Selected for Asian Games, he has no money for travels

Parents of Pimpri-Chinchwad youth selected for Asian Beach Games at Vietnam are knocking on PCMC doors for financial support

Shreeyash Vijaykumar Chavan

Shreeyash Vijaykumar Chavan

of Pimpri Chinchwad has been selected by the Indian Olympic Association to represent India in the Vietnamese martial art Vovinam sport at the 5th Asian Beach Games 2016, to be held at Danang, Vietnam, from September 28 to October 3

Being from a modest family background, the 19-year-old Shreeyash is now in a quandary as to how to raise the two lakh rupees to finance his trip to the Asian Games. He has not been able to get financial support from the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Shreeyash’s mother Sujata said, “We have already paid his coaching fees of Rs 1.25 lakh, but we need Rs two lakh for travel expenses. We have already taken a loan and some friends have also extended monetary support. I have been trying to get some aid from the PCMC sports department and the PCMC mayor, but I have not succeeded yet. I work as co-ordinator at Lokmanya Hospital, Chinchwad. My husband works for Tata Motors. We are not able to raise the money needed for our son’s travel. Shreeyash has been keen on martial arts ever since he was a teenager, and has won several awards in school, and at district, state level and national competitions. He has won three bronze medals at the district level, two gold at the state level, and one national level silver medal.”

PCMC Sports Committee Chairman Sameer Masulkar told TGS that he had not received any application from the Chavan family for help. “If I get an application, I will definitely help him. At a PCMC standing committee meeting we have already proposed to fund sportspersons if they fulfil certain criteria,” he said.

Corporator Narayan Bahirwade said, “Shreeyash’s parents have asked me for financial help, and I have promised them Rs 25,000. We also plan to propose in the standing committee meeting to provide Rs one lakh for him.”

PCMC Mayor Shakuntala Dharade said, “We will definitely help Shreeyash. The governing committee and sports committee are discussing the proposal of how to help the kid.”

Ashok Gakwade of Lokmanya Hospital Human Resources department said that Shreeyash is talented. “It’s our responsibility to encourage sportspersons like him and see that he gets proper facilities. Lokmanya Hospital staff are contributing to help Shreeyash. But PCMC must take responsibility and motivate and encourage sportspersons,” he said.

Shreeyash’s coach Shankar Mahabale said, “There are only a few days left. We don’t have sufficient money. Sixteen sportspersons from Maharashtra have been selected for the 5th Asian Beach Games 2016. We are holding a training camp at Aurangabad. We have asked politicians and private companies for monetary support but we have not received it yet. The government expects sportspersons to win medals, but ignore their financial problems. Sportspersons have to take loans and most sportspersons face financial problems.”

Originally published on The Golden Sparrow

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