Rutuja Satpute, 22, cyclist
Satpute’s rise has been pretty spectacular. In 2013, she won a bronze medal at the Asian Cycling Championship, Bangkok, and finished second in the 500m time trial at the Track Asia Cup at New Delhi. In 2015, she won two silver medals in the team event in the 19th National Road Cycling Competition in Karnataka, followed by a gold medal in the 35th National Games at Kerala. The year 2016 started with a team gold medal in the South Asian Games and she then clinched two gold medals in the 20th National Road Cycling Championship in Kerala. She won a team bronze in Asian Cup track event in Delhi, followed by two individual gold medals and team silver in Road Nationals in Uttar Pradesh.
She is now headed to Belgium for training in time for the World Championship in Norway in September and her long-term aim is to win a medal in the Commonwealth Games.
“I think the greatest problem we are facing is a lack of transparency. The government, federations try to hide as much information as they can, which affects our progress. Though the situation is changing, I feel, we should have a completely transparent system,” says Satpute.