What does the word “women” brings to your mind? A mother, a wife serving you 24/7, catering to all your orders which you make sitting on your couch? Well, wake up world, you need a reality check then. Gone are those days when women will serve for the sake of fake promises and protection that the world makes to her. Women are not just confined to the “four walls”, they know how to break it and make a strong, I mean, a real strong impact on the world. Where? Just name it- academics, politics, banking, show biz or be it SPORTS.
Yes, you just read it right. Girls don’t outshine Boys only in Board examinations displaying their cognitive excellence but also in sports.
Sports is no more gender biased. They are no more only for men. It is not just about MS Dhoni or Virat Kholi, Abhinav Bindra or Vijendra Singh, Sushil Kumar or Sunil Chetri. You have equal good counterparts in the name of Mithali Raj, P T Usha, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, Dipika Pallikal, Krishna Poonia and many more. So, women are beyond the stereotypical gender roles attributed to them. Their physical strength and mental determination has surpassed all boundaries and shut the mouth of all “Chauvinists” and “patriarch oriented” society who claim to worship women on one hand but deny all access to their freedom and achievement on the other.
The list of achievements of women in Indian sports is definitely worth having a look at.
- Anita Bobby George was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.
- Anita Sood was conferred with Arjuna Award for swimming.
- Deepika Kumari was felicitated for Archery with Arjuna Award.
- Geetika Jhakar was given Arjuna Award for wrestling.
- M C Mary Kom for women’s boxing was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.
- Saina Nehwal was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award for achieving excellence in the field of Badminton.
The list is endless. But how many of us really know about their achievements and how and in what way did they bring pride to our country? Not very many I think. Thanks to all the exposure that the world of women sports have been open to. Their achievement is as under rated as is their struggle. From getting consent of their family members to finding the right coach, making way to the state level and national level sports and waving the country’s flag with pride internationally is unthinkably full of obstacles. But, our ladies have done it despite all.
Women sports are not given as much exposure and publicity as that of what men receive. Starting from aids, finance, sports gear, training, playground etc. men are privileged with the advantages over women. Moreover, sportsmen make money and become millionaires, gain popularity and fame not only through their performances on field but also from the advertisements that they are offered. However, not many sportswomen get such fame. Some even take up sports only later to get a job in railways or any other government post under sports quota. That too, however, does not come easy.
But, the world is not only mean. Impact of women in Indian sports has been immense. It is definitely moving forward to uplift women sports be it help from government or some celebrity or other sports person or just the family. For example, M C Mary Kom attributes her success not only to her coach but also to her better-half who kept his career aside only to help her hone her skills and establish herself. The results are clear. She has been five-times World Amatuer Boxing Champion. The challenges that women face in the professional front is surely not easy to deal with but with right people around, women are motivated to move up despite all hard work and strength.
Women have proved that they are strong, wilful, independent, intelligent, beautiful and path-breakers.
“Don’t underestimate the power of a common ‘woman’”.