Sakshi Malik, the shine of Indian wrestling, has earned a prestigious spot on Time Magazine’s coveted 100 Most Influential People of 2023 list, marking a historic achievement for Indian wrestling. Known for her resilience and determination both on and off the mat, Sakshi Malik has become a symbol of courage and empowerment for women across India.

Sakshi Malik had accused WFI president of sexual harassment :-

The 28-year-old Olympian made headlines when she took a bold stand against alleged sexual harassment within the wrestling community, particularly targeting former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh.

Sakshi Malik

Alongside fellow wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik led a relentless fight against the systemic issues plaguing female wrestlers in the country.

In a symbolic gesture, Sakshi Malik announced her withdrawal from wrestling by hanging her boots on the table during a press conference, underscoring her unwavering commitment to the cause. This act of defiance not only captured the attention of the nation but also resonated with women everywhere who have faced similar challenges.


Sakshi Malik’s inclusion in Time’s prestigious list is a testament to her courage and determination in spearheading the movement for change. Her advocacy for the rights and safety of female athletes has brought much-needed attention to the issue of sexual harassment in sports and has inspired a new generation of athletes to speak up against injustice.

Throughout 2023, the protest led by Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang gained momentum, drawing widespread support from both within India and abroad. The demonstration at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar became a focal point for discussions on gender equality and accountability within sports organizations.

Despite facing pushback and denial of allegations from the accused, Sakshi Malik remained steadfast in her pursuit of justice, embodying the spirit of resilience and perseverance. Her resilience in the face of adversity has earned her admiration and respect from people around the world.

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Sakshi Malik’s remarkable journey from the wrestling mat to the global stage exemplifies the power of determination and the impact of raising one’s voice against injustice.

As the first Indian wrestler to be honored in Time’s 100 list, Sakshi’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

By Ritik Sharma

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