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Ambedkar Ngr’s PT Usha loves football, dancing

She loves to play football, and volleyball. She also loves to dance to the dholak. But Monday’s accident has closed that chapter for Arunima 'Sonu' Sinha, the 25-year-old PT Usha of Ambedkar Nagar.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2011 23:00 IST
Bhavna Wal

She loves to play football, and volleyball. She also loves to dance to the dholak. But Monday’s accident has closed that chapter for Arunima 'Sonu' Sinha, the 25-year-old PT Usha of Ambedkar Nagar.

The national-level athlete lost her left leg on Monday after being pushed out of a moving train, but not her sporting spirit.

“More than the money, I feel better now that the government has promised me a job. But a job in the CISF requires both legs. I will be grateful if I get a job with the Railways,” says Sonu after Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken announced an ex gratia of Rs 25,000.

Daughter of late armyman Harendra Kumar and health supervisor Gyanbala, Sonu is the second of three children.

Fond of games from childhood, her schooling in small towns of UP like Harayyia had not given her the requisite exposure. That happened after her mother was transferred to Ambedkar Nagar's Community Health Centre in

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More than the money, I feel better now that the government has promised me a job - Arunima ‘Sonu’ Sinha, victim

I only hope my daughter can stand on her feet. She will need all the support - Gyanbala, Arunima’s mother

Akbarpur.

Here, Sonu joined the Government Girls' Inter College, where she began participating in inter-collegiate championships - football, volleyball and athletics.

"Football is my favorite, I love being the goalkeeper," she said. Even after joining Sardar Patel Smarak Mahavidyalaya she continued with sports. “I was selected for the UP Women's Volleyball team in 2004,” she says. “But after college, my sports career ended. With no support, what could I do?”

After an MA in sociology, she was pursuing a Bachelor's degree in physical education from Pratapgarh.

When the accident happened on Tuesday she was on her way for an interview for the post of a constable with the CISF in Noida. Among the city’s VIPs who visited her were Mayor Supriya Aron and BJP leader Santosh Gangwar. “I have volunteered to pay for the entire treatment,” said Gangwar. Her mother Gyanbala says, “I only hope my daughter can stand on her feet. She will need all the support.” Sister Lakshmi and brother Rahul nod in agreement.