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10 Indian athletes who could have won the Bharat Ratna

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Bharat Ratna award is the most prestigious award and the highest civilian award of India. This was instituted on 2nd January 1954 and is awarded to the people with outstanding performance in their respective fields. Till today only 48 people had the honor of receiving this prestigious award. In this list of awardees, only one Indian athlete had the honor of receiving the Bharat Ratna award. Sachin Tendulkar is that one Indian athlete who received the Bharat Ratna on 4th February 2014. India is a country that celebrates and plays hundreds of sports but it is mostly dominated by cricket. There are many Indian athletes from different sports backgrounds who deserve India’s highest civilian award for their never-ending contribution in their respective fields. Let’s take a look at the 10 Indian athletes who could have won the Bharat Ratna.

1. Dhyan Chand

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No matter if you follow hockey or not, you definitely know the name, Dhyan Chand. Dhyan Chand is the greatest hockey player in hockey history. The former hockey player represented India at the Olympics 3 times and won the gold medal every time at the Olympics. India won the first Olympic gold medal in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games where he scored the highest number of goals. His participation in the 1932 Olympics was also one of his most memorable matches. India defeated the USA in the final by 24-1 and he led the Indian team in the Olympics. The 1936 Berlin Olympics is undoubtedly one of his unforgettable moments because Adolf Hitler offered him German citizenship after watching his brilliant goal-scoring expertise. In many different tournaments, he represented India on international levels and succeeded with flying colours. He is definitely an awardee of the Bharat Ratna award.

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2. Mary Kom

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Mary Kom is undoubtedly the greatest and the best women athlete in India. She has won 18 World Championship medals including 6 gold medals and won 1 bronze medal at the Olympics. Her story is inspiring and influencing for each and every girl and woman out there. Starting from Manipur to reaching the highest places, breaking stereotypes, struggling, and working hard, Mary Kom did all of these glorify the name of India globally. Boxing is sometimes considered a male-dominated sport, yet she ruled and conquered in that field even after her pregnancy. She is an awardee of the Padma Vibhushan and Arjuna Award. Her expertise contribution and journey are absolutely worthy of receiving the highest civilian award of India.

3. Leander Paes

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When India’s name comes in the global list of tennis, always remember one of the players responsible for this success is Leander Paes. He has made his name as being one of the greatest tennis players in doubles. He holds the record of becoming the first Indian tennis player to win an Olympic medal. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, he won the bronze medal.

He competed in all the Olympic games from 1992 to 2006 and became the first Indian tennis player to play at 7 Olympic games. Also so he made a record of winning the most doubles in the Davis Cup. He was also named the male MVP for 2009 and 2011 of World team tennis. His contribution to the sport is unmeasurable and for this, he has received prestigious awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri award, and Padma Bhushan award. There is hardly any reason why he should not receive the Bharat Ratna award.

4. Viswanathan Anand

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The first-ever Indian chess player to attend the title of Grand Master is Vishwanathan Anand. He achieved the title in 1988. He is the highest-ranked Indian chess player even at 51 years of age. India won the first-ever gold in the Chess Olympiad and Anand played a huge role in it. The chess wizard contributed enormously and is still continuing to do so. He is one of the leading players in the world for about two decades now. He is one of the few players to cross the 2800 Elo points mark. Arvind has been awarded Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan and there is no wrong in saying that he is one of the Indian athletes who have won the Bharat Ratna.

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5. PT Usha

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The representation of Indian women in sports is rising steadily and one of the women who has contributed the most in the initial years for the women representation is P.T. Usha. She is one of the greatest athletes of India and also called “the queen of track and field”. She represented India 3 times in the Olympics and in many other prestigious tournaments like Asian Championships, Asian Games, and World Cup. The legend received innumerable gold medals and glorified India globally. She has been honored with Padma Shri in 1985 and she is one of those Indian athletes who could have won the Bharat Ratna Award for her achievements as well as her blood, sweat, and contribution.

6. Abhinav Bindra

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Abhinav Bindra is the only athlete to win an individual Olympic gold for India. He is well known for his calm nature at the shooting range. Indian athletes got inspired and believed in themselves more when Arvind won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His win started a revolution in the country that lead to improvement and change within the Indian athletes. He also became the first shooter to hold the Olympics and Championship. Within a span of a 22-year career, he won more than 150 medals. Apart from the Olympics, he showed impecable performance involved Asian Shooting Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Asian games. He also won 9 medals in the commonwealth games and 3 gold medals in the Asian Games. In 2018 who was awarded the Blue cross. He also received Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and Padma Bhushan.

7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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One does not have to be a cricket fanatic to know about Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a country like India where cricket is treated like religion, he built up the strongest and the most undestroyable cricket team. He is the only captain to win all three ICC trophies. The former captain proved his expertise with the bat, behind the stumps, and leading the team. He is one of the strongest pillars of the Indian cricket team even after his retirement. The way he captained and taught his teammates will help the teammates in the future as well. His contribution in cricket is overpouring and he definitely could win the Bharat Ratna award.

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8. Pankaj Advani

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Pankaj Advani is the 23-time World Champion from India. These 23 World Championship titles include 1 IBSF World Team Championship, 1 IBSF World Team Cup, 1  World Team Billiards Championship, 2 IBSF World Snooker Championship (6 Reds), 3 IBSF World Snooker Championship (15 Reds), and 15 IBSF World Billiards Championship. He started playing snooker at a very young age of 10. Pankaj is the only athlete to win the Asian and ball championships in all formats of billboards and snooker. He has also won a 5 time Asian Games champion and two gold medals in the Asian Games.

9. Mihir Sen

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The representation of Indian swimmers in the world is lesser. We Indians do not have a lot to acknowledge about swimming but there are some things that Mihir Sen contributed to glorifying India’s name at the world level of swimming. He became the first Indian to cross any sea of note by crossing the English Channel. Not only that he also became the first person to cross seven seas across 5 continents. He is also the first Asian to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. In dangerous situations like sharks and sea snakes in, he swam more than 600 km all around. He is the most impactful person to put India on the global list of swimming.

10. Sunil Gavaskar

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It doesn’t matter if you are a millennial or Gen Z or above the age of these groups, you have surely heard about Sunil Gavaskar or watched him play. He is the record holder of many firsts in cricket history. The first cricketer to cross 10,000 test runs, the first cricketer to score more than Donald Bradman’s 29 test centuries. He was a pivotal part of the Indian team in the 1983 World Cup. He was a terrific test player and scored loads of runs to win matches.

As soon as he started debuting, he started creating records. He scored the highest runs of 774 which is the most by a debutant. Gavaskar also holds the record of scoring the most number of France by any player in a Test series with 774 runs. His contribution and records are clearly uncountable and that is why we think that he is one of the Indian athletes who could have won the Bharat Ratna.

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ENG vs New Zealand: New Zealand wins a historic series

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New Zealand defeated the England team 1-0 to seal the series and created history at Edgbaston. They will now go into the World Test Championship final with boosting confidence against India. The New Zealand team created history by winning a Test series in England after 1999. Check the highlights of ENG vs New Zealand here.

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The first test of the series was drawn as Tim Southee contributed with the ball and looked at his best in that match. However, the concern over the English batsmen’s skills were under the scrutiny throughout the test match.

By the end of the first match, there was some bad news for the New Zealand fans. Kane Willamson had some elbow issues and Mitch Santner was out of the series due to a finger injury. Therefore, the New Zealand team was without the presence of their captain Kane and spinner Santner in the second test.

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Tim Southee was rested as well to be fresh for the World Test Championship final scheduled from 18-22 June, 2021.

England made 303 in the first innggs as Dan Lawrence and Rory Burns both finished with 81 runs, Dan remaining not out though. Trent Boult took 4 wickets for 85 runs.

New Zealand in reply scored 388 as Will Young scored a composed 82 of 204 balls. Ross Taylor made some contribution with the bat by scoring 80 runs in 139 balls.

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The second innings through did not start well for the England team as they were bundled out for just 122. This time it was Nil Wagner with 3/18 who did the maximum damage.

With needing only 42 runs for the historic series win, captain Latham made sure he stays till New Zealand makes it past the rope. New Zealand won the match with 8 wickets in hand. Matt Henry was adjudged as the man of the match for his 6/104 in the match.

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Mental health in sports: Players who admitted about mental health issues

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Sports is said to be a great mixture of physical and mental strength. However, the emphasis on physical health is much greater than mental health. Actually, it was almost negligible till some athletes and players started acknowledging it. Nowadays, mental health in sports is a major factor as players come out of their shell and admit their mental health issues. Today, we will discuss those players who admitted their mental health issues and given importance on mental health in sports.

Players who admitted about mental health issues

Nearly 1 out of 5 people face mental health issues. Meanwhile, 35% of elite athletes suffer from mental health issues. However, only a few of them seeks help.

#1 Micheal Phelps

Phelps is the epitome of success and glory. There is no one in the world who has won more Olympic medals than him. The glorified swimmer always seen happy and smiling big in the Olympics. However, for a tough man like him, he went through many downs as the faced depression and mental health issues.

After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was caught in picture while having marijuana and was arrested as well. This incident lead to big controversy and impact on his life. In 2014, he was also banned from competing for six months.

This lead to anxiety and depression. But, being the fighter he is, he acknowledged the issue and sought for help. He went for a therapy in Arizona in 2014 and then made a huge comeback in 2016 Rio Olympics. We all know what happened after that, he became the most decorated Olympian with 29 medals including 23 gold medals.

“I struggled with anxiety and depression and questioned whether or not I wanted to be alive anymore. It was when I hit this low that I decided to reach out and ask for the help of a licensed therapist. This decision ultimately helped save my life. You don’t have to wait for things.”– Phelps on mental health and overcoming it.

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#2 Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey is as tough as one can be. He even can fight professional male fighters and beta them in strength. This is how strong she is. However, the first-ever female UFC MMA professional had her issues with failures and depression as well.

After losing her UFC title against Holly Holm she went through depression. Perhaps, Rousey did not sigh away from that fact and acknowledged that mental health in sports is a major issue as well.

She also admitted that, she thought of committing suicides post that lost. But she came back like a champion.

It’s not a weakness we should condemn. I’ve never shied away from talking about suicide or anything like that. It’s really heavily affected [my] family, and anything that I could do to make sure it affects as few people as possible; I’d be happy to do that. I do not see why it’s looked at as a bad thing.– Rousey in an interview with Huffpost.

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#3 Imani Boyette

Imagine if you get raped by your own family members, how tough it can be to endure. From childhood, she tired to kill herself thrice. Even she wanted to kill herself when she was only 10.

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But, the professional Basketball player did not gave up. He went through the period and sought help. And, now we can say, she has made it in her life.

Boyette now raises mental health awareness and gives supports to the children who are in need. She now a spokesperson  Sparks of Hope.

#4 Virat Kohli

The current Indian Cricket Team’s captain is probably the best player of his generation. His aggression on the field and hunger to win has always drawn attention. However, Virat also had failures in his career and thought “it felt like the end of the world”.

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As, Virat was asked about mental health in sports, he told about his earlier phases of his career. After his huge failure in 2014 in England, Virat thought this might end his career and was in depression. But, as like champions of any sport, he came back like a king and let his bat do the talking.

“You know when you get to the international stage, every player that’s in the squad needs that communication – that ability to speak out. What Glenn has done is remarkable. I have gone through a phase in my career where I had felt that it was the end of the world. I just didn’t know what to do and what to say to anyone, How to speak, how to communicate,” Virat on the mental health issue.

Even the Indian captain thinks that every team should have a mental health specialist in their team stuff group.

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#5 Serena Williams

The ultimate queen of open era tennis, Serena Williams have also been a victim of depression and mental health issue. It is quite hard to get even a champion player like her with so less failures can get depression as well.

After winning the Wimbledon in 2011 Serena went through a rough patch in her career. She was suffering from injuries and many health issues. This also made her away from the game. With the habit of wining it every time, she could not handle the tough time.

“I cried all the time. I was miserable to be around,” via Telegraph.

After the birth of her daughter, Olympia in 2017 Serena opened about her fight with depression and mental health in sports in postpartum disorder.

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#6 Marcus Trescothick

The England Cricket team’s opener was having a great time at the top of the order for the team. Perhaps, he was the most successful batsman in the team at that time. But something happened and he retired from the game quite early in his career.

Trescothick retired in 2006 at his peak, because of his mental health issues. He always suffered from being away from home and his family. He went back to England from an ongoing series in India as he could not cope up with the depression.

While talking to Men’s Health Trescothick said,

I’d always suffered with being away from home. I remember sitting with the team psychologist before the tour, telling him I didn’t want to go away. Things escalated really quickly when we got out there. I was cooped up in bed for the best part of a week and it got progressively worse to the point where I thought “I’ve got to get out of here and sort out what’s happening to me.

Marcus Trescothick on his mental health issues.

Even the great Brian Lara has admitted that, “mental health is real and part of all sport”.

#7 Naomi Osaka

The most recent on the list of athletes who openly accepted their mental health issue is Naomi Osaka. The number 2 ranked women’s tennis player in the world is the richest female athlete in the world.

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However, with all that money and success Naomi could not get away from anxiety and depression. In the ongoing French Open tournament, she was fined $15000 for opting out of any press-conference as the media does not care about mental health of any player.

However, as the tournament committee responded with some major future suspensions, Naomi took her name from the French Open 2021.

She said, “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.

Everyone around the globe appreciated Naomi for acknowledging the mental health issue.

Other than these athletes, there are many players who had mental health issues and acknowledged that publicly. Glenn Maxwell, Andrew Flintoff, Amanda Beard, Justin Duchscherer and Allison Schmitt also were affected by mental health issues and recovered from that with great courage.

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Sushil Kumar: From Olympic podium to Delhi Police’s Wanted criminal

Two-time Olympic medal-winning wrestler Sushil Kumar has found himself in a controversy. Sushil Kumar has been a standout wrestler for India with both international and domestic achievements for quite a long time. Delhi Police arrested wrestler Sushil Kumar from Mundka earlier on Sunday. The police arrested him in connection with the murder of former International Wrestler Sagar Dhankad. According to reports the murder took place inside Chhatrasal Stadium in North-west Delhi.

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The police found out a video of the brawl in which Kumar is seen assaulting Dhankad. Upon further investigation, the police found out that, the fight took place over a flat owned by Kumar in Model Town. The deceased wrestler Sagar Dhankad previously lived there. The two wrestlers had an ongoing dispute over the rent of the flat which resulted in a fatal brawl after Dhankad abused Kumar.

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Police have further found out that Kumar and his associates, Ajay, Prince, and others escaped with their phones switched off. A guy named Sonu mentioned them in the FIR. Multiple teams of Delhi Police had been raiding their possible hide-outs in Delhi, UP, Punjab, and Haryana to arrest them.

Police are probing the possibility of involvement of gangsters Kala Jathedi Larence Bishnoi gang and Neeraj Bawania behind the fight as preliminary findings have suggested that Kumar and associates had links with gangsters.

Kumar and his associates allegedly beaten Dhankad to death inside Chhatrasal Stadium. The event may have occurred on the intervening night of May 4 and 5. Although Kumar has denied his involvement in this matter.

Sushil Kumar’s statement:

“They weren’t our wrestlers, it happened late last night. We have informed police officials that some unknown people jump into our premises and fought. No connection of our stadium with this incident,” he had told a news agency.

That night the police had also seized four vehicles from outside the stadium. Police recovered A double-barrel gun from one of the cars. Police have also recovered a double-barrel gun from Prince Dalal an associate of Kumar after arresting him.

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Charges against Sushil Kumar:

Kumar has been charged under Sections 302 (murder), 365 (abduction), and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) due to his reported involvement in the assault and consequent death of international wrestler Sagar Dhankar.

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Women In Sports: Female Athletes and Motherhood

Women in sports: Female Athletes and Motherhood

Women in sports is a specials series by SportzPoint to honour all of those women who showed the world that you can achieve anything. This is the third episode of the series. Check the first and second episodes also.

All of these women have sacrificed many things to conquer the world. They have fought against gender barriers, inequalities and discrimination. Moreover, the man-minded world was very sacred to recognize and salute the spirits of those women.

Women just can not play after being a mother- this myth always been there in the industry. However, when you are passionate about the game, motherhood just makes them stronger and stronger. In this episode, we will talk about those women who just became better after being a mother.

Female Athletes and Motherhood

You ask any women, they would say that being a mother is the most beautiful moment in their life. But, that does not mean that they can not juggle between being a mother and a professional athlete. However, it is their body that goes under enormous pressure while being pregnant and post-pregnancy as well. Though studies show now that female athletes are having a longer sporting career than men now.

So, if the world supports more moms to be back in their sporting arena, it will become more revolutionary in the sports world. Here’s is the top 7 female athlete who just rocked the sports world being a mom-

#1 Serena Williams (USA, Tennis)

Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of the open era if we talk about achievements. She has won everything there could be won on the tennis court. The 23 Singles Grand Slam Winner, was eight weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open in 2017.

She revealed her pregnancy with a baby bump post on Snapchat. Serena also confirmed that she got to know about her pregnancy only a few days before the matches. This incident challenged the thoughts of women not being strong enough for sports.

Serena never thought of ending her illustrated career by just being a mother. However, she challenged herself and proved everyone wrong that, being a mother only gives you strength.

However, Serena had some serious complications while childbirth but managed to be back on the court to get to the magical 24th Grand Slam Title. The magic is that Serena played 4 Grand Slam Finals within 10 months of her postpartum.

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#2 Skylar Diggins-Smith (USA, Basketball)

WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith is a four-time WNBA All-Star. Skylar is one of the most illustrated players in the history of Women’s Basketball.

Skylar missed the 2019 season due to pregnancy. But, she pulled off something great before resting the season out. During the 2018 season, she was already pregnant. Although she managed to be the third player in WNBA history to average at least 17 points and six assists per game.

She did not tell her pregnancy news to anybody as she wanted to continue with the season. After resting six months following her postpartum, she came back with a bang. Skylar scored a team-high 19 points for the U.S. women’s national team. Not only that she also grabbed the award for WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Award also.

So, her fights prove how women in sports should dedicate themselves just to make it more equal and even for the next generation.

#3 Mary Kom (Boxing, India)

India is a very hard place to be a mother and professional athlete. Its social imbalance and inequality in pay structure make it even harder financially to sustain a career being a mother.

However, the mother of three children and a record sixth-time World Champion boxer proved everyone wrong with her dedication and fighting spirit. Kom has won medals in one of the first seven World Championships. She is also the only boxer to win eight World Championship medals.

Mary Kom became a mother to twin boys in 2007. In 2013, she became a mother for the third time. But she kept on going through every tough situation to keep her boxing career going.

Mary Kom went on to win her Olympic medal in 2012 after becoming a mother. She won a bronze in the 51kg freestyle category. Kom is regarded as the “Magnificent Mary” due to her passion, fight and dedication.

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#4 Allyson Felix (USA, Track & Field)

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The only female track and field athlete to win six Olympic Gold Medals did not have it easy in her life. Allyson Felix is the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner and a three-time world champion.

The start athlete from America had some tough time during her pregnancy. Felix went through preeclampsia and an emergency C-section to deliver her daughter. In November 2018 she was blessed with her baby girl.

In her tough times, Felix accused Nike that they wanted her back on track as soon as possible post-pregnancy. The rumour was also that Nike asked for a guarantee from Felix that her performance would not go down. However, Nike declined those rumours.

Felix is currently aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as it would be her fifth consecutive Olympics.

“Everyone sees the glory moments, but they don’t see what happens behind the scenes.”

#5 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica, Track & Field)

Shelly is another mom-athlete who became a mother in #DreamMaternity year in 2019. The mom-athlete from Jamaica has 6 Olympic medals including 2 Gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

She is always been fast. But, she is been inspirational to millions of women out there as well. After having her appendix removed in April 2009, Fraser became World 100m champion.

The “pocket-rocket” from Jamaica kept running fast even after childbirth. She became the world 100m champion only after two years of postpartum.

Shelly now calls herself as the #mommyrocket.

#6 Nia Ali (USA, Track & Field)

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Nia Ali is another mom-athlete who did great after becoming a mother. In 2015 to Nia gave birth to her son Titus. Post that she came back and won the gold medal in World Championship within a year.

Nia continued her success after becoming a mother. She went on to win the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics for the 100-meter hurdles.

The victory lap with her son after winning the Gold medal at the 2016 world championship is a moment to saviour for everyone who supports women in sports.

#7 Kara Goucher (USA, Track & Filed)

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Kara Goucher, an American long-distance runner is always been vocal about raising financial securities for mom-athletes.

While she was pregnant with her son, 2010, Goucher worked to be a public figure for Nike. However, as he had given birth to her child, Nike refused to pay her anymore leading to her financial crisis.

Nike said, ‘We don’t pay you to tell your story. We pay you to run, and you’re not running. You have to get back into racing.’ – According to Goucher.

She ran in the Boston Marathon while her son was getting operated on his neck in the hospital. Also, as she was hurried back into running, she suffered hip pain that will stay with her forever.

The women in sports are still fighting for their existence. Gender barriers, financial crisis and many other issues wrapping them around. We hope our series reaches the ones who want to make their dream true as a woman or female athlete.