New Delhi [India], July 30 (ANI): Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, has sanctioned a sum of Rs 5 lakhs to Shiksha, a national Wushu champion from Haryana, who came under severe financial distress due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The 22-year-old athlete had to quit her training and take up a job as a farm labourer to support her family.
Shiksha, who has won 24 gold medals at the state Wushu Championship, was sanctioned the money through the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.
Shiksha said that she is grateful for the intervention of the Sports Minister and is hoping to return to training as soon as possible.
"I don't have words to thank the Sports Minister for his noble gesture and sending across Rs. 5 lakhs at a time like this. I am absolutely determined to get back to my training at the earliest and it's so good to see such a proactive minister who cares for the athletes. I promise everyone that within a year, I will win a gold medal for the country," Shiksha, who is also pursuing her BSc in sports science, said in a statement.
She further stated that winning a gold medal for the country is her ultimate aim.
"My main ambition is to win gold for the country, my parents have sacrificed everything to bring me here. Unfortunately due to the pandemic things were brought to a standstill, my training got stopped and I had to take up manual labour and support my parents. However once all this ends, I want to return to training because winning gold for the country is my ultimate aim," she said. (ANI)