This famous dialogue from Dangal movie has sparked a light of hope among the Indian girls. There is a belief that the girls are in no way less than the boys and even they can perform better than the boys. Sakshi Malik is the best example of how a woman can bring a ray of hope for his family, country and even for the whole world. Sakshi Malik, born on 3 September 1992, is an Indian freestyle wrestler. She proved her worth by winning the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country.
Sakshi Malik was born in Mokhra village of Rohtak district in Haryana. Her father Sukhbir is a bus conductor with DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) while her mother Sudesh is a supervisor at a local health clinic. Sakshi was interested in all sports since childhood but she took the wrestling as his dream profession after seeing his grandfather Badlu Ram, who was also a wrestler. Sakshi completed her master’s degree in physical education from Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak. It was her family support that helped her to achieve his goals. She has been married to a fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian in 2016, who has won medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
“My family has played a huge role in making me who I am today. I come from a community where women are not allowed to even step out of their homes. But they never stopped me or clipped my wings” – Sakshi Malik
Sakshi feels every girl, in every profession, who chooses to dedicate herself to her dream is fighting her own battles every day. She says that it is important to concentrate on your strengths and sport. According to her, the focus is the real key to her success as wrestling is a mind game.
“As a woman, power signifies faith. Faith to believe in your dreams and your abilities.”– Sakshi Malik
She won the bronze medal in the 58 kg freestyle event in 2010 at the Junior World Championships. It was his first success as a professional wrestler at International level. After this, she won gold in the 60 kg category at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Tournament. She never backed down from there and has reached a glorious career till now.
“I wish I could describe the feeling. It was emotional, overwhelming and a very proud moment. For a while, I had no idea what was happening. When I realized, I was on top of the world. I was happy that years of hard work had finally paid off.”– Sakshi Malik in an Interview after winning Bronze in 2016 Rio Olympics.
Malik is currently employed with Indian Railways in the commercial department of its Delhi division, in the Northern Railway zone and working towards providing the necessary coaching to the young talent for Wrestling.
Sakshi Malik is one of the best ever female Wrestler India has seen. She is not only bringing the laurels for our country but also working to guide the young talent. The hard work, dedication, and simplicity are the key factors of the Sakshi’s success. Sakshi’s journey has been filled with ups and down but she has always been very calm. I believe we can do a small part for her so that she can secure a medal for our country for sure in the upcoming challenges.
“I started wrestling 12-13 years back. In the initial days, I found it tough to cope with school, tuition, and training. During this phase, I even thought of quitting. But my interest grew once I took part in various competitions. After that, I never looked back. My only aim was to win a medal for India.” – Sakshi Malik
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