India is not a one sport nation. Catch the glory of unsung heroes of Indian sports. Encourage them, spread the word and let their stories inspire billions of Indians!!!

With Asian Games, India in general heard two new names – Sarita Devi and Yogeshwar Dutt. There are lot more Sarita Devi(s), Yogeshwar Dutt(s) and Mary Kom(s) out there. Here we salute the unsung heroes of Indian sports. These Champions reinforce the fact that India is not a one sport nation!

Jitu Rai ~ Shooter

A 27 year old shooter from Lucknow, Jitu Rai is the first Indian shooter to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics .  In the ongoing Asian Games  in South Korea, Rai was the first person to open the gold account by winning the gold medal in the 50 m pistol category. He also won a bronze in the men’s 10 m air pistol team event. He has many medals in his account and is the first person to have won two medals at a single world cup for India.

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Swapna Barman ~ 12 Toed Indian Athlete

 “There is no gain without pain” is the biggest realty of the 12-toed Indian athlete Swapna Barman’s life. Getting appropriate footwear has always been an obstacle for this athlete. Coming from a poor family and choosing a sport that is not well-acknowledged in our nation, she has struggled to find support and yet, has made her mark and lived her passion. This, by qualifying to compete for India in the women’s heptathlon at the Asian Games. A true example of will power, she deserves all our best wishes.

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Sreejesh P.R. ~ Hockey

Sreejesh’s played a hero’s role in the first Asian Champions Trophy (2011) held at Ordos, China, in which India defeated Pakistan 4-2 in the final. He made two crucial saves in the penalty shootout. Shutterbugs and media might not run behind him, but Sreejesh on various ocassion have made India proud with his determination, performance and perseverance.

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Vikas Gowda ~ Discus Thrower

Discus thrower and shot putter, Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal at the New York Grand Prix 2012, becoming the first Indian ever to win a medal in the prestigious Diamond League. At 2014 Common Wealth Games he clinched Gold, making him second Indian athelete to win Gold after Milkha Singh.

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Deepika Kumari ~ Archer

Yet another proof of why Indian women rule! Deepika won gold in 2010 Common Wealth Games and hit bulls eye with 5 medals at the Archery world cup. A girl who practiced her passion by aiming at the mangoes, Deepika Kumari is one among the sheroes who inspire billions of Indians every day!

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Parupalli Kashyap ~ Badminton Player

A celebration that was more than animated. Parupalli Kashyap created history by winning Gold in Men’s Badminton singles event after 32 years in 2014 Common Wealth Games. Indians so prove their mettle every single time. Proud of you Kashyap.

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap beats Belgiums Yuhan Tan Unsung Heroes of Indian Sports : Not A One Sport Nation !

Sharath Kamal ~ TT Player

One of the best Table Tennis player ever produced by India, Sharath from Tamil Nadu has won many medals for India including the gold medal of Common Wealth 2006 where he defeated crowd favorite William Henzell of Australia. With loads of medals and sheer determination to move ahead, Sharath Kamal is one of the bright Indian athlete!

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Seema Punia ~ Discus Thrower

Seema Antil aka Seema Punia has won many medals in the past and yesterday went on to win the gold medal of 2014 Asian Games. Earlier this year, she had clinched gold at Common Wealth Games. You go girl!

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Tashi and Nungshi Malik

Their belief is ‘dream big, and then achieve it’, and seems like they have stuck by it.
Twin daughters of an army man, Tashi and Nungshi Malik, are the first ever set of twin sisters to peak the enormous Mt. Everest after their victory on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Their next target is Mt.Vinson (Antarctica) which they hope to successfully complete in December this year. We salute these ‘SHE’ROES’ and encourage more women to be like them.

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Santhoshi Matsa – Weightlifter

An Indian weightlifter, Matsa won the silver medal in thewomen’s 53 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. WE wish her all the best for many more medals in her account in future!

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Virdhawal Khade ~ Swimmer

An Indian swimmer, Khade from Kolhapur created history on 16 November 2010 when he won a medal after 24 years for India in swimming in the 50m butterfly category at the 2010 Asian games. Nicknamed as ‘VEER‘ his contribution as an Indian swimmer has been incredible!

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Part 2 to follow soon…

With inputs from:

News published in various newspapers and not a one sport nation.

Image Source: Swapna Burman, Vikas Gowda, Sreejesh PR, Kashyap, Sharath Kamal, Seema Punia, Santoshi Matsa, Khade

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