Sport is universal in nature. In earlier days only men used to participate in most of the sports and women were not allowed to participate. Earlier women faced many constraints such as physiological, psychological, family, social, cultural; religious and so on but later they also started active participation in all events.
Women sports participants face many constraints or hurdles during their sports career. Such constraints prevent them from either staying involved in sports or prevent them from training.
Still, in India female handball players are not recognized the way female cricketers, hockey and badminton players are recognized. Recently girls handball team participated in 15th Asian Junior Girl Handball Championship under 19 held in Beirut, Lebanon. Only participation is not important. We should provide the best coaching and facilities to play well and to get medals. We all should encourage girls handball game in India and open a government-funded coaching centre to support players.
Campaigns for women sports participation should be encouraged in all schools, colleges and universities. Government, private bodies should conduct a regular awareness programme for women sports participation and should encourage them. The families should also support their girls to participate in all type of sports without any hesitation/social burden and not even think that what people say.
Now the time has changed and the Indian women are proving their capacity and marking their name in the top list of world scholars, scientists, doctors and sports championship.
Recently P.V. Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were conferred with the country’s highest sports award—Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and other awards.
Media and sponsors can also play a bigger role in shaping or breaking gender bias in the recognition of sports personalities. Still, female sports players & their support staff getting lesser fee rather than male sports players.
Women can get more medals in the National and International arena than men if encouraged and provided the best sports training facilities.