Top female para shuttlers Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar are yet to attain the support from the government even after securing qualification for the mega event with ease. The government are yet to turn their eye to these two promising para-athletes while providing the necessary support for six men para shuttlers.
Palak and Parul are in desperate need of facilities for practice with the Tokyo Paralympics only a few months away. The support has been cut off at a crucial time since the duo are certain to qualify for the event with a hefty lead at the top and one more qualifying tournament still in place.
The para shuttlers are yet to avail equipment support from the Khelo India initiative nor have they been enrolled in TOPs.
“It is shocking to know that women para shuttlers who have a good chance of winning the medal are not receiving any support” pondered a shuttler
Palak Kohli, who is touted as an ace when it comes to the sport, has even tried writing and tweeting to the ministry to avail the deserved amenities. Expected to feature in both singles and doubles format, the 17-year-old is yet to get a response or an explanation from the respective authorities.
“Currently, I am World No.5 and top and the only para-badminton athlete from the country to qualify for both singles and women’s doubles for Tokyo Paralympics 2021. Now short time is left and I need equipment support from Khelo India nor I am getting enrolled in TOPs. Hence, I am being deprived of the facilities and support which are also required to prepare for the Paralympics that includes various equipment support also,” She wrote to sports minister Kiren Rijiju.
On the other hand, in a move which defies equality, all of the male para shuttlers are receiving full-fledged help from the government. Chief badminton coach Gaurav Khanna confirmed the same by stating to Times Of India:
“All the qualifying players are already in TOP scheme of SAI except Parul and Palak. I hope that SAI would enrol them soon in TOPs. I am expecting five to eight players to represent the country in the Games. Parul and Palak have ensured their slot with a huge margin,”
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