Former Indian women football team skipper Sona Chaudhary on Thursday revealed that her recently launched book ‘Game in Game’ is based on 90 per cent facts and 10 per cent fiction.
Chaudhary has made several shocking revelations in her book, including several cases of sexual and mental harassment by the officials against the women footballers.
Talking about her book, Chaudhary informed that the Indian women footballers used to depict themselves as lesbians in order to avoid being raped by the officials.
Meanwhile, Chaudhary also pointed out the infrastructure and inadequacy that they faced in the past.
Today, we have support systems. But in our time, we did not have economic support systems. I am fighting for my players, my campaign is for them. My fight is with the system and not every player or coach is wrong,” the woman footballer insisted.
“I have written about the things that are spoiling the system. I request you to see it in a large perspective. We have suffered a lot as far as getting adequate facilities are concerned. It is our duty as a sportsperson to ensure that the upcoming players need not have to suffer like us. So whatever I had faced, along with my teammates, have been put in this book. I have done the initiative,” she added.
Chaudhary, who began her career in 1994 and became Haryana’s best player, joined the women’s football team in 1995 and was appointed as the captain in a year’s time.
However, Chaudhary’s football career ended in 1998 after she suffered from knee and back injury.