While sports is mostly known for creating the most remarkable athletes, colourful characters, and some memorable heroes, sports loyalists have only witnessed a small throng of individuals leave as significant a legacy with their wisdom and thoughts as they have with their ability. Well, it is most often the euphoric addresses that have us enamoured and somehow get us riled up for what we now firmly believe is possible. In that vein, The Bridge has sifted over the glories of all the sports, seeking to look out for a few uber-inspirational quotations in the history of Indian sports.
#10 “Never Buy Gold, Simply Earn It.”- Mary Kom
Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. The only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Mary Kom has many quotes that could have made this list, but we thought we’d get her out of the way early.
#9 “A Reporter Asked Me Why Do I Want The Olympic Medal? It’s The Only Thing I Have Worked For All My Life And I Continue To Do So. Everyday!”- P T Usha
Remembered as the youngest Indian sprinter to compete in an Olympic event at a tender age of 16, P T Usha is always thought of as the victor. And 35 years later, she continues to be one of India’s glittering prospects in the athletic ecosystem. That’s Usha, more eminently addressed as the ‘Queen of Indian Track and Field’.
#8 “We Can’t Be Brave Without Fear.”- Yogeshwar Dutt
The 2012 Summer Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt was an amazing freestyle wrestler, and nothing got him to where he wanted to be more than preparing. So, we’d say he has room to talk about preparation.