Former Indian women’s football captain Sona Chaudhary whose book ‘Game in Game’ recently raised questions over women’s safety in Indian sports, on Thursday said I am fighting for my players and my book is a part of my campaign for them.
Sona said, ” my book is based on 90% facts & 10% fiction with a collective experience of the sufferings.”
“My fight is with the system and not every player or coach is wrong”, she added
“Today, we have support systems. But in our time, we did not have economic support systems. My fight is with the system and not every player or coach is wrong”, sona said
The former football captain, who hails from Haryana, was a right-back for the Indian women’s football team through the mid and late 90’s. She was made the captain of the team within a year of her debut in 1995.
In her book, she has accused the coach and secretary of often forcing the players to ‘compromise’ for a place in the team and alluding to sexual favours asked by them.
She writes that while on foreign tours the coach and secretary would ask that their beds be placed in the rooms of the female players, and then sleep there at night. She alleges that this continued despite protests from the players.