Shri Sisodia said that women in sports have to go through several barriers when it comes to convincing parents, getting training and achieving their goals. The Kejriwal government is determined to provide them with the required support at every step. For this, Delhi Government has built several sports facilities across Delhi Government Schools to train students professionally and help them to participate in various national and international games.
He added that Delhi Sports University, a dedicated institution to sports has been set up by the Delhi Government which will begin the training of 250 budding sportspersons from the upcoming session. It will have the best-trained coaches and sportspersons to train the students at the international level.
The BBC’s Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award was given to Olympian Chanu Saikhom Mirabai, Indian Cricketer Shefali Verma was awarded the Emerging player of the year award. *Retired Indian Weightlifter and Vice-Chancellor of Delhi Sports University Karnam Malleshwari was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award*
Speaking at the award ceremony, Ms. Karnam Malleshwari said that it is a great opportunity for me to be appointed as VC of Delhi Sports University. I missed the gold medal by just 2 kgs in the Sydney Olympics 2000. As a mentor, I will put all my efforts into bringing it home.
Others awarded at the event were para-badminton player Palak Kohli, Paralympic Javelin Thrower Devendra Jhajharia, Olympics Champion-ace Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Wrestler Ravi Dahiya, Wrestler Bajrang Puniya, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, World Badminton Champion P. V Sindhu, paralympian rifle shooter Avani Lekhara. Along with the aforementioned players, the Indian men’s hockey team, as well as the women’s hockey team, were also awarded.