India ad sparks debate on acknowledging sportswomen

femaleatheletesA sportswear advertisement that celebrates India’s female athletes, kicked off a debate on how few Indians recognise their own sportswomen.

The online video made by Nike features 10 Indian sportswomen, as well as actress Deepika Padukone, who spoke out against gender inequality. On a widely shared Facebook post she spoke of how sport helped in her struggle with depression.

Some of the women featured in the ad include hockey player Rani Rampal, cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandana and Shubhlakshmi Sharma, and footballer Jyoti Ann Burrett.

Sadly women’s sport draws few Indian crowds or sponsors and gets little coverage.