10 Unrecognized Indian Athletes Who Never Got Their Due Despite Bringing Home Medals

Indians are generally known to be sports lovers, and are extremely loyal to the players who represent their teams in front of the entire world and bring home awards. They will not accept any disrespect towards their country’s players. Remember when Maria Sharapova said she doesn’t know who Sachin Tendulkar is? Yes, they get furious. But then again, that was cricket.

Unrecognized Indian Athletes

Plenty of other sports are played in the country; plenty of honours have been brought home. Unfortunately, the ‘other’ athletes often get treated like the step-children. Here are 10 Unrecognized Indian Athletes Who Never Got Their Due Despite Their Wins.

10 Unrecognized Indian Athletes Who Never Got Their Due Despite Bringing Home Medals

10. Sita Sahu

Sita Sahu hails from Madhya Pradesh. She is a double Special Olympics medalist from the country. When she was hardly 15 years old age, she participated in the 2011 Special Olympics at Athens. The Special Olympics is the largest competition in the world for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, in which athletes from 170 countries participate. Sita brought home bronze medals in 1600 and 200 m races. But now, she is counted Unrecognized Indian Athletes Who Never Got Their Due Despite Their Wins, as she struggles to support her family of six and earns Rs. 180 a day, selling gol gappe in Dhobiya Tanke in Rewa.

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9. Makhan Singh

Makhan Sing was an athlete during the 60s. He won a number of medals, starting at the bronze in the National Games 1959, followed by a gold in the short sprint and a silver in the 300 m in the following tournament. He then won 16 medals in the subsequent National Games. He even represented India in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, and brought home a relay gold in 4 x 400 m, and a silver in the 400 m. He also joined the Indian army, and retired in 1972. Yet, he is one of the Unrecognized Indian Athletes Who Never Got Their Due Despite Their Wins. A leg accident caused his life to take an unfortunate turn. He died in 2002, and today, his wife survives by mortgaging his medals.

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8. Shanti Devi

Unrecognized Indian Athletes
Untold Story of Sports Legend – Shanti Devi

Shanti Devi is a former kabaddi player who was on the Bihar team. She represented the undivided Bihar team in the 30th, 31st and 32nd National Kabaddi Championships during the 80s, and went on to win it in ‘82 and ’83 at Jamshedpur and Amravati, respectively. In fact, she played for the team more than 30 times in different championships. She won the Bihar Kabaddi Federal Championship. She led the team to gain several medals. 40 year old Shanti Devi, one of the Unrecognized Indian Athletes Who Never Got Their Due Despite Their Wins, sells vegetables at the Sonari Aerodrome Market at Jamshedpur to feed her four children. She hides her medals, so that her children don’t ever play the sport.

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