State turns blind eye to Judoka’s feats

Recently, the State blind and judo team won one gold, one silver and seven bronze medals in 5th blind and deaf judo national championship.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Jan 2017  7:44 am

Hyderabad: While the Telangana State blind and para judo team is conquering the world with eye-catching performances but sadly it has failed to nurture support back home with the Telangana State turning a blind eye to their achievements.

In their latest show, the State blind and judo team won one gold, one silver and seven bronze medals in the 5th blind and deaf judo national championship in Gurgaon on Wednesday. State judoka Hasan Ali Bawazeer had won gold in the international blind judo in Hungary and was awarded best judoka in the event, while another player Venkat too represented the country.

Talking to Telangana Today, the Telangana Judo Association secretary Kailash Yadav said that they had approached the government for financial support. “We met ministers and asked for financial support. We have also suggested to give the aid from Paralympic budget. Now judo also comes under Paralympics and they have the right to demand their share. The process has been on for the last two years. The government has not responded favourably. They have directed the corporation for necessary support. But we are still waiting. Nothing has been done so far.”

He also said that the team has to wait for someone to help them financially if they have to participate in the national championship.

“We do not have funds of our own to send the teams to the nationals. However, a few good Samaritans came forward to help us financially in sending the teams to participate in national events around the country. The travel is taken care of. But on their return, there is no financial assistance. They are still struggling despite good performances,” he added.