Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza believes India still has lot to do to bring women at par with men in sports.
“Today, we can name at least 10 superstar sportswomen like Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Mary Kom, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik. We could not do this 10 years ago. So, we have come a long way (in women empowerment in sports) but still a lot needs to be done for women in sports,” Sania said.
Sania is the first Indian woman to win a tennis Grand Slam title in doubles and mixed doubles.
Speaking at a panel discussion ‘Women Shaping the Future’, organised as part of the 35th annual session of the FICCI Ladies Organisation, Sania said, “I have been saying for long that women should be paid equal prize money with men. This discrimination is in all sports world wide.”
Sania is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and has a son.