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.

“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.