Small town girls make it big at Khelo India Youth Games

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Khelo India Youth Games

The sixth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games(KIYG) is producing inspiring stories, where small town young talent from different parts of the country reaching greater heights despite of struggles and with very minute resources. Their passion and grit is revealing a greater story of their uncompromising attitude and never ending thirst for the glory.

M Tejashri of Tamil Nadu and Durga Singh of Bihar are such talents who capitalized their opportunities to make a mark at the KIYG.

M Tejashri’s success at Khelo India Youth Games

Tejashri who recently won the gold medal for her side in basketball, was elated to win it in her own backyard at Coimbatore and in front of her family. The Class 12 student is  a daughter of a Tailor, who struggled her way to train her daughter. Tejashri’s success is reminiscent of her mother Sathyvani’s firm stand for her daughter’s sporting career.

“All matches were held in hometown. My family members and and friends watched me play and encouraged me. It was a memorable experience”, Tejashri said after clinching gold in basketball.

According to Sathyavani, her husband separated from the family and her father was the only support, who passed away two years back. Despite struggles, Sathyavani ensured that her daughter receives good diet and proper coaching. She did tailoring day and night and slept only 5 hours to meet the expenses.

Sathyavani went on to acknowledge the support of Coimbatore District Basketball Association(CDBA) and coaches, which helped Tejashri to represent Tamil Nadu at youth games. Tejashri then earned a central government scholarship, which gave some relief to her mother.

Durga Singh attians glory at Khelo India Youth Games

The class 10 student Durga Singh shattered the record of 1500m record with a timing of 4 minutes and 29.22 seconds, at Chennai on Wednesday.
The fourth amongst a family of five siblings, Durga Singh would sprint in open spaces around the fields in her local village of Belwa Thakurai in Gopalganj district of Bihar. With a very minimal sporting background in the region, her father Shambu Sharan Singh, a wheat farmer, gave his daughter the enough freedom to do whatever her heart desired. Infact, Sharan Singh was the only one who supported her in her entire family.
Durga would play other sports like Kabaddi and Football, but always admired the greats like PT Usha and Usain Bolt since her childhood. Her talent was noticed at an early age and brought a medal in every competition she participated. She then joined Pataliputra Sports Complex to train under Rakesh Singh and soon realized what winning for country feels like. Her only aim is to make the country proud in mega events across the globe.