It is an undeniable fact that the sportswomen of India have outperformed their male counterparts in 2016. Breaking all social barriers, conservative norms, they have achieved great heights. If winning is the benchmark of success, then they won too.

Pv Sindhu’s  shouldered all expectations in women’s badminton in the Olympics after Saina Nehwal’s injury, that cut her dream short.

She magnificently to storm into the finals. In  the final step – losing out to Carolina Marin, fighting till the last point – her efforts were unmatched by the male counterparts.

Apart from the silver medal at the Olympics, she also won the China Open Super Series and the Malaysia Masters.What an example to set!

Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have conveyed the story of women empowerment in India.

Sakshi comes from rural areas of Haryana from a deeply conservative and patriarchal society. Though women taking up sports is deeply condemned and criticized, the young wrestler overcame all the barriers, fighting all ends. She imprinted her mark in her village forever when she won the bronze medal in Rio,proving them wrong.

From the rural areas of Tripura, she went on to become the first Indian women gymnast to ever participate in the Olympics. Dipa missed out on a medal by a whisker, finishing fourth by a fraction of points. But her Deepa Karmakar jump of death in

Aditi Ashok, the 18-year-old golfer from Bengaluru twon back-to-back tournaments, namely, Hero Women’s Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open and also gained her LPGA tour card for 2017. An Indian woman created a niche for herself by embracing a not so popular Indian game.

Surprisingly enough U-18 women’s rugby team finished third in an Asian tournament! This is by far the best performance by any rugby team from India. First golf and now Rugby, not at all mainstream, isn’t it?

This year, hockey regained some of its lost glory. The women team won its first ever Asian Champions Trophy and qualified for the Olympics after a gap of 36 years.

Sania Mirza has been ruling especially in the doubles discipline, for a while now. This year she won the most sought after Australian Open along with two other WTA titles.

As for cricket, the women’s team won the T20 Asia Cup, an excellent performance all around.

It’s a tragedy, but it’s true. And what adds to that, sports, as a career option, is in its infancy in this country. Still if it is a boy, parents may encourage any notion of a career in sports. But for a girl child, this encouragement from parents is light years away.

The eight-year old girl Tajamul Islam made India proud when she won theWorld Kickboxing Championship in Italy in November.

She is from a lesser known village in Kashmir called Tarkpor. No proper infrastructure was available. Yet she trained in an open field with makeshift equipment and went on to become the world champion.

Why is it, that we are highlighting only women achievers?  Promoting feminism?  Well, since ages such prodigies were caged by the bars of gender, family, child birth, domestic works and field in most parts rural India. This year many of these talents emerged to be the assets of the same country and countrymen. The have finally uncaged themselves.