Blind judo experts from Tamil Nadu struggle for funds for world competition

When they are on the mat, R. Vijayashanti and Susheela look like any other judo practitioners.

But these 24-year-old judokas from Tamil Nadu are blind, and they are set to create history.

For the first time ever in the history of the sport in Tamil Nadu, they will represent the state in the World Judo Championship in Uzbekistan from 7 October.

They are postgraduate students at Queen Mary’s College and have been practising judo for five years. Both come from a family of farmers who struggle to make a living.

Vijayashanti, who is from Tiruvannamalai district, had experience in judo at school. But both girls are struggling to find sponsors so going for the tournament is quite a struggle.

They have approached the Tamil Nadu government and some private organizations for funds.

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