Women in India are making their mark in the world of sports. In the past few decades, great strides have been made with regard to women participation in sports in India. No doubt then that the current generation of young women have a much higher chance of developing an interest in sport.
Here in this post we’ll talk about some very promising women athletes who are giving their heart, mind and soul to achieve their dreams. Take a look:
#1 Dutee Chand
India’s leading sprinter, Dutee Chand, has now set her eyes on 2020 Tokyo Olympics. For this she has made several important changes in her training regime, and is now primarily focusing on her technique. She is currently getting training at the Pullela Gopichand academy in Hyderabad. The Odisha athlete won two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018 with second place finishes in the women’s 100m and 200m finals. The 100m medal was India’s first in the event in 20 years while the 200m silver was the first after 16 years in the event.
#2 Hima Das
Hima Das, nicknamed the Dhing Express, is an Indian sprint runner from Assam. Hima Das bagged a silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta. The 400m runner followed that up by winning the Under-20 World Championship. She is also a promising hope for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
#3 Kavita Devi
Kavita Devi became the first Indian woman to sign up for the WWE last year. The 32-year-old hails from Haryana and had to face many challenges before taking up this profession. She took training from ‘The Great Khali’ at his academy in Punjab. She scripted history when she became the first Indian women to step into the WWE ring in her debut at the inaugural Mae Young Classic. Her rise to the top has also been an inspiration for women across the country.
#4 Heena Sidhu
The Mumbai-based shooter created history on April 7, 2014, when she became the first-ever Indian pistol shooter to be ranked No. 1 in the International Shooting Sports Federation world rankings. She has won gold (the first ever to do so) in an ISSF World Cup finals after winning the 10-meter air pistol event. She is holding the world record in the 10-meter air pistol event with a score of 203.8. Sidhu is coached by her husband, Ronak Pandit.
#5 Manika Batra
She is one of the top-ranked table tennis players from India. She hails from Delhi and was only eight when she won the under-8 state-level tournament. In 2015, she grabbed three medals at the Commonwealth Table tennis Championships. At the 2016 South Asian Games, she won a gold each in the women’s doubles, mixed doubles and women’s team event each. In 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia, she led the Indian women’s team to a historic win against Singapore. She won a bronze in the mixed doubles category with Achanta Sharath Kamal at the Asian Games 2018.
No doubt that these women are not only making India proud at world stage they are also encouraging other girls to break the gender stereotypes by taking up sports profession.