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    Gems of Haryana: Sakshi Malik Makes It to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List

    Haryana, known for its rich heritage and vibrant culture, has yet again produced a gem that shines on the global stage. Sakshi Malik, the illustrious wrestler and Olympic champion hailing from the heart of Haryana has been honoured with a coveted spot on TIME Magazine’s prestigious list of the 100 Most Influential People.

    The Triumph of Sakshi Malik

    Gems of Haryana: Sakshi Malik
    Gems of Haryana: Sakshi Malik

    Born on September 3, 1992, in the village of Mokhra in Rohtak district, Sakshi Malik’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. Wrestling wasn’t just a sport for her—it was a passion ignited in the ancestral akhada (wrestling arena) of her village, which dates back over 60 years. Here, under the guidance of revered coaches like Madiya Pahalwan, Sakshi honed her skills alongside some of India’s finest wrestlers.

    Sakshi’s tryst with wrestling began at the tender age of 12. Despite initial reservations from her mother about pursuing wrestling—a sport not conventionally favored for girls—Sakshi’s unwavering determination and a string of victories quickly established wrestling as her calling.

    A Champion’s Journey

    Gems of Haryana: Sakshi Malik
    Gems of Haryana: Sakshi Malik

    Sakshi’s journey to greatness wasn’t without hurdles. Her father, Sukhbir Malik, a bus conductor by profession, supported her dreams amidst societal norms that often discouraged girls from pursuing unconventional sports. Overcoming stereotypes and defying odds, Sakshi Malik emerged as India’s first woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal—a bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

    TIME Magazine’s Recognition

    TIME Magazine’s acknowledgment of Sakshi Malik in its prestigious list underscores not only her sporting prowess but also her advocacy against social injustices. Sakshi’s relentless campaign against sexual harassment in wrestling, particularly her vocal stance against former coach Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, reflects her courage and commitment beyond the wrestling mat.

    Gems of Haryana: Sakshi Malik
    Gems of Haryana
    Celebrating Diversity and Impact

    Sakshi Malik’s inclusion in TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List is a testament to her remarkable journey from the dusty akhadas of Haryana to the global stage. Alongside stalwarts like Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, World Bank President Ajay Banga, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Sakshi’s impact transcends borders and inspires millions.

    Conclusion

    Sakshi Malik’s story embodies the essence of resilience, determination, and empowerment. Her rise from humble beginnings to international acclaim exemplifies the indomitable spirit of Haryana. As Sakshi continues to break barriers and inspire generations, her journey remains a beacon of hope and pride for Haryana and the nation.

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