(Last Updated on : 02/09/2014)
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla is an Indian para athlete who has represented India in many international sports events. Her contributions in the field of sports have earned her the prestigious Arjuna Award and Padma Shri. Emerging out from a paralytic attack at a tender age, she is one of the most inspiring sports personalities of modern India. Accredited as the Champion of Champions, she possesses a never-say-die attitude which has motivated many contemporary sports stars. Her achievements are the true example of the triumph of a human spirit over physical handicap.
Early Life of Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla was born on 6th July 1958 in the city of Bengaluru
. Her father was a small hotel owner and her mother was devoted in bringing up their four children. Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla got a raging fever when she was just one year old which paralyzed her entire body. She was given electric shock treatment for over two years which helped her to regain strength in her upper body; however below the waist her body remained very weak. In spite of the medical trials and turbulences, Malathi gathered the determination to lead her life to the fullest leaving behind the fury of fate. She chose sports as her companion to forget pain and gradually marked success in the arena of sports. She has also gone through 32 surgeries.
Career of Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla has been the winner of more than 300 medals. She attended the Paralympics organized in Beijing, Athens, Barcelona and South Korea as the representative of India. She has also participated in the Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur, South Korea, Bangkok and Beijing. She also represented the country in the World Masters held in Australia and Denmark and in the Commonwealth Games in Australia. She was also a part of Open Championships in Belgium, England and Kuala Lumpur.
Personal Life of Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla also works with Syndicate Bank as a Manager. She has also established a charitable trust titled Mathru Foundation along with her friends where she shelters 16 children with various disabilities. Mostly she focuses on polio victims belonging to rural areas who cannot afford schooling or proper medical treatment. Malathi also has the unique ability to remember 6000 customer account numbers. On 8th July 2009 she launched her first authorized biography titled A Different Spirit.