Hyderabad: PV Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian sportswoman to win two medals at the Olympics. She has established herself as one of the best female athletes of modern India. Her medal win in Tokyo highlights a broader trend – that of Indian women who have excelled at international sports competitions over the past year.
Women have to face more obstacles than men to excel in sports, including family pressure and traditional Indian values that can sometimes discourage participation in sports. This success of Indian women is therefore commendable.
In this context, Hyderabad is especially proud as several of these women champions come from the twin cities. What is it about Hyderabad that so many top class women players have emerged from here?
This is due to several factors. First, good sports infrastructure was created by the government before the National Games in 2002. Second, there is the presence of top-class academics and high-quality coaches, such as Gopichand and SM Arif in badminton. Third, it is an abundance of sporting talent and a cosmopolitan culture in which a spirit of healthy competition can exist. Parents are becoming more aware of the importance of sport, and one can see that many children take sport seriously.
The proof that the culture and atmosphere of Hyderabadi can encourage sport is evident from the fact that Dutee Chand, champion sprinter from Odisha, prefers to practice in Hyderabad. She said that she feels at home in Hyderabad and that she feels comfortable among her friends in Hyderabadi. In addition, her coach Ramesh Nagapuri lives in Hyderabad.
Tennis star Sania Mirza, badminton champions Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Gutta Jwala, and the best women’s cricketer in the world, Mithali Raj, all come from Hyderabad and Secunderabad, which were recently known as twin cities. A few years back in time, there was also JJ Shobha, the boys athlete, who put on a brave performance at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Shobha had to be carried off the field after an injury during her heptathlon competition, but she returns with a tightly tied left ankle and finishes 3rd in the last event (800m) and 11th overall with 6172 points. She was awarded the Arjuna Award for her sharp performance in India.
And when we talk about famous women players from Hyderabad, we can not forget about Purnima Rau who led the Indian women’s cricket team. She was the captain of the Indian team in 3 Test matches and 8 ODIs. She was one of the pioneers who placed Hyderabad at the forefront of women’s sports.
The woman who followed in her footsteps is Mithali Raj. The number of records this former pupil of Keyes High School has set is staggering. She is the highest scorer in international women’s cricket.
After her 20-year career as a player, Mithali received national and international awards in 2017, including the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri and Wisden’s award “Leading Woman Cricketer of the World” in 2017.
In the person of Sania Mirza, Hyderabad produced the best women’s tennis player ever from India. Sania won six Grand Slam titles with her doubles teammates. From 2003, for a period of ten consecutive years, she was considered by the WTA as the number one player of India. She beat some of the best players in the world in her days and was the player with the highest rankings ever from India.
The twin cities can also take credit for nurturing the best badminton players in the world. Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Gutta Jwala have reached the highest level of the sport. Saina has won approximately 24 international titles, including 11 titles in the Super Series. In 2015, she became world number 1, becoming the first Indian woman and the second overall (after Prakash Padukone) to achieve the honor. She represented India in three Olympic Games and won a bronze medal at her second appearance in London 2012.
Gutta Jwala won medals at several tournaments on the BWF track and a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships, along with her doubles partner Ashwini Ponappa.
The latest Hyderabadi sensation is PV Sindhu. Over the course of her career, Sindhu has won several medals in various international tournaments, including the Olympics, by humiliating the world’s leading players.
She was the first Indian badminton player to become world champion and the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, which she did in 2016. Medals.
There is a saying, “Success breeds success.” More young women, inspired by the achievements of the current generation, are waiting in the wings to take over the mantle of the world champion, and it is quite possible that Hyderabad will become known as the city that breeds the best athletes in the world.
Abhijit Sen Gupta is an experienced journalist who writes on sports and various other topics.
Source: The Siasat Daily