Coaches facing a lot of hardship

With the coronavirus holding sway, the sports activities business within the nation is struggling to breathe.

Raj Hazarika, who runs many sports activities academies within the National Capital Region, and has submitted a petition to the Union Sports Minister to help such institutes on this second of disaster, brings to the fore the plight of many sports activities professionals.

Broken our backs

“The situation has broken our backs,” says Hazarika. “We have zero income. Several families depend on us. We have opened our centres with government permission, and follow all hygiene norms. Yet, there is no inflow. Due to the rising number of cases, people are afraid to step out. Therefore income is almost nil.”

Hazarika feels schemes like collateral-free loans may help sports activities professionals tide over the robust section and keep on with their chosen sports activities careers. “Some of the coaches who went back home have refused to return to work in the field of sports. E. Satyaraj, a reputed tennis coach from Chennai, is now running a South Indian food cart in Kanpur,” says Hazarika.

Aman Dev, a tennis coach from Kolkata, works in a grocery store whereas Nazim Ul Islam, a tennis coach from Delhi, has fallen again on his polytechnic qualification to turn into a fridge and air-conditioning mechanic.

The listing will get longer.

“K. Ramandeep, a former junior India player and a full-time coach with FC Barcelona Football School in India, has gone back to farming in Jalandhar. Siddharth Dalal, who was head coach of the Junior NBA India team two years ago, is supplying biscuits to grocery shops,” says Hazarika.

Another certified basketball coach from Rajasthan, Vikram Singh, drives a ‘tuk-tuk’ in his hometown. The pulse of Indian sports activities is feeble; give it the required life help, pleads Hazarika.

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