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Swastika Ghosh Junior Table Tennis Player Faced with Financial Crisis in Mumbai


Swastika Ghosh (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Swastika Ghosh (Picture Credit score: Twitter)

Swastika Ghosh’s father Sandeep, who can be her coach-cum-training associate, is rendered jobless for greater than 4 months and he’s discovering it tough to pay the lease of the home they’re staying at Navi Mumbai.

  • PTI
  • Final Up to date: August 8, 2020, 2:47 PM IST

World quantity 5 junior paddler Swastika Ghosh is going through acute monetary disaster because of the coronavirus-forced lockdown and her household is considering returning to her native place close to Kolkata as they’re struggling to even pay the room lease in Mumbai.

Swastika’s father Sandeep, who can be her coach-cum-training associate, is rendered jobless for greater than 4 months and he’s discovering it tough to pay the lease of the home they’re staying at Navi Mumbai. Sandeep was a desk tennis coach on the DAV Public College at Nerul however for the reason that lockdown, he’s underneath “no work, no pay”. He has been pressured to spend all his provident fund financial savings to make the ends meet.

“On a regular basis Swastika wants meals dietary supplements value about Rs 1200 to compensate for her six hours’ coaching. Every part has stopped now and if the lockdown continues like this we might should stop and return to Bengal,” the Degree 2 coach, who has been in Mumbai since 1992, advised PTI. “I had about Rs 60,000 left in my provident fund that additionally I’ve spent and later borrowed some cash from my in-laws. We’re left with no saving now and there is not any manner I can fund her coaching expense now.”

He stated the household was considering of going again to their native place at Andul, a suburb of Kolkata. “Not less than we’ve got a shelter there.” he stated.

“I simply hope that the varsity reopens and coaching resumes quickly, in any other case every thing is doomed for us,” the 52-year-old stated. Having turn into the cadet nationwide champion at 9 years of age in Ajmer 2013, Swastika made speedy strides within the final two years, enhancing her world junior rankings from 278 in January 2018 to a career-best fifth in April this 12 months.

Swastika is at the moment the top-ranked Indian junior with nationwide champion Diya Chitale a distant 38 within the TTFI world rankings. “It is the results of her publicity in Golden and Premier Sequence meets during the last two years. She has received about eight bronze medals at worldwide stage. However now we’re unsure what the long run holds for her.”

Sandeep stated he had written to each the central and state authorities, aside from the Maharashtra federation however there’s been “no response” but. “I had written to sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju and the state sports activities division right here however there was no response. Even the Maharashtra federation is popping a deaf ear to our plight.”

The one assist they have is from the Bengal Chamber which is funding her with Rs one lakh by means of a charity musical occasion. “It is going to be fairly a assist and can run for just a few months. I simply hope the scenario normalises by then and we’re again at coaching,” stated Sandeep.

If all goes properly, Swastika is concentrating on a medal on the World Junior Championships in Guimaraes, Portugal, from November 29-December 6. “It is going to be historical past if she wins a world championship medal. We are going to strive our greatest. The following goal is to do properly at youth stage and make the reduce at senior stage. If she improves her rating a minimum of the Ministry can take into account her together with within the TOP Scheme,” Sandeep stated.

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