As the country celebrates National Sports Day, it is important to pay tribute to the women who have made India proud
While the world is still fighting for equal rights for women, these sportswomen in India are breaking all barriers. On National Sports Day, we celebrate the spirit of sports in India. This is, in fact, also the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand (29 August). But thanks to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today is also penned down in the pages of history as the inauguration of Fit India Movement.
Fit India movement is focused on encouraging people to include sports and physical activities in day to day lives
Modi appealed to every Indian to remain healthy as he launched the movement. The event took place at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi at 10 am. And indeed it had a lesson in it for all of us. In fact, with the dangerously rising levels of unhealthy lifestyles, this movement might just turn out to be a torchbearer. #FitIndiaMovement
Super Women of India
So, as India celebrates National Sports Day, let’s dive in and have a glimpse of these sportswomen in India who are leaving no stone unturned.
From setting new records, to winning the highest honours globally, these athletes are unanimously making India proud
Let’s start the list of Sportswomen in India with Dutee Chand. The 23-year-old athlete is a professional sprinter. Did you know? She is the third Indian woman who qualified for the Summer Olympics’ Women’s 100 metres event. Dutee recently made headlines when she came out with pride.
This ever-rising Indian badminton star’s full name is Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. The 24-year-old athlete did the country proud when she recently clenched the gold medal at 2019 World Championships. With this, Sindhu set a new milestone for Sportswomen in India as she became the first ever Indian to become a world champion in badminton.
While we see our problems, Manasi Joshi chose to win the world with them. In 2011, months after she graduated, Manasi met with a road accident and lost her left leg. But this did not stop her from glory. She worked hard and joined the league of Sportswomen in India. This para badminton star recently made India proud as she bagged a gold when she won against experienced opponent, Parul Parmer, in the women’s singles final. She proves to be one of the strongest Sportswomen in India.
Mary Kom became a household name especially after a Bollywood movie showcased her life story and struggles. This Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur is proudly the only woman to bag the World Amateur Boxing champion title for a record of six times. Moreover, she is also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships! Phew.
So it did not come as a surprise when she was honoured with best female athlete at Tuesday’s ‘Awards for Asia.’
At just 19-year-old, Hima Das is breaking records to join the league of Sportswomen in India. This Indian sprint runner hails from Assam. Currently, she holds the national record in 400 metres (clocked in 50.79s at 2018 Asian Games). More recently, this ace sprinter made India proud when she clenched five gold medals in a span of just three weeks!
Cricket in India is a religion itself. But since a few years ago, this field was ruled mostly by men. Smriti Mandhana is one of the women cricketers who is taking in the limelight and setting the perfect example of women empowerment. The BCCI aptly named her as Best Women’s International Cricketer in 2018. In fact, the mesmerising Indian opener became the first woman to bag two ICC awards! Kudos to her!
Hats off to these Sportswomen in India who are taking the country to unmeasured heights. Moreover, they breaking global stereotypes.