Born in a village called Mokhra, near Rohtak, in Haryana, where the child sex ratio is 800, much lower than Haryana’s average of 834, Sakshi and her family had to fight against all odds. She took up wrestling when she was just 11-years-old.
Coach Ishwar Singh Dahiya still remembers the day when a young Sakshi accompanied her mother to the Sir Chotu Ram Stadium Wrestling Academy in Rohtak. She had to train with the boys and fight them in the akhara, in a region where the sport was ‘not for girls’.
“She has given befitting reply to people who say that women cannot be wrestlers,” her mother said. “Meri 12 saal ki tapasya safal hui (My 12 years’ of hard work have borne fruit),” a beaming Sakshi told the flashing cameras right after her win at the Olympics. Sakshi earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 following the first period in the do-or-die bout. The Indian turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying seconds of the bout as Tynybekova was in complete command inmost part of the clash.
“Aakhir tak dimag mein tha medal tera hai (till the last moment, my heart said the medal was mine),” she said.
De-briefing of this Story
She broke the society’s mindset permanently which use to say – “Wrestling is not a sport for girls.” Her story is an inspiration for not only girls but also for boys. Let us always motivate all the girls in sports – not only when they are winning but also when they are losing. So that they will be motivated to do better in future and we will have more Olympic medals.
This Story can be used to share the importance of
1- Hard Work
2- Treating Women Equally
From the Website – Huffington Post