It was always difficult for Indian female athletes to get past societal stereotypes. Only in 1952 did female athletes from India receive international recognition. Nilima, together with Mary D’Souza 1952, was the first Indian woman who qualified and competed in the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics. There are no longer days when a woman was just expected to be the backbone of her household. Today, she is much more than just that.
Suheil Tandon, founder and CEO of Pro Sports Development (PSD), said “Sport is an effective tool for empowerment.” Female representation within the sports industry can help break down stereotypes. Despite the difficulties, many female athletes have made India proud with their incredible talent. Let us now take a look at India’s top 5 sportswomen.
Top 5 Sportswomen in the World Right now
Women are making a name for themselves in every sector and industry. They play an integral part in society’s empowerment, be it through social services, entrepreneurship, and sports. Women in the country have many hats.
They are beautiful and full of sports spirit. Indian women have been a part of some of the best sporting events and the finest gameplay. Here is the list of the Top 5 Sportswomen in the World Right now.
5. Tania Sachdeva
Tania Sachdeva (Women’s Chess) is a well-known figure. She holds the titles of International Master (and Woman Grandmaster) Since 2008. Tania Sachdeva has been a member of India’s national team at the Women’s Chess Olympiads. She also participated in the Women’s World Team Chess Championship 2009/2011 and the Women’s Asian Team Chess Championship 2009/2009.
4. Mary Kom
Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is also one of only seven female boxers to win medals in the first seven World Championships. Kom was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member, the highest house of the Indian parliament, and also for her impressive career as an Amateur Boxer.
3. Sakshi Malik
India’s first female wrestling champion, Sakshi Malik won a gold medal at the Olympics in 2016. Malik’s debut success in professional wrestling in the international arena was in 2010 at The Junior World Championship followed by the 2014 Dave Schultz International Tournament.
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2. Sania Mirza
Sania is an ex-World No. India’s former No. 1 tennis doubles players. She was a match-winner for India. She has won 6 Grand Slams so far and is among the highest-paid Olympic athletes. Sania Mirza is ranked 27 in the world as a female singles champion in 2007.
1. P V Sindhu
P V Sindhu 2 in 2017. At just 21 years of age, she was the first woman to win a medal at the Summer Olympics. She was also the Indian Badminton World Champion. She has received many high-ranking honors such as Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Arjuna Award.
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