This week has turned out to be a gold digger for women all over the world in different sports, right from weightlifting to boxing tournaments. Let’s take a quick look at how this week fared for women in different fields.
1. A Vaccination Campaign on Whatsapp by Asha Workers in Rajasthan
ASHA workers in Rajasthan has helped fix the vaccine story by campaigning on WhatsApp. The journey initially started with an aim to create awareness among the masses regarding covid vaccination by visiting door to door. But that didn’t work well. So, they started sharing videos of prominent people, which included doctors, senior bureaucrats and public representatives getting vaccinated through social media to convince people that it is safe to get vaccinated. This drive has triggered people to join the campaign and get vaccinated in large number in Rajasthan.
2. Veronika Kudermetova Won Charleston WTA Title
The 15th-seeded Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova won her maiden title at Charleston WTA by defeating Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic. She dominated the court throughout the match and defeated Kovinic in straight sets by 6-4, 6-2. The turning point of the match was the second set in which she broke Kovinic in the seventh game by claiming a 5-2 lead and after that, comfortably winning the set. The finals lasted for 1 hr 36 min. Kudermetova didn’t drop a set and also, didn’t drop more than four games in any of the 12 sets that she played which in itself is a big achievement.
3. Kenisha Gupta Bags Gold in Women’s 50m Freestyle Event
Swimmer Kenisha Gupta grabs a gold medal in a 50m freestyle event at the Uzbekistan Open Championship. Earlier this week, Kenisha finished first in 100m and 200m freestyle events. Also, she clocked her personal best by finishing the 50m freestyle event in 26.61 sec. Along with this, Kenisha is also part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) development group.
4. Mirabai Chanu Won a Bronze Medal at Asian Weightlifting Championship
The former world champion Mirabai Chanu has made a strong comeback by setting a new world record in 49 kg clean and jerk winning a bronze medal at Asian Championship. She lifted 86 kg in snatch and a world record of 119kg in clean and jerk for a total of 205kg. With this event, she completed six mandatory qualifying events which have made her eligible and confirmed her Tokyo Olympics spot.
5. Vinesh Phogat and Anshu Malik Clinch Gold Medals at Asian Wrestling Championship
Olympic-bound wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Anshu Malik won gold medals in their respective categories at the Asian Wrestling Championship held in Almaty. Not only this, India has grabbed a total of seven medals from the women’s event as four gold, one silver and two bronze medals were won by the women wrestlers in this event. With this win, wrestler Sonam Malik and Anshu Malik were included among six Tokyo-bound athletes in the TOPS core group.
6. Indian Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan Signs for the Icelandic Club “Hamar Hveragerdi”
Indian women team’s goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan signs for Hamar Hveragerdi and is all set to play for this Icelandic club. This good news was shared by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on its official Twitter account. This is going to be the second time the Indian goalkeeper will be playing her trade outside the country. Previously, she has played for West Ham United Ladies for two seasons in England on the basis of a semi-professional contract.
7. Arundhati and Babyrojisana Enter Quarterfinals of Youth World Boxing Championship
Arundhati Choudhary and Babyrojisana Chanu advanced in the quarterfinals of the Youth World Boxing Championship in their respective categories of 69kg and 51kg. Arundhati is a three-time gold winner at Khelo India Games. She defeated Colombia’s Deyaneira Casas Jerez to reach the quarterfinals.
8. Ankita Raina Lost to Anastasija Sevastova at Billie Jean King Cup
Indian tennis player Ankita Raina has lost to Anastasija Sevastova in a must-win play-offs match which has sent back the Indian team to the Asia/Oceania group of the Billie Jean King Cup. Although, Raina showed a fighting spirit in the second set of the match but wasn’t enough for the win.
9. Venus Williams Set to Play Madrid Open As a Wild Card
Tennis star Venus Williams is all set to play at the Madrid Open as she has accepted the wild-card invitation to play in the event. She has last played the tournament in 2018 and won the doubles in 2016 at Wimbledon with her sister Serena Williams.