Emerging players in trouble due to lack of funds

The backing of companies to the aid of social organizations; Practice off, diet question too

Amar Sadashiv Shaila
MUMBAI: Athletes who dreamed of achieving success in the field of sports by facing financial difficulties have been hit by the deteriorating economic cycle due to the corona. The training of children has come to a standstill for the last few months due to lack of funds from social organizations that help these students. The nutritional diet of these emerging athletes has also been questioned.

Due to lack of government facilities and financial inability to train in private sports complexes, the dream of becoming an athlete does not come true despite having basic skills. The base of social institutions that players get in the face of adversity has also weakened. Funds received by organizations from large companies have stopped in the Corona period. The training and nutrition of the student players has also been affected as the institutions themselves are facing a shortage of funds.

Originally from Satara district and currently living with her father in Wadala area, 16-year-old Sneha (name changed) wants to make her dreams come true through badminton. Sneha has been practicing badminton for the last three years with the help of Sparsh Charitable Trust. In the recent 10th exam, she has got 83% marks. Her father was delivering the coaches before the lockout. But since his job was lost during the Corona period, he goes to work as a security guard at one place. From this salary, they have to meet the expenses of the family of a son and two daughters. Since the conditions at home are bad, Sneha goes to work chopping vegetables. She earns Rs. 200 for work from 5 am to 10 am. It saves some money for further education and pays for the rest of the house expenses. As the organization bears the cost of her diet, the physical capacity required for the sport was created. However, Sneha said that her physical abilities were also affected as she was not getting the food at present and the family’s expenses were running high.

The same situation is with Sameer (name changed) who lives in the Wadala Truck Terminus area. He has been out of practice for the past six months. Badminton should be practiced on the court, but the game has stopped due to lack of money to pay for the practice. He currently spends 4 hours a day in the morning and 4 hours in the evening. The loss of his father’s job contributes to his family’s income. Sameer has also recently passed 10th. He has got 82% marks. Currently, his dream is to play in the under-18 age group. However, he says there is no guarantee that this will be possible due to lack of practice and help from the organization. Both the boys have played Junior Badminton Championship (District Level Competition). Now the senior was preparing for the badminton championship. The government should provide scholarships for these children on the basis of minimum documents. Kumar Nilendu, manager of the development assistance department of the Croy Institute, has demanded that space be made available at a distance from their homes so that these children can practice.

Funds from social organizations ran out

It is beneficial to practice the game on a badminton court. For this you have to pay around Rs. 2 to 3 thousand per month. A well-balanced diet is essential. There is also the cost of coaching fees and materials. Since these children live in a slum area of ​​Wadala area, the journey from there to the badminton court is also costly. On top of all this, the organization usually spends Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 per child per month. The institute is preparing 24 children for badminton competition. A company was getting Rs 9 lakh for these badminton boys. It is currently closed. The cost of their nutritious diet has to be stopped. It is affecting the physical abilities of children and reducing the energy (stamina) required for sports, said Sarika Desai, CEO of Sparsh Charitable Trust.

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