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Representing one’s nation and winning a medal at the Olympics is every athlete’s dream. Olympics, as we all know, is the world’s most prestigious sports event with 207 nations participating in it.
On one hand, the world is gearing up for Rio 2016 Olympics; and on the other, only a few athletes from India have qualified. The reason for this is well known. The state of sports in our country is very dismal- lack of proper sporting infrastructure, inadequate training equipment and other necessary amenities that are needed by the athletes.
In India, the root cause for this minimal representation at the Olympics is not lack of talent; our athletes might not have the equipment and infrastructure to train, but their zeal and determination are second to none. The tales of Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Milkha Singh, bear witness to the fact that India doesn’t lack talent, but all that our athletes lack is a supportive and helping hand.
Mary Kom battled poverty, patriarchy and unsupportive parents and became India’s first woman boxer to win a medal in Olympics.
Milkha Singh witnessed India’s partition, had to face pangs of hunger but ultimately brought laurels to the country. His tale still brings a sense of pride in every Indian when reminisced.
Many such aspiring athletes live in almost every part of the country, those who dream of bringing glory to our nation. But the only obstacle is lack of financial assistance and public support. Here are a few budding athletes whose stories are nothing less than an inspiration.
Sayali Mhaisdhune age 14 yrs, an incredible sprinter, clinched gold in the 3000m race in the inter-school competition. She ran barefoot on hot concrete and won a medal that healed her burns. This gold winner is the daughter of a poor cobbler.
Bhavisha Singh, a teenage karate champ has bagged over 400 gold medals so far nationally but is still struggling to make it to the international tournaments despite being qualified for it. She lacks appropriate funds and resources.
The question that arises is that for how long do incredible athletes like Sayali and Bhavisha have to watch their dreams being shattered?For how long do they have to keep themselves deprived of the resources and the recognition they deserve? How long before things change?
The time is now.
Every cloud has a silver lining and so does this. Amidst all the bad news, it’s a sigh of relief to see organizations like Dabur attempting to make the situation favorable for underprivileged athletes. Dabur Glucose-D has launched a drive “AB DAUDEGA HINDUSTAN,” which will shortlist budding athletes deprived of resources & training, and will support them into becoming world-class athletes. It’s time we harnessed and nurtured the unmatched talent our nation has. Given an opportunity and a deserving platform, they’ll undoubtedly shine in the world of sports and bring laurels to India.
To recommend such deserving athletes:
- Log on to : www.abdaudegahindustan.com
- Send an e-mail details : [email protected]
- Give a missed call at : 1800-313-9313
- Write to : Ab Daudega Hindustan, c/o Dabur India Ltd. Post Box No. 3, Kaushambi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh -201010
It’s time for us to come together and encourage aspiring athletes from all corners of the country and help them. Let us unite for hope and be an encouragement to them.
To create history in the 2020 Olympics, we must start now! Let the whole world witness the strength of this soil that has produced some of the phenomenal athletes in the history of sports. If we could do it in the past, we can do it in the future too.