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Support Ice Skating Champion Rajkumar

Rajkumar was born into a poor family in a small village in Uttar Pradesh on Jan 11, 1993. He is currently 23 years old.

When he was 4 or 5, he fell from the roof of a house and crashed to the ground, landing on and injuring his head. He was subsequently diagnosed with a condition that is termed "EXTREMELY LOW I.Q. WITH HYPERACTIVITY".

He has always been fond of sport, and in the early years he excelled in any sport that he took up, be it Soccer or Basketball or any other. He soon came to the notice of the Special Olympics Association of India, who told him that they would like him to try his 'hand' at ICE SKATING. They had no one to represent India in that event at the upcoming Special Olympics. Rajkumar took to Ice Skating like a fish to water and, to cut a long story short, he won the Gold Medal for India, at the Figure Skating event at the Special Olympics 2013 held in South Korea.

Since then, he has participated in several Ice Skating Championships in India and abroad and has won many events.Though the Gold Medal has won him acclaim and laurels, financially it has brought Rajkumar little to no gains. Today he sells imitation jewellery on the footpaths of Paharganj, Delhi, to finance his interest for the sport.

He is in dire need of funds to finance his dreams of representing India at the regular Winter Olympics in 2018. He needs the money to train abroad, in the US, as India currently has no such developed facility. With your support and contribution, Rajkumar can achieve this goal.

The costs would include the air ticket to the US and back, boarding and lodging there, coaching fees and fees for use of the Ice Skating Rink. This comes out to be approximately Rs. 7 Lakhs for a 3-month session. The more he trains, the better he will get and the better will be his chances of winning laurels for our country! He could do with as many 3- month sessions as he can afford! But the first will help him start and be a source of encouragement. Please contribute.

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23rd May 2017
Dear Supporters,

Your generosity has not just given hope to a sportsman but also made him believe in himself and encouraged him to climb greater heights. Thank you for getting financially handicapped Rajkumar back to the ice skating rink.

I am Radhika, a Fellow with Milaap. I got an opportunity to speak to Rajkumar about his journey with ice skating. It gives me great happiness to inform you all that in August 2016, he went to the United States to receive specialized coaching. He was trained for 5 months at the Kendall Ice Arena in Miami.

Here are a few pictures of his journey abroad:

I always dreamt of going abroad. This is like a huge dream come true for me. In the presence of a coach, I learnt so many new techniques and got to improve immensely. Even the quality of the practice ground was superior,” says Rajkumar. His voice filled with contentment, he adds, “Earlier, I used to get nervous as I watched my opponents perform at the international level. I was not well choreographed, nor did I have the skills and proper techniques. I could not even do a jump. Now I can do a double jump.

After returning back to India in January, he participated in two competitions. He won a gold medal at the Indraprastha Tournament, and won a silver medal at the All India ice-skating championship organized by the Ice Skating Association of India.

Rajkumar posing with his silver medal at the All India Ice-skating Championship.

There is still a long way to go for Rajkumar before he can confidently represent India at the Winter Olympics in 2018. His trials for the Olympics are expected to begin from November 2017. Since there is no proper ice skating center in Delhi, he goes with his father to practice at the ice rink in Ambiance Mall, Gurgaon. Sadly, due to lack of financial assistance, he cannot practice regularly.

Picture of Rajkumar at the ice rink in Ambiance Mall, Gurgaon.

It is essential for me to practice under a coach on a daily basis. To perform excellently at an international level, I need to learn choreographies involving yoga poses and other impressive stunts. Here, in India, I practice all by myself,” says Rajkumar.

I would sincerely request you all to please share his campaign in your network of friends and family. Your effort will help a gem not just sustain but polish his talent. Seeing his dedication, if he continues to receive the right guidance, we are sure he will continue to do our whole country proud!

23rd August 2016
Dear All,

Happy to announce that Rajkumar is finally on his way to Miami, USA.

He joins me in thanking all of you who have contributed so generously to his cause. He has worked tirelessly to come to this point on his way to make his dream come true. He carries your good wishes with him on his journey to make India proud.

Thank you all once more!

15th June 2016

Dear Supporters,
Rajkmuar is working hard to keep fit. Currently, he is training on his own at the ice skating rink in Delhi. He has applied for the U.S. visa. The U.S. embassy, as a protocol, wants to evaluate and take a look at his bank account, income tax returns, etc. before they process the visa. Rajkumar comes from a poor background. But, he isn't letting the odds discourage him. He is determined to represent the nation at the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

Going to the U.S. is just the first step. He needs funds to carry out his training there. By sharing the campaign as much as possible, and contributing, you can help Rajkumar go to US and avail the required training. This will help improve his chances to win medals and make India proud.

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