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India has learnt to simply accept feminine athletes however nonetheless an extended technique to go: Sania Mirza

Path-breaking tennis ace Sania Mirza takes delight in the truth that a lot of India’s sporting stars, exterior cricket, are ladies though she believes that it’ll take a couple of extra generations earlier than being a sportswoman is seen as a pure profession selection within the nation.

The winner of six Grand Slam titles, spoke on a variety of points together with the position of fogeys and angle of coaches in direction of ladies gamers throughout a webinar organised by the All India Tennis Affiliation and the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI).

“I take enormous delight in the truth that exterior cricket, the largest sports activities stars are ladies athletes. If you happen to see magazines, billboards, you discover ladies sports activities stars. That may be a enormous step, I understand how troublesome it’s to pursue a sport being a lady,” Sania mentioned.

“It is a sign that issues have modified however we’ve miles to go earlier than we attain the purpose the place when a women picks up boxing gloves, or a badminton racquet or says ‘I need to be a wrestler’, it isn’t out of unusual, it ought to grow to be pure development.”

When requested why women are inclined to give up tennis after they attain the age of 15 or 16, Sania mentioned there are deep cultural points.

“Sport on this facet of the world doesn’t come naturally to oldsters. They need their daughters to be docs, legal professionals, lecturers however not an athlete. Issues have modified within the final 20-25 years since I began enjoying tennis however nonetheless there’s a lengthy technique to go,” she mentioned.

‘There are deeper cultural points embedded in points’

India has quite a lot of trailblazing ladies athletes, who’ve achieved considerably on the world stage.

Olympic medal-winning shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom, Asian Video games champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and former world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu are among the many lot making waves globally constantly.

However Sania outlined the numerous challenges ladies athletes face.

“Sure norms are outlined for ladies. Even after I had achieved every part, I used to be being requested when I’m going to have a toddler as if till I’ve a toddler, my life won’t be full.

“There are deeper cultural points embedded in us and it’ll take a couple of extra generations to eliminate these points.”

Responding to Suresh Sonchalam, the director of AITA’s coach schooling programme, Sania mentioned she confronted a whole lot of hurdles in her profession however robust assist from her mother and father proved to be the important thing in her profitable journey.

“What we have been doing was in opposition to the norm. I began enjoying at age of six and at the moment a lady selecting up the racquet and dreaming of enjoying Wimbledon was laughed at.

“Log kya kahenge (what’s going to folks say) has killed extra goals than the rest. I used to be fortunate to be born to oldsters, who didn’t care about it.”

Sania additionally suggested that coaches should be extra wise after they practice woman gamers.

“Teaching the ladies is extra trickier. On the age of 13-14 they’re nonetheless discovering who they’re. There are modifications occurring within the physique. There are hormonal modifications which occur all through their lives.”

The 33-year-old additionally suggested coaches to not put strain on younger gamers, saying the bottom line is to strike a steadiness between encouragement and placing them below the pump.

“Secret to success is competitiveness. I used to be all the time aggressive, didn’t thoughts dropping a couple of matches or making errors ar junior stage. The objectives have been larger. My mother and father by no means advised me after I misplaced a match they why I didn’t put that ball inside.”

Sania mentioned that helped her on the huge stage.

“The assumption that you may be the very best is a should. Once I competed in opposition to Serena Williams, it gave me a confidence enhance.

“Once I received the primary spherical on the Australian Open, I used to be completely satisfied however not shocked. I felt that I belonged there,” she asserted.

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