Being an athlete and a mother has its challenges, says Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza.  Photo: File
Sania Mirza. Photo: File

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza recently spoke about the struggles of working mothers in an interview with NDTV.

The athlete said she saw her son for the first time in nine days due to visa issues and COVID-19 protocols.

She revealed that she had had great difficulty obtaining a visa for England where she is expected to play at Wimbledon partnering with Bethanie-Mattek Sands in the women’s doubles draw.

“Even until the last moment, we were not allowed to board the plane. The plane was leaving in five minutes and there was a problem with the visa. It was really dramatic. “

In England, her son and sister did not get the exemption she had as an athlete and had to quarantine themselves, resulting in the extended delay between the mother-son union. Mirza said she does not understand why her son is not a vital part of her team.

“I think being an athlete in these times or in any career is tough enough. But being a mom who has to travel week to week with a toddler or a young girl is definitely not easy. And he has his own set of challenges, ”she said when speaking to NDTV.

The six-time Grand Slam winner was happy to be present at Wimbledon and said that in the end, being there was what matters most.

The 34-year-old thanked India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju for supporting and helping her through the process.

She praised Rijiju saying that he was always accessible and that it would not have happened without his help.

She also expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped her get to England, saying it was a “collective effort”.

“I think that’s what it is. It takes that team effort to make great things happen. “

The Indian tennis player also wants to play her fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo this year.


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