Karimnagar: Despite facing several difficulties, a junior wrestler was selected for the national level ‘Khelo India’ competitions to be held in New Delhi from January 31 to February 7.
S Pavan, son of daily wage labourer, managed to secure a place in the list of athletes being selected for the prestigious event. Pavan, a native of Madnoor mandal of Kamareddy district, has won seven gold medals at the State-level competitions, and has participated in a number of national-level events also.
Pavan studied up to Class X in Karimnagar by staying in Karimnagar Regional Sports School. Last year, he joined a private junior college as there was no provision for intermediate education at the sports school.
Considering his poor financial background, management of Sahithi Junior College provided free admission and he has been staying in government BC hostel.
Pavan told ‘Telangana Today’ that he needed better diet for intense practice sessions. When he was in sport school, he used to get proper diet but now it has become a major problem. Though he wanted to stay in a private hostel, his financial conditions was not permitting him to do so.
Similar is the case of another wrestler B Chandramouli, a native of Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Chandramouli, who won five gold medals in the State and one bronze medal at the national level, was selected for ‘Khelo India’ competition. He is also studying intermediate in Sahithi Junior College and living in BC hostel.
District Sport Development Officer G Ashok Kumar said for sports persons, diet played an important role. It was not possible to perform well without having proper diet. He wanted Pavan and Chandramouli to stay back in sports school. However, higher officials did not allow him to do so on the grounds that there was no such provision, Ashok added.
A total of 13 students from Karimnagar district have been selected for ‘Khelo India’ Under 17 category. Of these 12 students are from sports school, eight have been selected for wrestling followed by three for boxing and one for judo. Another student of a private school has also been selected for boxing event. About 71 students were selected from Telangana.
With a view to prepare athletes and sports persons for 2024 and 2028 Olympics, the Centre is organising ‘Khelo India’ to select talented sports persons in different age groups. In each age group, a total of 16 sports persons will be selected and given intensive training, and would be provided Rs 5 lakh scholarship per year.