Saturday, 22 October 2016

Role of Sports in Women Empowerment

By,
Karishma


Social disgraces often cause disappointment in women from viewing themselves as physically powerful, skilled and self-governing individuals. In recent years, sports has risen as a mechanism to help women work against these opinions. With the increasing participation of women in sports nationally and globally, sports is being seen as a means of enthusiasm for women. Their participation in sporting activities enables them to live a life of respectability.

Call them the women beacons of hope, these strong sports contenders are capable enough in turning the heads back. Female athletes like Ashwini Nachappa and PT Usha have really resurged athletics in India.

Recent sportswomen like Mary Kom in Boxing, Sania Mirza in Tennis and Saina Nehwal in Badminton are the few Indian women who never gave up on their aspiration despite of coming from weak backgrounds. This enthusiasm has helped women in dealing with crisis and critical situations and manage situation on their own without the compulsory male support.

Indian Women in Rio Olympics 2016: Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and P V Sindhu,
The 2016 Summer Olympics ended in August 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, witnessed more than 10000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees. A total of 117 athletes participated from India. India won a total of two medals, one silver and one bronze; both the medals bagged by women in their respective games.

Wrestler Sakshi Malik secured a bronze in the 58 kg category to become India's first female wrestler to achieve an Olympic medal. On the other hand, Badminton player P V Sindhu bagged historic silver medal in women’s singles badminton event. With this, she became the first Indian woman to grapple a silver medal in Olympics.

Not to forget, India was able to qualify one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition for the first time since 1964. Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian female ever to won an Olympic spot in the apparatus events and all-around event at the Olympic Test Event. Unfortunately, she failed in the bronze medal, finishing 4th in the finals of the event with a score of 15.066.

Moreover, Indian long distance runner Lalita Babar scored a time of 9:19.76 in her heat, qualifying to the final. With this, she became the first Indian in 32 years to enter a final in any track event. At the final, she finished 10th with a time of 9:22.74.

Knowing the fact that these all sportswomen belonged from families with low income, still they managed to gather all their confidence and achieve what they aspire to be. This enthusiasm of women by encouraging them to participate in sports has opened up many new and exciting approach for them in the world of sports.