In the past few years many women have done the country proud by winning medals at the world stage. The recent example is Sania Mirza winning the women’s doubles title at Wimbledon 2015. Before her Mary Kom won a bronze medal in the London Olympics in 2012. Sania Nehwal also won a bronze medal at the Olympics in 2008. In squash Deepika Pallikal won the gold medal in doubles in Commonwealth 2014.
Saina Nehwal believes that there is a long way to go before most Indian women start taking sports as profession in India. She admits that despite Indian women’s success in sports there is lack of enthusiasm for sports education in the country.
In India, male sportspersons are given more importance but changes are happening and girls continue to perform but there is a long way to go when it comes to sports. Women are traditionally not encouraged to indulge in sports in India.
Saina Nehwal said bringing her first medal and only Olympic medal was dream come true for India. Saina Nehwal’s entey into sports was by chance, by her own admission. Saina Nehwal also said she was fortunate to have got the support of her parents to take up sports. The girls in India are being pushed to do well in studies and try to build a carrier in professions made for girls. Ashwini Ponappa/ Jwala Gutta won the tournament at US Open Grand Prix last month. In badminton in the 2nd position there is a female athlete from India.
In various sports like Wrestling, Shooting women are winning medals for the country. Sania Nehwal said that she met a lot of girls who are equally interested in sports but the lack of direction to take the interest forward. India is country with a lot of population has a lot of talented girl sportsperson but needed some guidance for a bright future in sports.