The people of Sawarpada would have never imagined that their village would play a prominent role in bringing pride to the Indian Nation when Kavita Raut, the 21st Century Indian Long-distance runner was born. She is an inspiration to lots of women who dream to become an athlete. Kavita Raut was born in an Adiwasi village Sawarpada near Harsul, Nashik, Maharashtra on 5th May 1985. She was married to Mahesh Tungar, who is a Mechanical Engineer at Maharashtra Power Generation Company in 2013.
She came from a family from a small village where people didn’t know what Athletics was all about. The people of her community were very orthodox that girls were forced to get married at the age of 15-16. During her days at home, she used to wash dishes, clothes and even went to the forest to fetch water.
Though she came from an orthodox family, her parents allowed her and supported her to pursue her athletics career where girls are required to wear shorts and tee-shirts. They gave her the right pair of shoes with which she can conquer the world.
Kavita also struggled a lot during her training at the initial stage. Kavita faced all the challenges a village girl will face in her way to achieve what she wants to become.
Sumitra Raut, the mother of Kavita Raut, said, “When she won her 1st competition, she has no experience, but Kavita had the skill and that day she decided to win a medal for India.” With her stunning performance, she was offered training by a coach who saw her performance at a competition. Initially, her parents hesitated to send her as she is their only daughter. But, keeping all their emotions aside they decided to take a bold move for her bright future, and she proved that their sacrifice doesn’t go in vain by bringing pride to the Nation and her family.
The people of the Nation came to know about her when she won Bronze at the 2009 Asian Championship held in Guangzhou, China. She surprised the Nation by becoming the 1st Women athlete to win a medal at Commonwealth Games, 2010 held at Delhi. Kavita also finished second with a Silver medal at the Asian Games the same year. She got qualified for the Rio Olympics by winning Gold at the 12th South Asian Games.
In 2011, she decided to train the upcoming Nations Athletes and started an Academy, “Ekalavya Athletics and Sports Institute” which identifies the young and talented athletes and provide them the training and even fund their education.
“The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” –Robert Tew
It doesn’t matter how much it hurts you now, but someday you will look back and realize that your struggles changed your life for the better tomorrow. So, keep on moving to balance your bicycle called life. No matter what happens and no matter how far you are from where you want to be but never stop believing that you will somehow make it.
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