Jayanti Behera – Sport as a medium to inspire communities

by | Apr 4, 2022 | Peace education, Youth empowerment | 0 comments

Jayanti is one of India’s finest para track and field athletes who competes in 100m, 200m and 400m. When she was just one, Jayanti wandered inside a brick kiln lit with fire, and suffered severe burns, causing her permanent damage. Growing up with a disability was undoubtedly challenging, but Jayanti marched through life undaunted and decided to use sport as a vehicle to give her a new lease on life. Jayanti is now a medallist at multiple international competitions, including the 2018 Asian Para Games, and is an inspiration in her hometown of Sakhigopal, while being a prime example of how one can change their life through sport.

Story:
“To be called the Sakhigopal Express and inspire people in my hometown is very special. Hearing the national anthem play after winning a gold medal fills me with utmost pride.”

Communication and Press Manager at Peace and Sport, I have 5+ years of experience in political affairs, conflict prevention and resolution, and communication. A great part of my work has been conducted in the context of conflict and transition settings.