In spite of government apathy, this sports centre in Coimbatore hopes for the best
October 30, 2018
India is rich with para athletes and para sportsmen. But most of them go unnoticed due to lack of government support and encouragement. One such NGO that is struggling to promote para athletes is the Para Volleyball Association of Coimbatore (PVAC). In spite of having represented Tamil Nadu in national tournaments and having won numerous accolades, this NGO is struggling to even buy sports equipments!
Tamil Nadu is the only state that has over ten districts with exclusive volleyball teams. And the case of most of the teams is just the same. PVAC kick started in May 2018 under the guidance of Albert Premkumar. They recently represented Tamil Nadu in national tournaments at Rajasthan and Haryana, and they bagged prizes for both!
Unlike how it is played by people without disabilities, para volleyball is a sitting game. It has been recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as well. PVAC has over 12 team members, most of them who were disabled after accidents or have been affected by polio.
Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore is now a true saviour to this bunch of passionate para volleyball players. College authorities have agreed to lend their stadium premises for practice sessions during weekends!
Though Tamil Nadu does well in the national games, we do not get any support from the state government. All that we get in a meager Rs 10,000 when we hold a match! So our players have to fund for their own tickets, accommodation and food when we go for national tournaments. Volleyball sports equipments are quite expensive. Our NGO is funding for the equipments as well which comes up to thousands of rupees. This kind of apathy is extremely disheartening! We can do our country proud and perform in international platforms if the government helps us- Prince Durairaj, Secretary, Para Volleyball Association of Coimbatore
PVAC is a part of the Tamil Nadu Para Volleyball Association. It was started in Coimbatore so that disabled people who are interested in the game from the city can explore the sport better. Like most of the para sports, volleyball has also been sidelined. PVAC hopes to give a new lease of life to sportsmen and the sport in Coimbatore.
Arul Prakash is the Captain of the Tamil Nadu Para Volleyball Team. He is also a prominent member of PVAC.
"We have been active since the year 2012. After all these years, we still face a lot of financial constraints and this affects our game in different ways. Over the past few months, we have been getting meagre amounts as sponsorship. But that is not enough to meet ends", says Arul.
In spite of government apathy and ignorance, these sportsmen are gearing up for the upcoming national level championship that will be hosted at their hometown in Coimbatore in the month of December. Their undying spirits are a true inspiration!
Watch in Sign Language
- Kerala youth gets electric wheelchair from donor, but stuck indoors due to poor road conditions
August 22, 2019
- #IStandIndependent - Amidst hardships, Manoj Kumar pursues his love for sports with determination & hard work
August 22, 2019
- Indian para swimmers successfully swim the Catalina Channel, set Asia record
August 21, 2019
Read more on Newz Hook
- Get-Hooked August 20, 2019 Inclusive Spotfix initiative to beauty Bangalore roads
- Headlines August 18, 2019 Telephone services, Internet partially back in J&K
- Headlines August 21, 2019 Narendra Modi speaks to Donald Trump
- Get-Hooked August 19, 2019 Hydrotherapist Amal Upadhyay is convinced about the healing powers of swimming
- Headlines August 18, 2019 ‘Mission Mangal’ gets grand opening at box office
- Parasports August 21, 2019 Indian para swimmers successfully swim the Catalina Channel, set Asia record
- Get-Hooked August 17, 2019 Parenting Corner- Motivating children
- Headlines August 19, 2019 Heavy rains bring down temperatures in Delhi
- Technology August 15, 2019 'Smart Car Seat for Differently-Abled' gets a thumbs up for innovation & creativity
- Get-Hooked August 16, 2019 Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats' sensory love notes ease back to school transition for children with autism
Want to feature your inspiring story or share an event with the disabled community? Write to:
Newz Hook - Accessible News