I am fundraising to empower Indias Future Olympians

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Why am I fundraising?

The biggest dream of any athlete is to represent their country at the highest level. All athletes, irrespective of their physical attributes, deserve equal opportunities to train and compete. By raising funds for the GoSports Foundation para champions, I am endeavouring to support them and ensure that they receive specialised training, so that they can represent India at next year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

What do I plan to do with the funds?

All funds raised will go directly to the GoSports Foundation, which will utilise them towards providing the para athletes with the following, in order to support their training for the Paralympic Games 2016:

- Access to high-performance training
- Nutritional supplements
- Travel and tournament expenses (international)
- Apparel
- Physiotherapy and sports massage
- Injury management and rehabilitation

Their individual expenses are broken down as below.

Niranjan Mukundan:

DOB: Sep 4, 1994

Hometown: Bangalore, Karnataka

21 year old Niranjan is a fighter. Born with a medical condition called spina bifida, he has undergone as many as sixteen surgeries already. These obstacles have never deterred the young swimmer from going out all guns blazing in the pool. He was recently named World Junior Champion at the IWAS Games in the Netherlands, winning 10 medals in all 10 events that he entered!

Summary of Expenses

Items

Expenses (INR)

- Swimming apparel

60,000

- International travel expenses (tournament)

1,20,000

- Nutritional supplements

25,000

TOTAL

2,05,000



Sakina Khatun:

DOB: June 20, 1989

Hometown: Basirhat, West Bengal

Sakina is one of India’s premier women powerlifters. She has achieved success at the international stage despite being from a family of modest means. Initially a swimmer, her talent was spotted by her coaches when she lifted weights as well as her able-bodied counterparts did.

Summary of Expenses

Items

Expenses (INR)

- International tournament expenses (Hungary)

1,20,000

- Physiotherapy and massage

25,000

TOTAL

1,45,000

Rajinder Singh Rahelu:

DOB: July 22, 1973

Hometown: Jalandhar district, Punjab

Rajinder is an Arjuna awardee and an Indian powerlifter of international acclaim. He suffers from a condition of infantile paralysis, having contracted it when he was just 8 months old. Rajinder let none of it get in his way; turning to powerlifting soon after school. He is a bronze medallist at the Athens Paralympics.

Summary of Expenses

Items

Expenses (INR)

- International tournament expenses (Norway)

1,20,000

- Nutrition supplements

25,000

- Injury management and rehabilitation

25,000

TOTAL

1,70,000

FAQs

How are the athletes identified for support?

- A rigorous application process at the foundation comprises application forms being circulated to federations across India as well as in-depth research to identify high-performing athletes deserving of support. Each application received is evaluated thoroughly by a sport-specific expert, following which the shortlisted athletes are interviewed individually. This interview is to determine which athletes would benefit the most from the interventions the foundation can provide.

At what level are the athletes competing?

- These athletes are already competing at the international level, and will be competing at various qualifying events for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Why should I support these athletes?

- By supporting GoSports Foundation para-athletes, you are helping differently-abled athletes perform to their potential on a global stage. Their achievements would lead to a ripple effect, which would lead them to becoming role models and inspiring others to take up sport and strive for excellence.

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