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Scenario of sports changing in country for good: Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan

ANI  |  Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] 

National women team's Aditi Chauhan, who is the first woman from to play a league in the United Kingdom, exudes confidence over changing scenario of in the country.

Aditi, who has just returned from her two-year stint with West Ham United Ladies Club, says people's outlook towards was gradually changing, which would prove to be beneficial in the longer run.

"Now people see as a competitive sport. Number of leagues and clubs has increased in football; professionalism has come into the game. So, now parents do not see as hobby but as career," says Aditi, who is in Jammu to be with his father A. V. Chauhan, Inspector General (Jammu Sector).

Aditi, who is recovering here from an injury, has been catching up on local scene lately, which has impressed her beyond measure.

Aditi says she feels very proud seeing Kashmiri youth channeling their in positive direction and opting for

"My dad is posted here, so I know the atmosphere and the vibe in I know the difficulties people face here.

I was so happy to see a women's team participating (in the Indian Women's League's preliminary round)," says Aditi.

"I have met a lot of girls who come up to me and say that I have inspired them. This gives a lot of satisfaction that I have inspired people in pursuit of my passion. I feel very proud that I have done something for my country and obviously for myself," Aditi adds.

"I also got to know about a guy, who got involved in militancy. But after watching football, he got over that phase through it. He mentioned that he got inspired by me and that made me feel so good that how one can influence someone and push them in right direction. That was really positive for me to see players from Jammu and Kashmir," she adds.

Aditi, 25, who has been a part of the senior national women's team for six years, is now eyeing a return to the team from where she has been out due to the

She will be leaving for next week to resume her training ahead of the national camp so that she gets fit in time for in Jakarta, Indonesia, to be held in August later this year.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:30 IST