Believe in yourself… Stay focused on your goal…. Nothing will stop you. For Sakshi Malik, this belief runs parallel to her successful journey.
It was sheer belief when a 12-year-old Rohtak girl decided to tread the path that has always been considered men’s bastion. If the 2016 Rio Olympic Games were about India’s women power, Sakshi was one of the two icons to establish India on the 2016 Games’ map. When the nation looked at Yogeshwar Dutt and Vinesh Phogat in hope , it was this girl to lift the gloom with a strong resolve and commitment.
The brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign of Haryana State, Sakshi has also got acceptance by the corporate world as a brand. Sakshi is endorsing the Datsun redi-Go Sport car for the Japanese manufacturer Nissan. The Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna recipient perfectly epitomizes women power and youth for the brand world.
Sakshi broke conventions in the conservative society she comes from with not just her choice for career as a wrestler, but for personal life too. The 24-year-old was always open about her love life. Soon after the Olympic glory, Sakshi had announced engagement to her boyfriend, wrestler Satyawart Kadian, two-year younger to her. Doubts in mind lead you nowhere. When it’s 100 per cent commitment, support and success are bound to come.
Sakshi firmly believes her best is yet come. She is training hard at the Wrestling Federation of India camp at Lucknow focused on her goal.
The girl, always in pursuit of achieving her dreams, this Women’s Day has strong message for every Indian women. “Never lose faith in yourself and your dreams. This Women’s Day I want every woman to realise that she is capable of fulfilling her dreams on her own terms, no matter what it is and where she comes from – just believe in your abilities and work hard. If you just believe in yourself and focus on your goal there is nothing that will stop you,” says Sakshi from the WFI camp at Lucknow in an exclusive chat with InsideSport.
The 24-year-old derives pride from her career option and success: “It feels rewarding – because every time you win, you change the mindset of at least one person who believed that wrestling was only a man’s sport. When I began people taunted me, laughed at me and stared at me every time I went to practice, but after the Olympic Medal, these same people come to my house with gifts, flowers and call me their ‘beti’,” adds Sakshi.
Sakshi was fortunate that she had always had the backing of her family when it came to wrestling, therefore it was never very tough for her. Then, support from JSW Steel two years before the Rio Games proved to be the right booster at the right time.. “I am a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Programme, where I get financial and non-financial support from them. Ever since I was inducted to the programme in 2014, along with notable athletes like Lalita Babar, Vinesh Phogat, Neeraj Chopra, and other great ladies of Indian sports, I have been able to improve my performance through constant guidance from world-class professionals and training programmes conducted by the best in the business,” says Sakshi..
The girl has given millions of hopes to the nation as Virender Sehwag in his trade-mark 140 letter wit would describe this: “Poora Bharat is baat ka Sakshi hai, jab koi mushkil ho toh is desh ki ladkiyan hi Malik hain.” Entire nation has witnessed, when there is a problem, daughters of the nation are the real boss.