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Badminton star Saina Nehwal says Indian women are not encouraged to play sports – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

Badminton player Sania Mirza also has some pretty killer tennis skills. She and Martina Hingis won the Wimbledon’s women’s double championship, and Mirza is just one example of Indian women excelling on the international sports stage. Nevertheless, Mirza – the first and only Olympic medal winner in badminton for India, and currently the world’s No. 2 player, feels that there is lack of enthusiasm for sports education for girls in the country. “Changes are happening and girls continue to outperform and excel in life, but there is still a long way to go when it comes to sports. Women are traditionally not encouraged to indulge in sports,” Mirza said. That’s why she’s joined forces with Microsoft’s campaign, motivating Indian youth to follow their dreams through a video, and showing sports being brought into an all-girls school. “The video carries a message for the Indian youth to follow their dreams. I wanted to communicate to parents and stakeholders to let girls experiment and give them freedom of choice so that they can opt for the best possible career for them,” she said of the initiative. Her own professional entry in the sport started by chance, after being spotted playing in school by a professional coach. She says she hopes her story “among other stories of success, can help bring about a nationwide change in the mindset of people who still go by old perceptions.”

 

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