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Athletes Speak is a platform that connects athletes with fans through the power of storytelling. The section aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and to publish first-person stories directly from athletes.

One needs to embrace highs and lows of life | By Ashwini Akkunji

I remember running into the vast open grounds as a kid. In my village, there were no tracks, no restrictions, and no rules. We could run as we wanted to run and we could run where we wanted to...

You can’t run away from your problems, you have to stand up and fight | By Dutee Chand

I got into running because of my elder sister. When I was a kid, of around five or six, she had been taking part in long-distance races. She told me that Dutee, you also start running and see the benefits. To...

Our ultimate aim for the World Cup is to reach the summit | By Lilima Minz

It was during the Korean tour in March, earlier this year that I earned my 100th international cap. It was an exhilarating feeling to have achieved that particular milestone, but in spite of all my experience, I strongly feel...

Everybody excels in their own time, you just need to be patient | By Divya Dhayal

Taking up the field of sports in India can be challenging. Luckily for me, almost my entire family is made up of sportspersons. My Father is a national level archer. It is because of him that me, my brother, and my...

A goalscorer is not necessarily the only hero of the team | By Reena Khokhar

As a young child growing up in Chandigarh, my primary focus was to do well academically and study hard in school. I was not too much into sports as a kid. Back then, I was more inclined towards watching cartoons...

The night before my Commonwealth Games event, I had to be held together with tapes | By Sathish Sivalingam

I remember the moments leading up to my turns in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. My coach Vijay Sharma was the pillar during those moments. "You may not be physically fit, make sure you use your mental toughness to win...

I secretly nursed the desire to be a goalkeeper | By Deep Grace Ekka

I belong to a small village in Sundargarh district in Odisha, and I didn’t know much about hockey in the early days. As a child, I pretty much participated in every available sport at the school level and felt happy whenever...

Swimming is a road less traveled in our country but that needs to change | By Virdhawal Khade

Times are changing; swimming is going to be a major discipline in our country in the upcoming years! Moving the focus outside the oval ground and the 22-yard strip will push forward a lot of sports and open new...

Shooting has had a lasting effect on my personality | By Anjum Moudgil

It all started with my mother taking me to the shooting range as a child. She herself did a little bit of shooting when she was in college and the love of the sport was probably in my blood....

It’s only persistence that opens bigger platforms for you | By Sunita Lakra

It was back in 2002 my father introduced me to hockey. As an eleven-year-old, I was not sure whether it would suit me. I was skeptical in my earlier days but he inculcated a belief in me and dragged...