Sakshi Malik opened India’s Medal kitty in Rio Olympics with a Bronze Medal. She won this medal for Freestyle Wrestling in the 8 kg category. With this she has also become the first Indian Female wrestler to win a medal at Olympics.
“It was a dream come true for me and I had already pre-planned to celebrate this way” ~ Sakshi Malik
Sakshi Malik will also be awarded the following from various government bodies / authorities for her feat in Rio Olympics:
- ₹2.5 crore (US$370,000) from the Government of Haryana, in addition to a state land grant
- ₹60 lakh (US$89,000) from the Indian Railways, as her employer (₹50 lakh (US$74,000) for the medal, ₹10 lakh (US$15,000) for qualifying)
- ₹20 lakh (US$30,000) from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
- ₹20 lakh (US$30,000) from the Indian Olympic Association
- ₹15 lakh (US$22,000) from the JSW Group
- Rani Laxmi Bai Award from the Government of Uttar Pradesh, with a prize of ₹3.11 lakh (US$4,600)
- ₹1.01 lakh (US$1,500) from Salman Khan, for qualifying as an Olympic participant
- Promotion from senior clerk in the Indian Railways to a gazetted officer rank
Who is Sakshi Malik?
Born on September 3, 1992, in Rohtak, Haryana, Sakshi Malik has her supportive parents, Sudesh and Sukhbir, to thank for encouraging her in her unusual career choice. She opted for Wrestling as a career motivated by her Grandfather, who himself was a wrestler.
“I never knew what an Olympics was. I wanted to become a sportsperson to travel in an aeroplane. If you can represent India, you can board a plane and fly.”
Sakshi’s International career started from winning a Bronze medal at a Junior World Championship in 2010. She has won quite a few other medals:
- Bronze medal in Commonwealth Championships (Johannesburg) in 2013
- Silver Medal at Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) in 2014
- Bronze Medal at Asian Championships (Doha) in 2015
- Bronze Medal in 58 Kg category (Rio) in 2016
After the Bronze win at Rio, Sakshi Malik says:
“I know my life has changed now. I’m not able to see it now, but I think after I return home it will be different life altogether. Din raat ka change hone wala hai(The difference will be like day and night)”.
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Sakshi’s success is India’s success. With this, we wish her all the best to her for her future.
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