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