Bhopal: Players who braved odds and kept their passion alive!

Bhopal: Study is still the only way of landing a job in our society and spending much time in games only invites our parents’ outbursts.

However, there are parents who supported their children in chasing their passion and most of them are now serving in government sector, even if they could not become sports stars.

Most of those Free Press came across are from underprivileged backgrounds, who even did not have enough facilities to keep their dreams alive.

Today, many of them can be seen working in various government departments, which can be a motivating factor for others as well.
Rhea David, currently working as lower division clerk in the tax department has played four international matches.

Namita Chandal, who received Vikram award in 2016, is awaiting her new job.

A player of kayaking and canoeing, she strived to chase her passion and by dint of her work bagged the award.

“We had financial issues but that could not deter me from chasing my dream and even though I am about to get a government job, I will keep practising for a name in my sports,” she added.

“I have been playing since I was 13 and wanted to make my career in soft tennis.

Though we had financial issues in our family, I was never discouraged by any of my family members, who supported me throughout my endeavour,” said Rhea.

Anjali Vashisth, who also received Vikram Award in 2015, too has played four international matches in water sports.

“My father was a farmer and we were financially weak enough for me to either continue my studies or sports. However, Sports Authority of India provided me everything and I made it to Vikram awards,” said Vashisth.

“Now I am satisfied with a job as lower division clerk in tax department and also practising to make it big in other competitions,” she added.

Ankita Railwar who received Vikram Award in 2016 too has a similar story. Ankita faced troubles while practising owing to her financial status.

“I did not give it up and strived against all the odds and the sports academy helped me at all stages due to which finally I have a name in Wushu,” she said.

Rohit Imolia, a petty officer in Indian Navy says his financial background prompted him to seek a job instead of concentrating on swimming. However, he defied the adversities and did not let his spirit down.

“I have played five international matches and have bagged two gold and two bronze medals there and am hopeful of making it big in the field,” he added.

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