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Good Sports: GIVING BACK TO THEIR SPORT

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2020
Good Sports: GIVING BACK TO THEIR SPORT

They haven’t been able to compete during the Covid-19 lockdown, but a few table tennis players in India have been busy raising money for coaches, trainers, and others whose livelihoods have been interrupted.

Achanta Sharath Kamal, G. Sathiyan, and Neha Aggarwal collected donations of more than Rs. 17 lakh (about $22,800) as part of an initiative called “Our chance to serve.” The money will benefit more than a hundred players, coaches, referees, and umpires who work at the grassroots level of the sport.

Sharath, 38, a nine-time national champion, knows first-hand the impact of the lockdown. His father and brother are both coaches whose work has been stalled.

“Ever since the lockdown, they have been unable to conduct any training classes,” he told ESPN. “I also know that a lot of coaches, whose livelihoods depend entirely on conducting summer classes, have had no work since March.”

 


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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