Having represented India in the 8th Asian Soft Tennis Championship in Japan this November, she aims to wave the Tricolour at Asian Games. We are talking about a young woman from Uttar Pradesh who wishes to make a career in sports; her name is Mariyam Khan.
Mariyam was awarded the coveted Shankar Sahai Mauranwa Gold Medal at Lucknow University’s convocation. The medal is awarded to the sportsperson who has the best academic record. This shows that she is as focused in her studies as her passion for sports. She has already started preparing for other tournaments and wishes to represent India for Tennis in other international matches. “I am preparing for Asian Games to be held in 2018. I am pursuing MBA but will make a career in sports,” said Mariyam.
Another inspirational young lady from Lucknow’s Jai Narain PG College won the Pierre Gold Medal for the best sportsperson. Vijay Laxmi represented Uttar Pradesh at three national level steeplechase tournaments and won them all. “I have won 800 meters, steeplechase racing and cross-country race. My aim is to run for the country in the Olympics,” said Vijay Laxmi, who comes from a humble background.
Both these sportswomen were shortlisted and finalized for these prestigious awards by Lucknow University Athletic Association framed under Akhilesh Government. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has always motivated sports to flourish in the state. For the development of the game and the sportsperson alike, Akhilesh Yadav has brought infrastructure of international standards to our home state. Many facilities, like better training, pensions for sportspersons, awards, recognition, and monetary help from the government has put UP in the limelight when it comes to sports development in the country.
Social Samajwadi would like to congratulate these two young women and hope they continue to make us proud!