Widely regarded as one of the greats of cricket, the former Indian captain's journey embodies the values of leadership, adaptability and focus. Rahul Dravid made his international debut in 1996 and went on to score over 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, taking on roles as wicketkeeper, bowler and opener at various stages of his career. Since his international retirement, he has coached and mentored the national senior, junior and development teams and has actively participated in sports administration. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Arjuna Award.
Regarded as one of the greatest tennis players the country has produced, Rohan Bopanna belongs to the golden generation of Grand Slam winners. The 2017 French Open mixed doubles champion has completed 20 years and recently became the oldest player to break into the Top 20 ATP World Rankings in Doubles. An Arjuna Awardee, Bopanna runs his own Tennis Academies & has his coffee line called the Rohan Bopanna Masterblend.
The first gymnast to compete at the Olympics, Dipa scripted history when she finished fourth in Rio 2016 Olympics. A Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Awardee, a Padma Shri Awardee, an Arjuna Awardee, Dipa is India's first female gymnast to have also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. She is also the first athlete in India to have her one-of-a-kind Barbie.
Hailing from Jalandhar, 19-year-old Palak Kohli is the next big sensation in the world of Para-Badminton. She took part in her first competition in 2019 National Para-badminton Championship and won 4 medals and went on to become the youngest para-badminton athlete in the world to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Regarded as a swimming protege, Srihari became the youngest Indian to breach the Olympic A qualification to represent the country in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He holds the national records for all backstroke events and has represented the country across all major International Championships and Games.
From suffering a near fatal accident at the age of 18 to cracking the Haryana Civil Services, Ekta Bhyan is a para discus thrower competing in the F-51 event and is an Asian Record Holder. She is a disability rights advocate and uses her voice to create awareness about accessibility.
A breakdancer known for his signature move WildSpin, Eshwar won the Red Bull BC One 2021 after finishing as a finalist for two consecutive years. Despite losing his father recently and struggling with a lack of space to train during the COVID19 lockdowns, he went on to win the first National Breaking Championships and the Breezer Vivid Shuffle. Eshwar recently also became the first and only Indian to win a wildcard entry to the Red Bull BC One World Finals to be held in New York later this year.
Tanisha is one of the promising Indian doubles badminton players who was part of the contingent that went on to win the prestigious Thomas & Uber Cup. Her first major title came in 2022 at the Super 300 Syed Modi International after a series of strong results over the years. She currently trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.
Sharath Gayakwad is India's best Para Swimmer and has multiple medals (six) from the 2014 Asian Para Games. He is an Arjuna Awardee and has also represented India at the 2012 Paralympics in London. He has been coaching the next generation of para swimmers through his academy- Bluefin Foundation.
A tribal girl from Jamshedpur, 20-year-old Komalika is only the second Indian to win back- to-back World Youth Archery Championships. A rising star in archery, Bari took to archery using make-shift bamboo bows to improve concentration in studies. She used to cycle 18 kms every day to train at the Tata Archery Academy (TAA) in Jamshedpur.
Prachi is an Indian Paracanoe athlete who participates in the KL2 and VL2 Women’s category in Paracanoeing. She created history by winning a Bronze in the Paralympic World Cup becoming the first ever Indian to win a medal in Canoe. Earlier, in Tokyo 2020, she was also the first Indian to qualify for the Paracanoe event at the Paralympics..
B-Girl Glib (Simran Ranga) took up breaking in 2016 when she saw some local B-Boys practicing and was fascinated by the dance form. Today, the Jaipur-based dancer says that breaking is an extremely important part of her life because her identity and personality have formed around it.
Shivani Charak is India's top climber and the brightest prospect for India in the new-age sport. At the age of 9, Shivani was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo tremendous hardships to overcome it. She took to the sport at the age of 13 and soon became the national champion.