Rolicking time for Indore’s volleball champ

Indore: Making the city proud, 16-year-old volleyball champ Roli Pathak will be receiving Rs 5 lakh as scholarship per year for 8 years and Rs 1,20,000 in cash along with many other facilities to train for the 2024 Olympics. She has been shortlisted for the scholarship and training programme under Khelo India Khelo initiative of government.

She had to compete with 110 top volleyball champions from all over the country to win the scholarship. “The first round of the selection games was organised in New Delhi in April, where the best female players from the country had come,” Roli said. From 110 participants, 60 girls were selected for round 2. “The second round of competition was held in Aurangabad in June. Only 12 students were selected from all, which is almost 10 per cent, so I was just praying to get selected,” Roli said. She received the letter confirming her scholarship and a chance to join the training academy for Olympics in Pathanamthitta, Kerala on Wednesday.

The news brought a wave of celebration and bliss for her family and school. She is the only student from Madhya Pradesh, who has been selected for the national volleyball team. Among her previous achievements, she has played nationals between 2016 and 2018. She was also the Best NCC Cadet in 2016 of MPCG region and has attended RDC Camp in 2016 and besides bringing laurels in NCC National Games. Her parents (Shakuntala and Santosh Pathak) are proud of her and are supporting their younger daughter (Aastha) to pursue sports as well. “I am the first person to pursue a career in sports in my family,” Roli said.

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