At a time when PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik made the country proud by winning medals in recently concluded Rio Olympics, a story of a poor football player has come out and is showing the other side of Indian sports. Soni Kumari, the captain of the Under-14 Indian football team, is living in immense poverty. Also Read- Rio Olympics 2016: What will India takeaway from a disappointing show in Brazil?
The talented footballer was part of the Indian women under-14 team that lifted the Asian Football Confederation Tournament in 2013 and then she was promoted to the captain of the Under-14 Football team. Also Read- Three super girls conferred Khel Ratna along with Jitu Rai
Soni hails from West Champaran district of Bihar. The footballer has a backward background, and her story is a reality check. Her coach, Sunil Verma, reveals how in 2010 Soni, was wearing a torn T-shirt, approached him to play football.
The training was not easy for Soni, and she even once collapsed due to a stomach ache as the young girl had nothing to eat the previous night. Despite all the odds and no real support from the government, Soni went on represent India at international levels. The young footballer was even felicitated by UNICEF.
You can watch the video below how Soni has turned the tide in her favour thus far. The video is made by Video Volunteers Community Correspondent and has appealed to help this talented footballer.
A few days back Sindhu and Sakshi were showered with huge monetary prizes after their medal-winning performance at Olympic Games 2016. We are not against felicitation of sportspersons, but some of the money can be diverted to help poor and talented sportsmen and women. That will indeed benefit the country in long run. (Featured Image: Screen grab, Video Volunteers/Youtube).