Mithali Raj asks people to celebrate the spirit of unrecognized athletes on World Athletics Day

NEW DELHI: ODI pattern of Indian women Mithali raj , on the occasion of the world Athletics Day, he has asked people to celebrate the spirit and dedication of the Athletes , who could not obtain recognition due to lack of opportunities.

Taking to Twitter, Raj wrote: "It is a travesty that many times wonderful Athletes do not get the recognition they deserve, not because of want of hard work but cause of lack of opportunities or for things not clicking at the right time, today on #World Athletics Day Lets celebrate their spirit &dedication!"

On September 3 last year, Raj had announced the retirement of the T20 international cricket, stating that he wanted to focus on preparing for the ODI 2021 World Cup.

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The 37-year-old has led India in 32 Q20I. In addition, it is the first Indian to reach the milestone of the 2000 T20I races. Raj went on to represent India in 89 T20Is, scoring 2,364 runs.

She has played 209 ODIs and racked up 6,888 runs to an average of 50.64 including seven centuries and fifty fifties.

The World Athletics Day was introduced by the IAAF to increase awareness about athletics and to encourage the youth to take up sports. Although this day is celebrated in the month of May every year, in 2020, the IAAF marked May 7 as the World Athletics Day.