Proud moment as daughter of soil Ankita Raina receives prestigious Arjun Award

R.M ZUTSHI & PANKAJ KHAJURIA
JAMMU: It was a proud moment for the people across Jammu and Kashmir as ‘Daughter of the Soil’ as tennis player Ankita Raina received Arjun Award from the President Ramnath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today. The award has been conferred upon her for her outstanding performance in Tennis at the International as well as National level. The people across Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of caste creed and colour celebrated the extraordinary feat of the Kashmiri Pandit girl despite the family being displaced due to unavoidable circumstances.
Ankita originally belongs to Pinglish village of Tral in district Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir and came into prominence after becoming only the second female tennis player from India to win a medal in singles’ competition at the Asian Games in Jakarta.            While talking to Greater Jammu, Ankita Raina said “I am immensely happy and grateful as I’ve always dreamed of giving out my best to make my country and family proud, but moments like these lead to ecstasy beyond are beyond expectations and dreams. I am thankful to my family, Sports Authority of Gujarat, sponsors (ONGC and Andani) who helped and supported me in my success journey.”
She said, parents should support their children and children should work hard to turn their dreams into reality. I am determined to represent India and give my all for the nation, she added.
Ankita’s father, RK Raina said I am really proud of her and he advised all the parents should help their children and facilitate them to achieve their dreams by displaying full confidence in them instead of underestimating them.
A software engineer and a prolific sports lover from KP community Shivam Zutshi while commenting on Ankita’s achievement said that she has not only made her community and Jammu and Kashmir proud with her grand achievement, but has also brought laurels to the whole country during various events at international level. “It is a real honor for us in Jammu and Kashmir as her family is from this place,” he said. Undoubtedly she is a great inspiration for all the sports aspirants of J&K.
Governor wished good luck to the young champ in her future sporting endeavours.
Shivam urged the J&K UT administration to lay renewed focus on promoting sports in this Union Territory and a vibrant Sports Policy for proper institutionalization of the sports culture just like Gujarat where Ankita developed her talent to compete and win at the international events.