NEW DELHI: The fashion magazine Vogue is celebrating women achievers in sports. This is the 14th anniversary of Vogue. The athletes, who made the nation proud in the Olympics, put their fashion feet forward as they posed for the shutterbugs. The cover stars Olympic medalists PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu.
India’s most marketable female athlete and one of the world’s highest earning sportswomen, PV Sindh’s bronze in the women’s singles established her place as one of India’s brightest stars at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sindhu looked lovely in the series of pictures shared by the magazine. “Winning and losing is part of life…At the end of the day, it depends on the individual. I choose to answer with the racquet,” the badminton Star was quoted as saying.
“There has been pressure. Tokyo was harder than Rio because the responsibility has been a lot more. Everyone says,” We need a medal form Sindhu.’ Rio was my first time, so I was the underdog,” says PV Sindhu.
Mirabai Chanu, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics was seen vests and shorts, teaming them up with a jacket. “Weightlifting is not dangerous for girls, it is completely safe. Look at me. If I can do it, all of you can,” the 27 year old said.
” My competition was against myself and my own body at that time,” says award winning weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu.
In a year that saw many sportspeople spark honest conversations around mental health, the sliver lining for Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was letting go of the mental burden that engulfs most athletes in competitive sports, and instead, believing in herself.
Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who won bronze, was seen in various shades of blue. She looked striking in bodysuits, her chic hairdo elevating the look further. “I didn’t speak to the coach or discuss any strategy this time. Every coach has their own way of looking at things, and after every loss, they would suggest different ways to beat her. It didn’t work, though. I kept losing to her. This time, I just wanted to play as I saw it. I came up with my own strategy and it worked. There was no fear this time. I told myself that I’ve played with fear all my life, but today, I will just play freely,” she was quoted as saying.
Determined to defy the odds, Lovlina Borgohain’s bronze success at the Tokyo Olympics is not just a story of resilience but one of grit that every girl can aspire to. The Assamese boxer is among the trio of cover stars shot exclusively for Vogue India’s 14th anniversary issue that celebrates women achievers in sports.
“I’ve never screamed so kindly after winning any match. But after I ensured the medal for India, I let go of all the pent up emotions of all these years. Even if I lost a competition, I’d remind myself that the Olympics is where I’d perform- and to be able to have done that look all my stress away,” says Assamese boxer Lovlina Borgohain.