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Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and other sportswomen honoured at Zee News FAIRPLAY

The ZEE News FAIRPLAY, a special day for women achievers in the field of sports, recognised and honoured the special achievements by Indian sportswomen. Union minister for information and broadcasting, Smriti Zubin Irani, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State Telecom and Railways Manoj Sinha and Minister of State Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel were present at the function, which took place at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.
“Women are coming forward in the sporting arena and it is a welcome development. It is a great sign for our country that our women athletes are winning on the world stage,” said Irani.
Javadekar thanked Zee Media for the event and said that all the awardees have struggled a lot to reach the pinnacle of their sport. He added that their stories are an inspiration for the entire country.
Manoj Sinha and Anupriya Patel spoke about the hard work and tough training followed by the awardees. They expressed hope that all these athletes will continue to do well and bring more laurels for the country.
Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra expressed his happiness at women sportsperson basking in the limelight. “It is great pleasure for me that Zee Media is felicitating sports women. Women are more powerful and dedicated then men. In our society the men have always looked down upon women. But women are not weak. We will strive to bring more sports women forward,” said Dr Chandra.
The sportswomen who were lauded included rifle shooter Anjali Bhagwat, badminton players Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, tennis player Sania Mirza, Paralympic javelin player Deepa Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, boxer MC Mary Kom, weightlifter Karnam Malleswari, discus thrower Krishna Poonia, wrestler Sakshi Malik, heptathlon athlete Anju Bobby George and kabbadi coach Sunil Dabas. The Indian Women Cricket and Hockey team were also present.

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