Gujarat’s Under-17 Girls team has clinched a bronze medal at the ongoing Khelo India Youth Games 2019 at Pune in Maharashtra.
The organizers surprised the four girls by inviting their parents to watch their medal matches at the KIYG 2019.
With the win, four players in the Gujarat’s kho-kho team share their journey, struggle and their inspiring story.
Young Gujarat Kho-Kho Stars
These young kho-kho stars come from the humblest of backgrounds, having had almost no facilities that are common to athletes from urban background.
Four girls, Chandrika, Rekha, Lasi and Sonal hail from a remote village called Sampra in Gujarat.
These girls have found immense support from their parents who broke the barriers of a conservative society and gave their children the freedom to pursue their dreams.
One of the parents stated that this was the first time that they had travelled out of Gujarat. They were also happy to watch their children compete in a top-level event.
Last year at Khelo India School Games, Chandrika and Rekha had shown the way a year ago, when they were part of the Gujarat’s under-17 girl’s team that won a silver medal.
Gujarat Government Scheme
The Gujarat Government, through multiple schemes in recent years, has inspired athletes to pursue their dreams with strong financial incentives.
These young kho-kho players of Sampra Primary School have been benefitted from the ‘In-school programme’ scheme, run by the Gujarat Government.
The scheme works with schools from talukas and spots talented athletes who are then nurtured. The scheme now has 251 schools and almost 139,000 athletes.
The government has also launched specific schemes to empower women in sport, providing 40% reservation for female athletes who wish to pursue a career in sport.
We also fund entire course fees for women who wish to pursue a study in sports coaching. This encourages female participation in sport.
-Gujarat official Bhaumik Kumar Oza.
Star swimmer Maana Patel had earlier expressed appreciation towards the Shaktidoot scheme for helping her greatly.
Thakor Vasant, 21-year old coach brings a smile to the faces of the four kho-kho players as the coach played a pivotal role in their lives.
The girls owe a big part of their success to Vasant and were glad as she was there to watch them play.
Vasant who is a kho-kho player herself trains almost 80 kho-kho players herself back home in Sampra and said that It was a great moment for her when these girls were selected to represent Gujarat but it felt even sweeter when they won medals.