Blog By: Riya Rathore

Prachi Tehlan born on 2 October 1989 at Nangli Sakrawati village in Delhi, is an Indian netball and basketball player. She was captain of the Indian Netball Team in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and in other major Asian Championships in 2010-11. Under her captaincy, the Indian team won its first medal under in 2011 South Asian Beach Games. She has been titled as “Queen of Court” by The Times of India & “Lass of The Rings” by The Indian Express. She was the brand ambassador for Netball Development Trust- India for 2011-2013. She supports Indian Collegiate Athletic Program (ICAP) and has agreed to be a mentor for the program. She started her sports career from Basketball at National level from School. She got selected to attend the Indian Camp thrice in 2004, in Cuttack, Orissa. India won its first international medal under my captaincy in South Asian Beach Games, 2011 (Oct), Srilanka. Youngest Captain of any Netball in the Commonwealth Games 2010. Awarded as Sports Women of the Year 2010 by Jesus and Mary College and recognized as a Sports Achiever in Delhi University Achievers List. Short films made by Delhi Ajtak, Pragya T.V, Focus T.V, Living India by Ayur Group and NDTV. (2010, 2011). Being a female athlete in India is not easy. Not only does a female athlete have to fight for legitimacy in the sport, but she also has to overcome societal barriers. Prachi Tehlan might not seem like a name synonymous with Indian sport, but her contribution towards the birth of netball in the country has been immense. At the young age of 21, she was given the responsibility of leading the Indian national netball team.

Under her captaincy, India had a resilient showing at the Asian Youth Netball Championship, finishing fourth just behind Asian Giants, Singapore. This led to her becoming the captain of the national team at the Commonwealth Games. During the 6th Asian Youth Netball Championship held in 2008, they were on the verge of not attending the tournament because tickets were not booked for Hong Kong. Even living conditions were horrible as three girls were given 7×9 size rooms.  Indian National Netball Captain’s career on the small screen was not that smooth. In the beginning, she had to face criticism for the heavy physique. Viewers didn’t find her much attractive and appealing. The talented actress who grabbed the role through a fan page on Facebook was soon asked to lose weight to fit into her role.

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