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The numbers show that very few people in this country are concerned with women playing football. Sports persons like Saina Nehwal (Badminton), Sania Mirza (tennis), Anju Bobby George ( track and field) , Dola Banerjee (archery), and Mary Kom (boxing ) have made the headlines with their achievements. But how many people really know of Indian women footballers like Oinam Bembem Devi or Shanti Mullick — the only woman footballer to receive the Arjuna award, India’s premier sporting honour, Yolanda D’ Souza , and Chaoba Devi? .
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They put their best foot forward to play and it was more than a game! They played freestyle, sometimes juggling and at other times dribbling along. Amidst cries of ecstasy and agony, every mood got savoured till the last drop; yet hungry for more, they lived by their motto “Ludo Ergo Sum” [I play, therefore I am].
Having travelled the first leg of their journey together, they soon felt it was time to carry the excitement beyond the fence and into the world that lay beyond.
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Aparajita Dutta is a passionate writer and ardent football lover. Apart from her blog, she also writes for GOALden Times. (www.goaldentimes.org).
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