Any mention of wrestling in India would be incomplete without a reference to Guru Hanuman Akhara.
Most boys here come from rural places and have a background of farming and agriculture. Their families cannot afford the kind of diet that is crucial to their training," says Maha Singh Rao coach at Guru Hanuman Akhara, Rao himself is a Dronachaya awardee.
Of the young men in the akhara are 5 promising and incredibly talented youngsters:
The boys, however are very far from losing the dream to represent their country at the Olympics.
Much on their way to bringing great glory to the nation, it is indeed a relief that the coaching is provided to them free of cost.However, their nutritional requirements are very different from that of the other members of their family, and unfortunately are not affordable to them. All of these boys come from families of farmers and have already taken the first step on their end to pursue their passion.
"It hurts me as a guru to watch these talented boys struggle this way, when they have all it takes to be International players", continues the coach, "but there is no other way they can sustain themselves otherwise."
A diet training has been drawn up for these boys, where the cost for one person, per month is approximately 25,000 rupees. The total cost for this diet training for the 5 boys for a year would be around 15 lakh rupees. This includes a nutritious, well-planned, essential diet with 3 litres of milk, eggs and other necessary sources of nutrition.