On a runaway stride-Ayesha Billimoria

It was in 2003, that a slight, typically fair-skinned Parsi girl – 16-years-old at the time – was anxiously shaking off her nerves before taking her mark for the 200 meter race in her first ever National level tournament in Patiala. As Ayesha Billimoria placed her foot on the starting block and crouched into position, the race was halted by one of the officials who singled her out of the line-up. To her disbelief, she was about to be disqualified on the grounds of being a foreigner. That was until, her mother was able to fish out her birth certificate from her stack of documents that she was carrying along.

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