|Marathon 2016, “RUN FOR GIRL CHILD”
“Sheer persistence led my career to success”- Geeta Phogat, CWG Gold Medalist
Rohatak, November 6th: The need to protect and nurture the girl child, empower her with education and provide her a platform to realise her dreams in the realm of education and sports was emphasised today by the first ever gold medalist in women’s wrestling in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Ms Geeta Phogat and Dronacharya Awardee, Mr. Mahavir Singh Phogat in the ‘Run for the Girl Child Mini Marathon’ 2016 organised by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak.
The relentless determination and consequent success of the Phogat family has been the inspiration behind the upcoming biopic ‘Dangal’, starring Aamir Khan. The event also witnessed the presence of Kavita, 2014 Asian Games gold medalist in Kabaddi.
Despite facing skepticism from the society for years and the lack of opportunities and facilities, Mr. Phogat recalled how the only thing that mattered was the will to succeed. Ms. Geeta Phogat said, “It is a matter of pride for us that the success of the girls in our family has inspired thousands of other girls to chase their dreams.” However, she added that most people quit too early expecting quick results which leads to the end of many prospective careers.
The Mini-Marathon saw enthusiastic participation from the people of Haryana and the NCR. The Marathon was held in three categories; a 10-km run, a 5-km run for both boys and girls and a 3-km run for children below 12 years. The event was attended by Dr. Atanu Rakshit , and Nirmalya Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson, Marathon 2016.