She kept switching the channels - various News channels showcasing India's achievements on all the events that were held for past 13 days in commonwealth Games 2010. India beat England in the medals tally and finished 2nd overall! She saw all the smiling faces being shown, those who had won the medals for India and made our country proud.
She was both happy and sad. Happy with the achievements but sad for the winners!
8 years back she had been beaming and smiling. People surrounded her and wished her. Camera-persons came behind her to take her video, Photographers to capture her photo with medal. She felt happy for getting recognized, after all she had won Gold Medal for her country. She felt proud. As she gave interviews and posed for photographs, she sincerely hoped that now things should be smoother. With her achievement, Sports Ministry should try and help more aspiring athletes by providing good facilities and training and fund them for coaches. She felt her Achievement would be a gateway for India's future in all forms of games.
She fought all her way to achieve her dream, and make her country proud! She fought with society and broke the shackles which expected girls to be at home and cook. There were no good training facilities and coaches, but despite that she learnt. She went out of her place to meet new people and improve herself. There were no good accomodations and she had to struggle to live in a decent place. But she fought.
Her goal - Was to make India Proud.
But alas, that was not to be the case. 8 years later she was a forgotten face and her country never acknowledged her. Not just to the public but also those involved in her games had forgotten her. Right now she felt like a loser! And she knew that the same will happen to all those winners this time.
Right now they all are living a dream an soon will be hit by reality!
P.S - Apart from Cricket and Cricketers, none of the games/sports or the sportspersons have been as recognized. Even today the sportspersons struggle. The winners we see on TV will soon be forgotten except one or two maybe. "She" in the story, could actually be any player/winner of previous games whom we simply don't know now.
P.P.S - This is a small tribute to all those forgotten heroes - Achievers/winners from different games/sports who have made India Proud at sometimes!