pursue management studies at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. On his retirement from international hockey at a young of 28, he said, "Retirement is a very personal thing,” he says. “For me, it was difficult but I always wanted to retire at the peak of my game. People ask me till today why I retired early and remember me fondly, with respect. That is all I can ask for."[3]

Personal Information Educational Qualification Hockey Career Information
Full Name: Viren Wilfred Rasquinha School: S.S.C – St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra, Mumbai Debut: 1999, Junior Indian Hockey Team
2002, Senior Indian Hockey Team
Born: 13 September 1980 Graduation: B.Com – MMK College, Bandra, Mumbai Position: Mid – Fielder, Half Back
Place: Bandra, Mumbai Post Graduation: MBA – Marketing, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad Coaches: C R Kumar, Joaquim Carvalho, Clarence Lobo,
Marcellus Gomes, Rajinder Singh
Height: 1.72m / 5.8" Work Experience: 6 years Career Span: 1999 – 2006
Father's Name: Eric Rasquinha Profile: Grade A officer – H.R. Department Best Year: 2003
Mother's Name: Merlyn Rasquinha Previous Companies: Indian Oil Corporation Teams: India, Maratha Warriors (Maharashtra),
Air India, Indian Oil, Stuttgart Kickers (Germany)
International Matches: 180 internationals
13th rank holder in the SSC Board, Mumbai
A first class student throughout his college
Youngest ever player to join India’s international league
Played for Tata Sports, Air India and Indian Oil Corporation
Was part of the team that won the Junior World Cup at Hobart, Australia
Silver Medal in Busan Asian Games 2002
Gold Medal Asia Cup 2003 at Kuala Lumpur
Gold Medal 1st Afro Asian Games 2003
Was part of the team that participated in the Athens Olympic Games
Shiv Chatrapati Award -Govt of Maharashtra 2004
Arjuna Award confirred-2005 Best Sportsman of the Year in Hockey


  • 2005, Arjuna Awards – National level
  • 2004, Shiv Chatrapati Award – State level (Govt. of Maharashtra)



  1. ^ "Viren Rasquinha Interview". Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  2. ^ "OLympic Gold Quest Management Team".
  3. ^ "Viren Rasquinha on his retirement at 28". The Hindu. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013.


  1. Official MoneyControl website Interview
  2. Official ISB website Interview
  3. Rediff website Interview

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