I want to be a successful organizer of woman wrestling: Sherin Sultana
21st Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018 is taking place in the middle of April in Australia. Bangladesh is going to participate there in various events including women wrestling. Sherin Sultana is one of the talented women wrestlers of Bangladesh commonwealth squad. She has exchanged her views with The Asian Age about the events and other issues. A.S.M. Yiahia has taken the interview of this promising woman wrestler of the country.
AA: Woman wrestling is not so much familiar in the context of Bangladesh. Despite the fact, how you came here and what was the behind-story of that?
Sherin: Actually there is no story behind it. From the childhood I was attracted to different sort of games and wanted to do something uncommon, which is really rare to other girls of my neighborhood. Along with these all there was one person, whose activities inspired me much to become a wrestler - she is Saori Yoshida, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist woman wrestler. I watched her performance on TV and became her fan. In the bottom of my heart I always feel a dream to be a wrestler like her as she brought pride for her country. From such thirstiness I chose wrestling.
AA: In the context of Bangladesh being a woman wrestler what kind response you are getting?
Sherin: Well it needs to go some depth to tell about the response - most of the forces of the country: Army, Navy, Air force, Ansar, BGB, Police have woman wrestlers. Besides woman wrestler are participating around 42 districts of the country, through federation. In these arenas they are participating spontaneously.
And this practice is increasing day by day. Even the girls and women of far rural are also participating wrestling in such a way. Here another thing is noteworthy that society and viewers' positive response about woman wrestling has remarkably increased than before. In fact they are now seeing it with much honor than before. It's a very positive sign. I'm optimistic that such positivity between women wrestler and viewers will grow more.
AA: Do you think that family support is very important for a woman wrestler, in the context of Bangladesh?
Sherin: yes it's very true that in the context of Bangladesh, a woman wrestler needs family support first to take wrestling actively as the career. It's very important thing. In 2008 I started first with Bangladesh Talent Hunt as a wrestler, and from there all my family members, my teachers and my neighbors supported me from their own positions. And that was very essential to pass the dark social morals for woman wrestling. Without my family support it was totally impossible for me come today's position.
AA: Did you face any obstacle due to various narrow thoughts of the society?
Sherin: It's true that due to some narrow thoughts of our society, girls or women have to face many obstacles. But it doesn't mean that we have to stop. We need to face the interruption and have to cross the barrier, and there always women's success stands. It's for every sector - sports, job, and business everywhere. But I didn't face any obstacle as my family and neighbors were always in my support.
AA: Being a professional wrestler you faced many situations. Is there any, which can be reduced through more support of the Government?
Sherin: Actually most of the woman wrestlers of our country are from rural areas. And most of them are from medium and low income family. They have much interest for the game but due to their ill financial situation - they cannot continue the game along with their studies. And within a short neither their wrestling sustain nor studies. As a result a talented woman wrestler's career just finds the unexpected ending.
On the other hand women wrestlers, who are already included in some forces of our country (Like: Army, Navy, Air force, Ansar, BGB, Police) - never need to face such troubles and this ratio is very few. So to get rid of maximum's trouble, I think along with the wrestling federation the Government should take more responsibilities. Government should patronize the deprived women wrestler more. Besides, corporate company should take some positive steps to involve with this matter - through their sponsors and other activities.
And I think thus the federation can give the deprived women wrestlers' monthly basis regular salaries and other facilities. We can see it in the other games like: Cricket, Football, hockey etc. In woman wrestling, we need such environment too. This will assure woman wrestlers' self-dependence, both in studies and wrestling.
AA: Do you think that this is the right time for Bangladeshi women wrestling to move ahead?
Sherin: It is 2018 and along with the whole world, we are also in the digital era. Through with all aspects right now woman wrestling of Bangladesh is moving forward and I think this is the perfect time for that. And for ensuring that we need more positive response and direct patronization from Government and corporate ends, as I said earlier.
AA: What is your plan for woman wrestling in the context of Bangladesh?
Sherin: Well, my first plan is to be a woman wrestling mentor and to form an academy for woman wrestling. From there, deprived girls and women would find every kind of support to continue her wrestling practice and study too. I like to give them opportunities to utilize their talents and to bring some pride for the nation.
AA: Being a professional wrestler, where do you want to see yourself after 10 years from today?
Sherin: I think after 10 years I would no longer a wrestling player then - I will utilize all my experiences as a woman wrestling mentor, which I already mentioned earlier. I want to be a successful organizer of woman wrestling through my academy. Every poor and deprived girl or woman will get proper training, is my only dream.
AA: Say something for the girl (woman) who wants to include herself in wrestling for the first time.
Sherin: Woman wrestling is now in suitable situation in the context of Bangladesh. And within a short time, it will spread much-more in a positive way. So girls (woman) make a start from today, who are very keen to be the woman wrestler.
Because games can bring self-dependency in you and you don't need to be depend on others. Like Cricket, Football or Hockey - wrestling can also make your life a beautiful one. So don't waste your time start from now, take the training and give yourself the fame of woman wrestling.
AA: Say something for your fans and readers.
Sherin: I'm going to participate in upcoming 21st Common Wealth Games on behalf of Bangladesh, so please always keep me in your prayer that I might bring some glory for the nation. Besides, you please always keep a positive corner in your heart for woman wrestling. It's the common sought of every woman wrestler of the country.
AA: Thank you very much Mrs Sherin Sultana that you spare some moments with us, by sharing some of your thoughts and future plan. We hope your 21st Common Wealth Games tour would be the great one. Along with it you and your team may bring some definite pride for Bangladesh. Me, A.S.M. The Asian Age is wishing you the very best.
Sherin: I'm grateful to you that you have taken my interview on behalf of The Asian Age. And I'm also wishing you success.