Kashmir's first women grappler Nahida Nabi on Thursday has urged the people of Jammu & Kashmir to allow their daughters to play wrestling or any other sport in order to fulfill their dreams. She also gave a slogan to promote her idea- 'Beti ko Pahalwan Banao'. He also mentioned that with the help of the government she could coach a team herself. Nahida Nabi was participating in the 'Mission Dosti Maha Dangal' wrestling competition in Katra, Jammu. The competition was organised as a part of the ongoing Navratri celebrations in Jammu.
Appealing to PM Modi she said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the slogan of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' but I want to add 'Beti Ko Pahalwan Banao' so that the girls in the Kashmir Valley can chase and fulfill their dreams. I want to appeal to girls in Kashmir to come out, play whatever you want to and make everyone proud."
Despite no wrestling coach agreeing to guide her, she asserted, ''I am determined to represent the country, play at the international level.'' Lastly, Nahida thanked her mentors Nisha Sharma and Ashiq Kumar who coached her initially and still stand by her as mentors whenever she needs them.
Nahida Nabi: If govt makes adjustments for me, I can coach a team which can participate in events. Girls here don't know value of sports. I'm appealing to PM Modi 'Beti padhao, beti bachao, beti ko badhao, aur beti ko pehelwan banao'. I appeal the youth to come in sports. (03.10) https://t.co/ODs0ZVlVpQ pic.twitter.com/Rt9iYYeBSu— ANI (@ANI) October 4, 2019
Nabi participated in her first Senior National Wrestling Championship in 2018 at Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. She has wrestling at a high level for the last four years now. Although she could not do well in the competition, her desire for a medal did not stop and only made her more committed and dedicated to wrestling.
Walking down the memory lane, Nahida recalled that she was good at Kabaddi when she was pursuing her education at the University of Jammu but her friend turned coach, advised her to be a wrestler.
''I was taught to change some techniques of Kabaddi after which I fell in love with wrestling, found it interesting and finally decided to go ahead with the sport. I want to play at an international level and serve in Kashmir valley to coach my girls so that they come out and play despite all odds,'' she said.
(with ANI inputs)