India is a sports-loving nation and has a special space in India. We are blessed to have Word class athletes and players which has produced so many great sportsmen in every sport. In recent times Indian women athletes have amazed us by breaking the gender barrier and created a niche which inspired the future generation. Players like Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, Mithali Raj, Saina Nehwal, Geeta Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Deepa Malik, PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Mithali Raj to name a few have reached the top against odds and also made us proud by being trailblazers the best game-changers we will ever know. They have taught us to look beyond gender stereotypes and paved the way to empower us all.
Today we are all set to talk about inspirational story of the Sportswomen Who Will Represent India At Asia Rugby’s “Unstoppables” Campaign. Yes, you guessed it right we are talking Sandhya Rai, Sumitra Nayak& Vahbiz Bharucha are three ‘passionate & unstoppable’ women will represent India in the global World Rugby campaign titled ‘Unstoppables.’
Rugby is not a popular sport in our country and world Rugby’s ‘Unstoppable’ campaign was started to create awareness and enhance participation by initiating dialogue through inspiring stories of women and girls involved in rugby at all levels of the game. The stories of these players will inspire you as well as breaking the glass ceiling by participating and showing how rugby played a crucial role in empowering them.
While interacting with the Asian Rugby, World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont, “From the highest levels of the sport’s governance to grassroots participation, we are wholly committed to driving gender-balance and ensuring that women have equal opportunities both on and off the field, driving increased involvement and engagement in the women’s game from fans, audiences, players and investors.”
Sandhya Rai has gone through own struggle from very early age and hailed from Baikanthapur forest, located in the east of Siliguri. Her family earned their livelihood by working in a tea garden, she defied all the odds and decided to take a different path post finishing school. Sandhya soon discovered her true calling and started excelling in the sport, which started a new journey in her career. Nine girls from this remote village overcame hardships through passion and dedication and have played rugby for India. On Wednesday, December 23, Sandhya was announced as India’s Unstoppable.
As per sources, Sandhya also launched ‘Pass For Passion’, a campaign by the Jungle Crows to raise funds for their Khelo Rugby project aimed to create opportunities for young players.
A short film has also been made on Sandhya’s story, highlighting in the impact she and her friends have had on their village and its directed by Kolkata film-maker Rohan Chakravarty.