Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has refuted talks of Rio Paralympics 2016 winners being neglected and not getting sufficient coverage as Olympic medal winners of India.
Speaking to IndianExpress.com, Sakshi said, “Nothing like that. Equal importance have been given be it Paralympics or Olympics. I recently met Deepa Malik ji. She told me her story and I found it very inspiring. I got to learn a lot from her. She brought silver which is a very proud feeling and everyone respects her equally.”
Sakshi also dismissed talks of the government not reaching out much to help the Paralympics winners. Sakshi said “government is also doing a lot for them. I have heard she (Deepa) is being honoured more than me. So I am very happy.”
Sakshi was speaking at Like A Girl campaign organised by Whisper to celebrate womenhood. Joining Sakshi was actress Sonakshi Sinha who too expressed her desire to play Sakshi on screen if ever a biopic was made on the athlete’s life.
Speaking about women empowerment Sakshi said, “I don’t believe that girls can’t fight as hard as boys, as strong as boys and as confidently as boys. Yes, we are built differently-but we can always be as strong as we want.
When I started wrestling, it was never a ‘girls’ sport- only the boys played and they said, ” how should a girl wrestler? Why should a girl wrestler?” But I did not listen and aren’t you happy I did not? Because now we have a female wrestling medal. We as women need to continue playing and striving to win and puberty is the last thing that should stop us because a long the way there are so many obstacles that could stop us and we didn’t stop.”