India is a sports-loving country and all the sports are appreciated here. India is continuously excelling in games like Cricket, Badminton, Hockey, Football, etc. and soon our country will be among the top countries in most of the sport.
Women's sport was not given much importance in our country earlier but now with passing time and more social media users, the awareness about female athletes and their sports matches are gaining attention they deserve. Women like Mithali Raj, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, etc. have become new youth icons of the country.
Although women athletes are gaining popularity nowadays, there are many inspirational players who are yet to get major fame. The story of Khushbir Kaur, a silver medalist at 2014 Asian games, will inspire you.
Khushbir, a resident of Rasulpur Kalan village in Amritsar, lost her father when she was six and then it was mother's support that she could live her dream and achieve success. Jasbir Kaur, the mother of five children including Khushbir, deserves all the praises and also proves why no one can ever match the contribution of the mother in a person's life.
Jasbir Kaur, in order to support her family, started taking odd jobs like sewing clothes for neighbours and selling milk.
In an interview with a leading news portal, Jasbir said, "During the rainy season, my daughters, son, the cows and I, all lived in a single room, stashed together."
However, her jobs were not always enough, sometimes they would have no money to buy food for days together, they often spent their night in cow-shed.
In 2008, Khushbir completed her race at the Junior Nationals, barefoot because she could not afford walking shoes.
Things slowly started to get better when Khushbir brought home the silver medal in 2014. Khushbir won the silver medal in the women's 20km Race Walk at 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.
Khushbir is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She says, "The current government is giving a lot of importance to sports, which is very good and we are seeing a marked improvement." She continues, "But the one thing I realised from the Olympics is that we must start preparing for these kinds of events four to five years in advance."
The Arjuna Awardee has surely made the country proud and sets an example for athletes worldwide.