Sakshi Malik wins bronze in Rio Olympics: This moment must inspire ourselves to turn Indian sport, says Anand Mahindra

By: | Updated: August 18, 2016 12:10 PM

Sakshi Malik's bronze medal in Rio Olympics not only won applause from sportspersons and commoners but also from India Inc's top leaders. One of the first to wish Sakshi Malik was Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group.

The 23-year-old grappler from Rohtak in Haryana won a bronze medal after beating Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in women's 58 kg freestyle category ending India's painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games. (Reuters)The 23-year-old grappler from Rohtak in Haryana won a bronze medal after beating Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in women’s 58 kg freestyle category ending India’s painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games. (Reuters)

Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal in Rio Olympics not only won applause from sportspersons and commoners but also from India Inc’s top leaders. One of the first to wish Sakshi Malik was Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group. Mahindra took to Twitter to wish the Haryana girl, “#SakshiMalik has salvaged the pride of a billion people. This must become the moment when we inspire ourselves to turn Indian sport around.” For India, this was the fifth wrestling bronze medal in Olympic history since 1952 when Kashaba Jadhav became its first individual medallist. This feat comes after nearly 12 days of frustrating wait for the elusive medal. Cutting across party lines, political leaders took to social media to wish Sakshi Malik. Haryana government led by Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs 2.5 crore and a government job for her.

The 23-year-old grappler from Rohtak in Haryana won a bronze medal after beating Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in women’s 58 kg freestyle category ending India’s painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Earlier, she had suffered a big setback as she went down 2-9 against Russia’s Valeriia Koblova in the quarter-finals. Speaking to reporters after her victory, Sakshi Malik said, “I was confident of winning a medal and kept on trying till the last.

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This is a result of my struggle all these years. I have seen the game changing in last 2 seconds, so though why not in 10 seconds, adding she tried her best and did it.” Sakshi’s brother and sister were very happy after her win and said, “Bronze medal is a Raakhi gift to the entire nation.”

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Speaking to news agency ANI Mustafa Ghouse, CEO, JSW Sports, who sponsored Sakshi Malik said, “It’s a huge day, we are very happy to be part of Sakshi’s journey so far. And it’s a big day for India and the entire Olympic contingent.”

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