5 athletes in the Indian Olympic contingent who come from tribal regions
India has come a long way in the world of sports and that is very much evident from what the women of a few places have accomplished. The women have broken free from barricades of their villages in the tribal regions and marched forward to establish a name for themselves in the world.
They have successfully made a mark on the international arena and are winning recognition along with fame and accolades. Let's have a look at five such women from the Indian Olympic contingent who come from tribal regions of India:
#1 Deepika Kumari
Deepika Kumari comes from India's tribal heartland - Jharkhand. She is a symbol of how far we have come as a nation. As a child, Deepika Kumari used to target fruit on the mango trees in Ratu Chati, 15 kms from Ranchi, Jharkhand's capital.
At the London 2012 Games, she was the number one archer in the recurve category and one of India's medal hopefuls. But she failed to hit a single bulls eye and went down tamely in the first round.
Four years later, she is again a name to reckon with in world archery after innumerable success in the past couple of years. Recently she equalled the feat of London Olympic gold medalist, Ki Bo Bae of Korea to set a new world record.
The only thing that eludes her is an Olympic medal, and, with it, sporting history. Will she finally hit the Olympic bull’s-eye in August? Only time will tell.