BHUBANESWAR, DEC 11, 2021
Indian women’s football has come a long way from it was a decade ago but it will take another decade to play the football World cup, said Indian women footballer and this year’s Padma Shri awardee Bembem Devi at the Kalinga Literature Festival here today.
Participating in a discussion on ‘Empowerment of women through sports and how to strengthen the trend’, she said the men’s football in India has been strengthened due to participation of corporate and private players. If similar support is extended towards the women’s football team then it would tremendously benefit the team.
Also, lack of awareness about sports is a major hindrance to attract talents, said Devi who was coaching India’s women Under-17 football team.
The second day of Kalinga Literary Festival hosted nine sessions ranging from poetry, history, sports, corporate social responsibility, climate change, impact of Covid on social and political lives, along with regular sessions on poetry recitations and Mystic Mic, where local talents perform.