Sakshi Malik became a public sensation after she became the first woman from the Indian sub-continent to win an Olympic medal in wrestling. Her success has broughtabout a paradigm shift to the perception of girl child and women in the patriarchal state of Haryana, where sport was ‘not for girls’. Today, she is idolised as a role model for women all over the country, and is also the face of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padao” campaign.
20-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the javelin throw at the Asian Games. He dominated the competition with a mammoth 88.06m throw, setting a new national record. In the process, Neeraj also became the second Indian track and field athlete, joining the league of legend Milkha Singh, to win back-to-back gold medals in the Commonwealth and Asian Games in the same year.
Rishabh is an Indian professional cricketer from Delhi. He was named in India’s squad for the 2016 Under -19 Cricket World Cup. In the same year, Rishabh grabbed the attention of many when he scored the fastest century in the Ranji Trophy, from just 48 balls. Soon, he became popular as the third-youngest Indian and fourth overall to score a triple century in the first-class cricket.