Sadly for the fact that the hockey community is struggling financially with the COVID-19 pandemic, former Indian captain Viren Rasquinha distributed Rs 22 lakh as a one-time benefit to players, coaches and groundman working at the grassroots level.
Go Sports Foundation with the Olympic Gold Quest
The fund was raised in just a week through a joint initiative of the Go Sports Foundation with the Olympic Gold Quest, a non-profit organization Rasquinha is director and CEO of. They named the initiative Lets Stick Together.
Funds were collected from 120 donors, including former hockey players, other sportsmen and corporate housing.
Under the initiative, each 10,000 rupees will be awarded as a one-time grant to 220 identified beneficiaries to overcome the crisis caused by the nationwide lockdown caused by the coronavirus.
I spoke to my former teammate Conroy Remedios, who was the coach of the Republican Sports Club in Mumbai, which is also my childhood club, and his wife Dipika Murthy, a former Indian goalkeeper and his wife Dipika Murthy, who learned how bad the grassroots situation was at the level, Rasquinha said Told PTI.
Coaches and groundman
The grassroots players, coaches and groundman found it difficult to put food on the table because they had no income during the blockade,” he said. Most of the club hockey players in Mumbai come from all over Maharashtra.
They belong to a poor background. Someone’s father is a food dealer, a barber or a car driver and their income has been hit hard. Then I thought to help them out. Have. Personal skills.
Turning from a 39-year-old hockey player to a management expert by then, he had already shared his thoughts with Nandan Kamath, managing director at the Go Sports Foundation, and the two decided to join hands on the Lets Stick Together initiative.
Rasquinha said, Without these grassroots people, it’s important to keep participating in the game as there is no intermediate or top level in any sport. I shared this with the OGQ board and they immediately decided to collaborate on this initiative with Go Sports Rasquinha said.
Former Indian midfielder said
The hardest thing was to find a legitimate beneficiary. To this end, Rasquinha used his contacts in the hockey community and took part in coaching like Remedios, K Arumugam, former Indian hockey players Dilip Tirkey, Bharat Chikara, Vikram Pillay and VS Vinaya, who run NGOs in New Delhi. Jude Felix Hockey Academy, etc.
The key was to find the right beneficiaries, so I trusted people involved in hockey for the last 20-25 players,” he said, 39. Rasquinha is also providing information from this initiative to similar campaigns in sports such as badminton and table tennis.
The nostalgic Indian hockey players
The “nostalgic” Indian hockey players who had been trapped in the SAI center in Bengaluru for more than two months due to the COVID-19 lockdown were allowed to leave the facility on Friday after a month of rest.
Homesick Indian hockey players amid closed breaks can leave the SAI center for months
File photo of Indian men’s hockey team in training. Image: Hockey India The men’s and women’s national team have been trapped in the South Center of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Bengaluru since March 25, when the government announced a nationwide lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, most of the team members, except a few, took a break and returned home. Hockey India said, “Most players on the men’s and women’s teams returned home on Friday morning after a month’s break.
They were already feeling the homesickness they conveyed to the State Sports Minister Kiren Ridge during a virtual interaction.” The source told PTI.
With the exception of Mumbai’s men’s goalkeeper Suraj Karkera and the women’s trio of Vandana Katariya, Sushila Chanu and Lalremsiami, all other players left the SAI Center on Friday morning at their respective homes.
The source said, “Suraj didn’t go because of the serious situation in Mumbai and Sushila, Vandana and Lalremsiami were withdrawn from each state due to the COVID-19 protocol,” the source said.
Vandana and Lalremsiami
Sushila is from Manipur, but Vandana and Lalremsiami are from Uttarakhand and Mizoram respectively. The men’s team’s support staff, including senior coach Graham Reid, had to stay in Bengaluru due to travel restrictions abroad.
However, Sjoerd Marijne, senior coach of the women’s team from the Netherlands, and Janneke Schopman, an analyst coach, are currently returning home via Mumbai. Both teams are expected to be reassembled on July 19th at the SAI South Center in Bengaluru.