Parasports July 26, 2018
Deaf chess champ Suman Prabhu asks why government is indifferent to disabled sportspersons
From a small village in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district to the world stage, Suman Prabhu’s journey is truly inspiring. This deaf chess player has come back with a silver medal in the recently held Deaf Chess Championships in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Suman has made India proud and raised the bar for people with disabilities in the country. Yet, she says she has to struggle for even basic recognition from the government. Suman says the government does not support the deaf international players as much as the others.
Her village lacks basic facilities, yet Suman has won four medals for India in chess. Her family is unhappy with the government as it has shown no interest in her achievements on the world stage. Deaf players are not given the same privileges despite winning equal medals for the country.
Suman is yet to receive financial help or a job. Her family alleges that the state government openly discriminates against deaf players and that this has to change.
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