Drawn into India-Pakistan Debate, Olympian Sakshi Malik Clarifies Comment

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Drawn into India-Pakistan Debate, Olympian Sakshi Malik Clarifies Comment

Sakshi Malik said she didn't say Pakistan athletes should be invited to India.


Bengaluru:  Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik today sought to steer clear of the debate over allowing Pakistani players in India, but said that athletes have the right to compete against fellow rivals anywhere in the world.

"Media has been, since morning, wrongly highlighting that I want Pakistani players to be invited to participate in various international sports events. I haven't said anything like that," Sakshi Malik told reporters at an event in Bengaluru.

Sakshi Malik was reacting to a query on Pakistani players being barred from participating in events in India in the aftermath of the Uri attacks and the surgical strikes across the LoC.

Sakshi Malik also said she had only said that the players have the right to play against any other player in the world, and not more than that.

"What I told was - players have all the rights - like we participate in the Games (Olympics) and we happen to play against other players, belonging to different countries ... I haven't advocated Pakistani players should be allowed to play in India," she said.

Asked if she would toe the line of Yuvraj Singh and Saina Nehwal to invest money in startups or any business, Sakshi Malik said she loves wrestling and would like to help kids who do not have the wherewithal to extend their careers.

"I love wrestling, and I would love to spend my money for helping kids who are in want of money to take up the sport or sustain their careers," she said.

Sakshi Malik further said money and winning a medal does not make a success story of an individual, but doing good things for the country does.

"If I do something good for the country - that is success for me, not getting money and winning medals - that is not success to me, at all," Sakshi Malik said.

After her success at the Olympics, Sakshi Malik has been flooded with rewards, which include Rs 2.5 crore from the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

She said her life has changed after winning the bronze medal at Rio.

"My life has changed a lot. The whole country is beginning to know me, but with this my responsibilities have only increased (sic)," she said.

Sakshi Malik also said she has already begun training for the upcoming World Wrestling League.

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