Fatima Bano : Wrestling Coach
Fatima Bano does not hide behind a veil like other women of her Muslim community - she works as a wrestling coach.
Breaking taboo in the conservative society, Bano took up wrestling as a profession and boldly challenges her male counterparts who do not provide enough space to women aspirants. Despite stiff family opposition, Bano was the first woman to fetch a gold medal for her state Madhya Pradesh, which also conferred upon her the highest award for excellence in her field.
A staunch believer in women empowerment, Bano refuses to differentiate between male and female students.
"I teach the same techniques to young boys and girls which I have learnt from my coach. Moreover, I also train them with new techniques which I pick up during my international tours," says Bano.
Bano who mastered the art under a male coach, Shakir Noor, believes that dedication can make all the difference.
Her students are all praise for her devotion and commitment to work.
"We have improved a lot with the training we have been given. We have learnt not only the techniques of the game but also the intricacies involved," said Mohammad Asif, a student.
But like other talents in India, Bano also faces financial crunch. She is awaiting government aid to further boost her efforts.
"The administration has provided no help at all even after I won so many award and fetched a gold medal," said Bano.
She feels that success is ingrained in the mind of a sportsperson and that a disciplined mind is the key to achievement.