The guest speaker for the July edition of SportsMeet-Bangalore will be Chitra Gangadharan, a former Indian national football women’s team captain, an Asian All-Star Player, and also a National Coach. In the country of Cricket and IPL, seldom a sportswoman gets international recognition barring a few like P.T. Usha and Saina Nehwal. The chance is more bleak in the case of the poor man’s game, football. Amid all this, Chitra has carved a niche for herself in the sports arena.
Chitra became a footballer by mere accident. She represented Karnataka in the Women’s National Football championship at Lucknow in 1975 and since then she carried on representing country and state for almost a decade.
Chitra if fully committed to football – right from completing a Diploma course from the National Institute of Sports, holds an ‘A’ license and Goalkeeper coaching course from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), as a qualified referee to coaching several youth development teams, state senior Women’s team, and senior Women’s national team.
Her association with SAI, Bangalore has been for many years and currently she also coaches an ‘A’ Division team.
On Saturday, July 21 at the Christ University at the SportsMeet-Bangalore, Chitra Gangadharan will be connecting with us on the significance and ways to encourage women in participating in Sports in India and how the talented sportswomen loving the game yet failing to sustain it at the highest level.
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Published with permission from Arunava about Football.