In an effort to promote ‘Nari Shakti’, the Indian Army has recruited four deserving sportswomen into the Military Police Corps as direct entry Hhavildars under its Olympic Mission Programme.
While Sakshi and Arundhati Choudhary have become recruits due to their boxing prowess, wrestlers Bhateri and Priyanka will also share the uniform with them. The sports talent hunt initiative is also linked to the government’s larger move to open various branches of the three services – Army, Air Force and Navy – to women. The next Olympic Games will be held in France in 2024.
They have created history by becoming the pioneers to represent the Indian Army in the women’s category by participating in the 6th Elite Women’s National Boxing and Wrestling Championship 2022 (December 19-26, 2022) at Bhopal and the National Wrestling Senior Championship (December 21-21, 2022). 23 December 2022) in Vishakhapatnam, the Army said in a statement. Arundhati and Sakshi are the world junior boxing champions.
Promoting sports workers
“The Indian Army has a distinguished tradition of promoting and promoting sports personnel and runs a well-structured program called ‘Mission Olympics’. Earlier this year, Summy, an international athlete who excels in 400m athletics, and Jasmine Lamboria, India’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist in boxing, The army also hired them,” the statement said.
The performance of armed forces athletes in the Olympics has increased. Almost half of the Tokyo Olympic medals won by the Indian contingent were from the armed forces. In fact, the biggest icon of track and field sports is javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, a Subedar of the Rajputana Rifles. And the athlete who won the first Olympic medal in shooting was Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
The Defense Ministry has named the stadium of the Army Institute of Sports as ‘Neeraj Chopra Stadium’, an ode to his tremendous international achievement.