Fazilka, January 20
Despite the blot of female foeticide on the Malwa region, girls here are surpassing the boys in various fields. A teenaged girl of Fazilka, Vasundhara (14) has achieved the rare distinction of winning a bronze in the national rural games that concluded at Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab recently.
A student of class VIII at the local Army School, she is the daughter of a sports teacher, Neeraj Bhaskar, and a BSNL employee, Pawan Sharma.
Vasundhara has won the bronze in the under-16 category in the national-level badminton tournament. Notably, Vasundhara had led the Punjab state badminton team in the tournament in this category.
She has been shining in the games at the state and national-level during the past two years. In November 2010, in the state-level tournament, held at Ludhiana, the badminton team of Ferozepur district led by Vasudhara had also won the gold medal.
An all-rounder, Vasundhara has not only exhibited her talent in sports but has also proved her capability in the education. The achievement of Vasundhara has become more significant as she belongs to a border town where the basic facilities are negligible.
Despite repeated demands, no wooden badminton court has been set up in any of the government or private institutions. Moreover, no good badminton coach is available in the town to boost the game.
"I am fascinated with Gopi Chand Pulela, a former All-England badminton champion. My target is to win the reputed international grand slam for my country," said Vasundhara.