Kudos to Sakshi Malik for winning the first Bronze medal a face-saver in the high-voltage international contest and badminton player PV Sindhu who is now the first Indian to clinch a silver medal in the Olympics. It was a battle of nerves as the duo engaged in fast-paced rallies with each trying to close out the points. At a time when the largest ever Indian contingent for Rio Olympics was losing all hopes for not winning a single medal, Sindhu has shown that hard work, focused play and the will to win will certainly yield results. India had sent its largest ever contingent of some 118 athletes to Rio, but has little to show for it but Sindhu and Sakshi have done a great job by winning two medal for India. Both have scripted history by becoming the first woman from India to bag an Olympic medal. Sakshi did a fabulous job and made all the people of India proud. Dipa who gave a tough fight missed out on a podium finish by just a whisker, shows that sport is about risking your life. We now have three young heroines and are deeply indebted to them for salvaging the nation’s pride.
Rio ki teen Deviyaan have now proved that women are not weak and with hard work, determination and commitment one can become successful. The trio should be an example to all fathers who feel that their daughters should not enter the sports field. They are now role models for youth and will encourage them to take up sport in a big way.
Vinod C. Dixit
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