Sakshi Malik is a golden name in Indian history. This name was not recognized till 2016 summer Olympics. She won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category. And became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country.
But the struggle Sakshi Malik done in not known to world. Malik was born on 3 September 1992 in Mokhra village of Rohtok district of Haryana to Sukhbir. She was a bus conductor in Delhi Transport Corporation and her father Sudesh Malik, a supervisor at a local Anganwadi (health clinic). Sakshi malik motivated for wrestling from seeing her grandfather Badhlu Ram, who was also a wrestler according her father. Hence she started her wrestling training at the age of 12 years. She was under coach Ishwar Dahiya at akhara in Chhotu Ram Stadium of Rohtak. Its was not easy for shakshi and her coach to do training they had many obstacles from locals because locals think that wrestling is only for boys not for Girls.
Not only locals but in Indian majority thinks that women are only housewifes not for sports. Malik is currently employed in Indian Railways in commercial department of its Delhi division in northern railway zone and also part of JSW sports Excellence Program. She has completed master degree in physical education from maharshi dayanand University of Rohtak. Sakshi promoted from senior clerk to gazette officer rank when she won bronze medal in Rio 2016.
Sakshi Malik recognition and Awards:-
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna(2016): – highest sporting honour of India.
- Multiple cash prizes totaling over 5 crore Rupee from the Indian Railways, the Indian Olympic Association, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Delhi Government, various state governments, including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and from private bodies such as the JSW Group.
- Promotion to gazetted officer rank by her employer, the Indian Railways.
Rio 2016 Summer Olympics:-
In May 2016,malik qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating China’s Zhang Lan in the 58 kg category semifinal at the Olympic World qualifying tournament in may 2016. At Olympics she won her Round of 32 bout against Sweden’s Johanna Mattsson. And 16 round bout against Moldova’s Mariana Cherdivara. Sakshi Malik lose quarterfinal to eventual finalist Valeria Koblova of Russia. But qualified for repechage round where she defeated Pürevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her 1st bout. With this golden chance she won bronze medal after a 8-5 victory over the reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan trailing 0–5 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff. And became India‘s first female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.