Asisat Lamina Oshoala is striker for Primera División club FC Barcelona Femení. Widely accepted as one of the greatest African female footballers of all time, she captains the Nigerian women's national team. She is also considered to be one of the best in the world and is a joint-record four-time African Women's Footballer of the Year. The 27-year-old has been named in the Forbes 30 Under 30. Oshoala launched the Asisat Oshoala Foundation to empower African girls interested in football in 2019.
Chinese tennis player Zheng Qinwen reached a career-high on 18 April 2022 by ranking world no. 70. However, she lost against Poland'sIga Swiatek in the French Open fourth round 2022. The reason is something all too familiar to women - menstrual cramps. The 19-year-old played the second half with her right thigh strapped. Her statements to the media have sparked conversation on period leaves for women. Some have insensitively called it counterproductive for reinforcing stereotypes about working women.
Indian boxer Manisha Moun competes in the featherweight class and rose to fame after winning bronze at the 2019 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships. Born in Haryana, she was not allowed to engage in sports by her parents. She snuck out with her brother to play volleyball and was discovered by a boxing coach. Her father found it out after reading a newspaper report about her victory in a district-level competition. After sustaining an injury two years ago, the 24-year-old is now looking forward to future matches.
Bhakti Sharma is known for swimming in Antarctic waters for 2.3 km in 41.14 minutes at a temperature of 1°C. She broke the record of USA's Lynne Cox and UK's Lewis Pugh. The 32-year-old is the first Asian woman and the youngest in the world to set such a record. She has swum in all five oceans in the world and across eight other seas and channels. In 2010, she was honoured with the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. Sharma started her swimming career at the age of two and a half years.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka said she is worried about returning to the French Open because of fears related to having offended people in 2021. Last year, the former world number one pulled out of the tournament after she was fined and threatened with a Grand Slam ban for refusing to honour media commitments. The 24-year-old had cited mental health reasons for not facing the media. The world's highest-earning sportswoman took a break from her career because she felt uncomfortable in front of the public.
British middle-distance runner Laura Weightman is known for winning silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the 2014 and 2018 European Championships. She also ranks in the world all-time top 25 with her personal best in 2019. The athlete recently called for more education on doping. She was referring to an incident in 2012 in which she originally finished 11th but was upgraded to seventh after four athletes were banned for doping. She drew attention to diminishing careers due to doping.