A look at the women achievers who will be awarded on National Sports Day
Commemorating the birth of the legendary Dhyan Chand who was known as ‘The Wizard’ in the world of hockey for his outstanding ball-control, hockey-skills and bringing three gold medals for India during 1928, 1932, 1936 Olympics, every year on August 29th the Government of India decides to celebrate this day as country’s National Sports Day. Today the President of India bestows awards to those who have done exceptionally well in the field of sports with awards like Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. We feel proud to be part of a country where not only men but women as well are doing wonders in their respective fields and bringing laurels in the name of their country.
A list of women awardees who will be honored today is given below:
Oinam Bembem Devi: The player from Manipur is the second woman footballer to receive the Arjuna Award. Bembem made her international debut at the age of 15 and captained the Indian team from 2003 to 2013. She was member of the team that won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games.
Harmanpreet Kaur: The all-rounder from Punjab played her first women’s ODI in 2009 against Pakistan. Harmanpreet became first Indian to play in the Big Bash League, signing for Sydney Thunder in the 2016-17 season, while her unbeaten 171 helped India advance to the final of ICC Women’s World Cup in July.
Prashanti Singh: The backbone of the women’s national team since her debut in 2002, the player from Uttar Pradesh represented India at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.
Jyothi Surekha Vennam: The archer from Andhra Pradesh won individual gold and team silver in the compound event at the 2013 World Youth Championship. The former swimmer-turned archer won an individual gold in the 2015 Asian Championship.
Khushbir Kaur: The Punjab athlete made a splash in 2012, winning bronze in 10km race walk event at Asian junior championships. She even won a silver at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.