Moreover, according to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports cash awards policy, she is set to get Rs 30 lakh.
She started her bid for the bronze in superb fashion by defeating Orkhon Purevdorj of Mongolia 12-3 in the Repechage Round 2 to move within striking distance of a medal.
Hailing from Rohtak in Haryana, a state with one of the lowest gender ratios (with just 877 women for every 1,000 men), Sakshi’s tale is one of grit and perseverance. “I hope the remaining wrestlers will also do well”.
Under its sports policy, Haryana Government had announced the cash award for Olympic/Paralympic gold medal winners of Rs6 crore, Rs4 crore for silver medallist and Rs2.5 crore for bronze winners. We couldn’t have been prouder of Indian wrestler Sakshi Mittal in her final take down of Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova. “But I want to do whatever I can”, he said.
Malik changed the conversation when she dominated the 58kg women’s wrestling category in Rio, taking home a bronze medal from the Olympic games. She won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships at Doha.
Sakshi earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 following the first period in the do-or-die bout. She has won India’s first ever medal in women’s wrestling and made her country proud. “If you can represent India, you can board a plane, and fly”, she told PTI.
Anil Kapoor: Congratulations Sakshi Malik! “The entire nation is rejoicing”, Mr. Modi tweeted.
India won two medals at the Rio Olympics this week – a silver and a bronze – finally putting an end to days of national anxiety over what the media here called a “medal drought”. I congratulate her and members of her family on her achievement. She produced tremendous grit and determination to equalize and then show power play in the last 30 seconds to win the game 8-5.
In his recent book on wrestling in India, Enter the Dangal, Rudraneil Sengupta says no village in India has a wrestling school in which women are allowed to train, except for Balali in Haryana, where Mahavir Singh Phogat, who has been its sarpanch, began training his six daughters. 23 years old champion was well trained under guidance of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram Stadium.
Sakshi’s medal capped another day of heartbreaks for India including an unfortunate injury to Vinesh in the women’s 48kg Freestyle category that forced her out of the competition. Also, neighbours, relatives, friends, fellow wrestlers and coaches converged at Sakshi’s home. “Surely we can do better for her”, he urges. “My hard work has succeeded”, Sakshi said.