It is sad but true that India has never been too eager to recognize its daughters as sports personalities. However, the recent times has seen a change in attitude towards this stereotype mentality. We have seen more participation from women in sport and the country has also evolved to nourish and greet them to some extent.
The Indian daughters marched forward to save the pride of our motherland in 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Here are few high achieving Indian daughters who made it big in the world sports field.
- Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player from India. The former world no. 1 made her country proud by maintaining her world ranking in the top ten since 2009. The 26YO has won over twenty international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the world no. 2 ranking in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking. Nehwal is the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to bag this achievement.
- Mary Kom
Better known as Mary Kom, Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte is an Olympic Indian boxer hailing from the Kom-Kuki tribe in Manipur. Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Apart from all her achievements in sports, she was also nominated by the Indian President as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, India.
- Sania Mirza
This Indian professional tennis player formerly ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings. Mirza was ranked India’s No. 1 player by the Women’s Tennis Association right from the year 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013. In her singles career Mirza has emerged triumphant over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli; as well as former world Number 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina and Victoria Azarenka. She was named in Time magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- Mithali Raj
Born on 3 December 1982, Mithali Dorai Raj is the former captain of Indian Women’s cricket team. She is the only women cricketer to cross the 5000 run mark and is the second highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket.
- PV Sindhu
By winning a silver medal in badminton medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, this India’s daughter became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal.
- Geeta Phogat
This freestyle woman wrestler was the first to win India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, in the year 2010. Geeta Phogat is the first ever Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the Olympic Summer Games.
- Deepika Kumari
Deepika Kumari is one of the Indian athletes who compete in the event of Archery. She brought great pride to India by winning a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event. She is currently ranked World No. 5, and is a former world number one.
- Dipika Pallikal
Born on 21 September 1991, Dipika Pallikal Karthik is an Indian squash player. She is the first Indian who broke into the top 10 in the PSA Women’s rankings. Dipika rose to fame when she won three WISPA tour titles to attain a career-best ranking of 13th. She broke into the top 10 in December 2012.
- Tanya Sachdeva
This Indian chess player holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is also a chess presenter as well as a commentator.
- Sharmila Nicollet
Born on 12th March 1991, Sharmila Nicollet is a successful Indo-French professional golfer from Bangalore, India. She won her first tournament at the age of 15.
These strong and successful Indian female athletes exhibit great strength and power. Some of them have overcome great turmoil in life to achieve their success. The Indian daughters need more support and strength from the government, sponsors, and society.