• Raspreet Sidhu. Image Courtesy: Himanshu Nagpal

    On the #internationalgirlchildday, Sportzwiki exclusively caught up with Indian Women’s Basketball team forward, Raspreet Sidhu during an event in New Delhi on Wednesday. (11th October 2017).

    Obliged to talk on the special occasion of ‘The Role of Sports in the Empowerment of Women’, I, Gautam Sodhi, exchanged a few thoughts on how things had panned out for the women’s sports in this country. Also on what all changes do they expect to take place in a near future?

    The event, cordially held on behalf of UNICEF, had the brand ambassadors in the name of former India captain, Sachin Tendulkar and the Indian Women’s team captain, Mithali Raj.

    To know about the rate of growth in women in sports over the years, the panellists discussed in detail and penned down a few loopholes which seemed responsible for a stagnant rise of women in this field.

    Blunt to share her opinions on the role of administration, government and even the coaches, Sidhu said India would not rise as a sporting nation if the caretakers of this genre won’t extend their arms in helping the lesser talked about sports to reach more people. Realising her path to achieve her dream, Sidhu recalled how tough it is to make a name for oneself in sports and later don’t even get recognised.

    “With all due respect, Cricket and BCCI had made efforts to help the game of cricket reach to doorsteps of every Indian, but what about other sports? Are the organisations taking viable measures to make sure that people are aware of sports like Basketball? What’s worse is people don’t even know the name of the players who have had burnt the midnight oil to get there. We, as players and athletes work like horses every day in the field and don’t get recognised, that’s not fair.”

    When talked about being on the hot seat and make a few necessary changes, Sidhu suggested that Synchronization between governing bodies and athletes could make things a bit easy for the development of different sports in India. Moreover, she added that fair platforms for both men and women would give birth to opportunities and bring a demise to a long-term discussion of women’s failure in sports.

    “Firstly, the platform should be fair for both men and women. Any discrimination would eventually stop anyone from rising, and the questions will increase, for sure. If I were to make a few changes, I would call for Synchronization between the governing bodies, athletes and even the coaches. You know, that’s what is missing. Hardwork and perseverance are there from the players, but not the desired results.”

    Looking optimistic of things changing in future, Sidhu mentioned that the role of media could also be used as a helping hand for them to a reasonable extent. Indicating that if all these things could fall in place, the future of young kids would be bright.

    “Media plays an important role in forming opinions and making a few things possible. Importance of other sports would only do good to their sustenance for future, and that’s no wrongdoing. The aspiring kids in this country could then only chose their idols and dare to dream.”

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