Sports now-a-days is one of the most important social, cultural and economic aspects of any nation, India included. In India, the major sports like cricket and football are celebrated massively. The uneven commercialization of sports has affected the oppularity such that even though there happens to be around 46 kind of sports in India, but a self-procclaimed sports fan will be able to name only a few. But why are we discussing these things? And how is Arunima Singh related? Let’s have a look.
Volleyball is a very famous sport around the globe, but in India, it is yet to find its fan base. Arunima Sinha is one of those national level volley players who made the nation proud with their performances. But it is just the start to the story.
In the year 2011, she was going for an examination of CISF. She boarded the Padmavat Express from Lucknow to Delhi; after sometime, thieves entered the coach she was in. They tried to snatch what she had, she tried to stop them and in order got thrown out of the moving train.
” I could not move. I remember seeing a train coming towards me. I tried getting up. By then, the train had run over my leg. I don’t remember anything after that.”
One of her legs was completely crushed from beneath the knee by a train coming from the other side and had to be amputed. She became a frequent visitor of hospitals for check up than games. Eventually, she had to cease playing.
She had been compensated with money by many, even a job by CISF. But there was this sports person inside her which survived and could not be killed anyway.
Yuvraj Singh and his successful fight inspired her to rise, to do something beyond so called abilities. Mountaineering excited her and she joined it, having successfully completed the basics from Nehru Institutte of Mountaineering. She met Bachendri Pal, first Indian woman to climb the highest peak- Mount Everest via phone and had herself enrolled to conquer the top of the world.
It was 21st may, 2013. The day that became a history as Arunima stepped on to mt. Everest summit, becoming the first women amputee to do so.
She wrote a message on a cloth and pressed it into the ice.
“It was my tribute to Shankar bhagwan, and Swami Vivekananda who has been an inspiration throughout my life.”
The lady went on to win the Padma Shri award this year and is looking forward to make a free sports academy for the needy and those who are differently abled.
She has written a book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014.
Thought you know all about Indian sports, did you?