Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza regards sport as the ‘best education’ after Neeraj Chopra’s Asian Games win. Neeraj Chopra not only won a gold medal in the Javelin throw at the ongoing games in Jakarta, he also won hearts with his friendly gesture towards Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who won a bronze in the same event on August 27. As we know Sania Mirza, she’s a strong player, with an even stronger mind. Her tweets are all about befitting replies to trolls or encouraging messages for fellow sports people.
Her husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza tied the knot on April 10, 2010, in Hyderabad under Islamic laws. Today after 8 years, they are expecting their first child and Sania Mirza’s maternity glow is visible to all:
She’s fully embracing her first pregnancy and Sania even featured on the cover of South India’s leading women’s magazine, JFW (Just for Women) recently.
On August 15, a user asked the tennis player if she’s celebrating “her” independence day on August 14 (Pakistan’s Independence day) instead:
Happy Independence @MirzaSania Aapka Independence Day Aaj Hai Na
— . (@imsamkhiladi) August 14, 2018
Being the true India, Sania gave this befitting reply, shutting down the troller instantly:
Jee nahi.. mera aur mere country ka Independence Day kal hai, aur mere husband aur unnki country ka aaj!! Hope your confusion is cleared !!Waise aapka kab hai?? Since you seem very confused .. https://t.co/JAmyorH0dV
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 14, 2018
On a personal front, Sania is currently in the last stages of her first pregnancy, and keeps her fans posted through regular Instagram updates!
As of the Asian Games 2018, she was part of it 6 years ago where she won 8 medals for her country. She posted this nostalgic message:
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It was 2002 when I was selected to play for the Asian Games for the very first time.. it will be the first time since then that I will not be competing at an Asian Games representing my country! With the Games starting tomm I have to say I am a little sad and feeling nostalgic but I saw these pictures of all the 8 medals I’ve been fortunate to win and the sadness went away instantly 😀as I am at home for probably the biggest ‘MATCH’ of my life and unable to be there with you guys, here’s wishing all the athletes and specially the tennis team all the very best for the games from tomm!! Bring it home guys!! 💪🏽
And now, ‘star of the moment’ Neeraj Chopra, who shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m in the javelin throw has caught Sania’s attention.
Neeraj Chopra’s Asian Games win bought India’s its second medal but it was his gesture at the medal ceremony with touched Sania’s heart.
Neeraj Chopra’s Asian Games win was overshadowed with his friendly attitude towards his Pakistani opponent, bronze medalist, Arshad Nadeem.
Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (with a personal best of 80.75m) congratulated India’s gold medalist Neeraj on the podium, but the winner was very warm towards his component. Have a look:
Surprisingly, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem has always had high praises for Neeraj. In a recent interview, he said, “His achievements inspire me and my goal is to emulate him one day, may beat him too.”
Neeraj Chopra’s Asian Games win has made India proud but Arshad wants to learn from his Indian counterpart more in the future. He says,
“Neeraj has a great technique and I am sure he has got full support from the government. I have never trained overseas and that makes a huge difference.”
With all this friendly gesture between two strained countries, Sania Mirza posted a very powerful message on Twitter. She feels Nadeem and Arshad set an example of ‘best education for children’. Have a look:
Why I always say SPORT is the best ‘education’you can provide your child with! Teaches you sportsmanship,equality ,respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too!! Well done to @Neeraj_chopra1 on the 🥇for 🇮🇳 👏🏽 https://t.co/YhyaRfbI9u
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 28, 2018
This isn’t the first time the sports star has raised an important issue. When she was ridiculed for not having a brother by haters, she said,
“Do you not have any brother?” and when I answer “No”, they say “oh” (arey). And I am like, that’s fine, it’s absolutely okay because we never felt that need.”
Sania has also openly requested her fans not to pray for a boy for her! Don’t believe it? Check out this video:
Meanwhile, Sania also congratulated badminton champions PV Sindhu (silver) and Sania Nehwal (bronze) who bought historical medals at the Asian Games:
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 28, 2018