Sakshi Malik craved her place in sporting history with her marvelous journey from Rohtak to Rio

Sakshi Malik from Rohtak, Haryana brought pride to India in the form a bronze medal in Rio Olympic. Sakshi took everyone to surprise including her opponent by scoring at the last moments in women’s 58 Kg category. She pulled off 8-5 against Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in last minutes.

23 year old Sakshi’s win was dramatic, at one point of time she was losing with 0-5 to her opponent and in no time she smashed her opponent to register a much needed win for India in day 12 of Rio Olympic. With her win she has become the 4th Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal.

Sakshi’s experience in Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 where she won silver helped her winning bronze in Rio.

I wanted to become a sports person to travel in an aeroplane, I never knew what Olympics was, Sakshi told innocently. She has been supported by her family members from the age 12 when she first started to take wrestling classes.

Sakshi still remembers all those negatives things that she and her family heard from the people in their locality when she took up wrestling as her career. She was looked upon differently when she started to fight with male wrestlers; even she was subject to teasing when she wore shorts. Her parents were often being teasedwith comments like she would develop cauliflower ear like other wrestlers and no one will marry her. Years of negative comments from people in her locality did not stop Sakshi from pursuing her career in wrestling, she even proved them wrong that a female can’t wrestle and win. 

Haryana is conservative as a state in North India especially for women, women are expected to get married early and take charge of family chores. Mostly inter-cast marriages or marriages outside other religion is a vice which can result into severe punishments, even honor killing, Haryana where there is so much gender stereotype exists, it must have been difficult for Sakshi during her 12 year of hard struggle.

All her hard work and struggle paid off finally. Sakshi was inspired by Geeta  Phogat and she also gives credit to her for showing the right path. 

Before winning Bronze and Silver in Rio and Glasgow, she won Bronze medal during Asian Championships in 2015 Doha, 60 kg category and in Commonwealth Championship she won Bronze medal in 2013 Johannesburg in 63 kg category.

By : | Category : News| Sub Category : India News|Date : August 18,2016

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