Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:
Bhubaneswar, Oct 28: Noting that being a woman celebrity is the hardest task in India, ace tennis player Sania Mirza has called for change in attitude among the people and asked sportswomen to stand up and fight for themselves.
“I think being a woman celebrity is the hardest thing in India. People will ask many things, what you wear, how you speak, when you will have a baby and other things,” Sania said while participating in a talk show organized by the Press Club of Odisha here Sunday.
Speaking on ‘Women in sports, the way ahead’, Sania asked women sportspersons to look beyond small things and first change their own attitude.
“When a woman wants to do something on her own way, she is criticised, dubbed as a rebel.”
“I (too) was stated an arrogant. However, I stuck to my guns and today I am at this place. We have to fight in order to move forward in this men’s world,” Sania said.
Leading women sportspersons of the state were felicitated on this occasion.
Former India women’s football captain Shradhanjali Samantray was presented Lifetime Achievement Award along with a cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh. Eminent chess player Padmini Rout received the Spirit of Sports award while shooter Shreyanka Sarangi was honoured with Sportswoman of the year award. Both received cash awards of RS 25,000 each.
Young table tennis player Samartha Prusty received Emerging Talent of the Year Award and a cash award of Rs 15,000.