The shower of good news started with Mirabai Chanu winning the first Medal for this year. On 24th July, she won the Silver medal in weightlifting in the 49Kg category. Undoubtedly Indians roared with pride. But, what was more shocking was the background from which she comes. A Manipuri by descent, Mirabai comes from a very ordinary family and a home with not many resources. From the pictures she shared on her twitter, it is easy for us to deduce that her victory did not come easily and that she has worked really very hard for this win.
Next, we heard that Lovlina Borgohain won against her opponent from Taiwan and entered the Semi Finals where she will be boxing against a participant from Turkey in the 69Kg category. A 23 year old from Assam, Lovlina has assured our country a Bronze at least, by entering into the Semi-finals. With her match on Wednesday, the whole of India is waiting eagerly just to see her fight with all of her spirit to win for her motherland.
Our most recent news was from PV Sindhu who has made us proud yet again with a Bronze in Badminton. She not only made India proud but also created history as she became India’s first woman to win 2 olympic medals. PV Sindhu has won this country so many laurels that we don’t have enough fingers to count them. This win has added another feather to her cap and ours.
Although Hockey is not India’s national sport, over the years we have believed so because of the number of victories the Indian team has had in competitions all over the world. This Olympics the Indian Women’s Hockey Team has taken a step forward to make us all unbelievably proud. The team has qualified for the Semi-finals by winning against Australia. What makes this even better is that India beat the Australian team which is number 2 in the world and unbeaten in the past. But, the Indian Women’s team wanted to prove a point with this brilliant win.
CA Bhavani Devi won India’s first ever fencing match in the Olympics this year. She won against her opponent from Tunisia and qualified to fight with France where she lost. Although she didn’t win a medal, this fencer from Tamil Nadu made India very proud with her fight in Fencing. When she started she practiced with Bamboo sticks because her family couldn’t afford fencing swords. Today, she stands proud by making India win for the very first time in a fencing match.
Apart from this a big victory we expected was from the Boxing Champion, Mary Kom. She gave a very tough fight to her opponent from Colombia but could not win a medal. Yet, with her hardwork and attempts, she has made us very proud.
In India today, we still live amidst a patriarchal society. It is a society where women have to face sexist comments when they say they have an interest in sports or technology. But the women of India in the Olympics have let their medals and performances speak for themselves. We know there are many more victories to come this season! Go Girls!