“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
Right from the dawn of civilization, men has been trying to take control of things, lead their families while women were considered to stay within boundaries and take care of household chores.
Nevertheless! Gone are the days when women only remained confined within the threshold of their homes.
Though the society still holds its own egocentric Male Genital morals and considers “Womanism” taboo, yet every era has witnessed the emergence of women power in diverse forms; and certain set of women have shredded those unsubstantiated anathemas through their audacious effort.
“SPORTS” is considered to be one such field that’s entirely dominated by men and creating a mark here- by a woman and that too in a country like ours-that “breathes, eats, sleeps and talks” cricket! Sounds too intractable right? Or rather harrowing I suppose.
I suggest – get your thinking quotient checked once again. Beware! These INDIAN women will definitely sweep you off your feet and leave you awestruck.
[There’s an infinite list of names to be mentioned, however I have picked the list of names I admire the most]
1) ANJU BOBY GEORGE (Athlete): Her claim to fame was the “Bronze Medal” she won in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Paris-making her the first ever Indian athlete to do so in the mentioned field. She has done exceptionally well by winning innumerable Medals at several National and International Sports meet.
For her dynamic work she has been honored with the “Arjuna Award”, “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna” and “Padma Shri”.
2) BACHENDRI PAL (Mountaineer): In the year 1984, she scaled the heights of the Highest Peak in the world-Mount Everest-and became the first ever Indian Woman to claim this feat. The desire for mountaineering was enthralled in her inquisitive mind right from her school days in Uttarkashi [now Uttarakhand].
Coming from a moderate Indian family and born in the era where women were suppressed and discouraged to follow their dreams; she’s a role model to all the women of our country. She continues to be an active socialite and mountaineering guide till date.
Her achievements include the “Padma Shri” and “Arjuna Award” along with countless other State and National Awards.
She is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records (1990).
3) P. T. USHA (“Track & Field” Athlete): She earned the name “Payyoli Express” because of her mastery in the tracks.
A journey that started with a National Record at the state athletic meets at Kottayam (Kerela,1997) kept ablaze and fueled her spirits furthermore-made her the first Indian Woman to reach the finals of an Olympic Event(1984). Though she did not succeed in bagging a Medal, she definitely sparked the hopes of thousands other propitious dreamers.
She has won several Gold and Silver Medals at the Asian Games and done us proud.
“Arjuna Award”, “Padma Shri”, “Best Athlete in Asia Award” is to name a few of the honors in the stack of achievements she has accomplished in her career.
She has a record Thirty (30) International awards under her kitty for excellence in Athletics.
4) MARY KOM (Boxer): She belongs to the North-Eastern state of Manipur .This efficacious woman -a blessed mother of three, took the nation by surprise when she successfully bagged the “Bronze Medal” in Boxing at the 2012 London Olympics.
She has won gold, silver and bronze medals aplenty in various National and International championships as well and has been ranked no.4 in the world byAIBA world Women’s Ranking Flyweight Category.
She is a true inspiration to thousands of women worldwide. She has won numerous accolades for her achievements in sports and the list includes:
“Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award” and it goes on and on.
Her choice of sports amuses me and I truly respect her guts. For me she is a True Fighter.
5) KONERU HUMPY (Chess Grandmaster): The name might be sounding a bit unfamiliar to many. Just have a peek at her accomplishments and all your doubts will vanish.
At the age of 26 currently, Humpy is already a “Grandmaster” and stands at World No.3 in Women’s Chess [Her career best being No.2 in the year 2010].
She became the Record Holder of being the Youngest Women Grandmaster at the age of 15 years (currently surpassed by Chinese Grandmaster Hou Yifan).
When everyone else is lost and engulfed in other fields of attractions, Koneru chose the field of Chess and has definitely outshone herself in it.
Her career achievement boasts of awards like “Arjuna Award”, “Padma Shri” and many more.
6) SANIA MIRZA (Tennis Player): Who doesn’t know her? Who hasn’t heard about this name- that changed the entire propaganda of a Nation and its perspective view on sports (Women-Tennis)?
She already had won the Wimbledon Girls’ Doubles (2003) with her Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova and yet it was just the beginning of a promising career that lay ahead.
She achieved a career high ranking of being 27th in the world in Women’s Singles [highest ever from a female player in INDIA].
Though her single’s career has not fetched her any major Grand Slam title, yet Sania has kissed success by winning major doubles title at the 2009 Australian open and became the the 3rd INDIAN to win a Grand Slam after Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes. She also claimed the 2012 French Open mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupati.
Her career best appearance was reaching the 4th round of the US Open Grand Slam in the year 2005 where she lost to the world no.1 Maria Sharapova from Russia.
Her achievements have earned her “Arjuna Award”, “WTA new comer of theYear” and “Padma Shri” including various other National and International titles.
Sania has inspired thousands of aspirants towards the game of Tennis.
7) SAINA NEHWAL (Badminton Player): Saina Nehwal is the promising Indian badminton player and the only one to win a Medal (Bronze) at the Olympics (London Olympics, 2012).
Apart from this, she is also the first INDIAN to win the world Junior Badminton Championship (2008, Pune) and Super Series Torunament (Indonesia Open, 2009).
Her feat also involves “Gold” in the Commonwealth Games, Delhi (2010).
Born in Haryana and bought up at Hyderabad, she became the Under-19 National Champion by winning theAsian Satellite Badminton Tournament twice and created history by being the first ever player to do so.
She is currently ranked at no.7 in Women’s Singles in the world but her career best ranking of no.2 (2010) is the best she has achieved so far.
She has numerous International and National titles under her belt and she is still going strong.
She has been felicitated with the “Arjuna Award”, “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna” and “Padma Shri” for her endeavors.
These sports women stand par excellence in this horrendous, male dominated, competitive world and make us proud to be who we are-“INDIANS”.
I really love what Oprah Winfrey has said (it applies to all):
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you always.”
So, keep your spirits high for there lives an ACHIEVER in everyone of us.