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10 Indian sportspersons who did their bit for their country off the field

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Sports are a big part of India, and the players who represent the game gain celebrity status depending on their performance. While most of the players are judged based on their on-field statistics, it is their contribution to society off the field that determines their status in history.Also read: Milkha Singh: Did he ever hold the 400m world record? 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' makes major goof by claiming he didPlayers can have a successful career in sports such as cricket, football, hockey, and athletics, but they will only be remembered by the fans for ages to come based on their contribution to society.While India’s littered with a number of sportspersons, it is to be seen how many of them have been able to capture the hearts of the fans for their contribution to the society.Here is a list of 10 Indian sportspersons who have been doing their bit for their country off the field. 

#10 P.T. Usha

P.T. Usha trains young athletes in her academy in Kerala

The Kerala-based coach won four gold medals, and six silver medals during a decorated career for India. All the four gold medals that she won were from the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. Apart from that she is also the holder of the current record for women's fastest 400m hurdle of  55.42 seconds which she achieved at Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Arjuna Award, and Padma Shri. She also won the Best Athlete in Asia award in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989.

She currently coaches young athletes at Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy Kerala. She was chosen by the Kerala State Government to run a sporting school for women and has been doing it till date.

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