Help is pouring in for the national arm-wrestling champion Snibu R Ravi, a head-load worker of the Kochi main market, after the Hindustan Times front-paged his plight. Many good Samaritans have promised help to realise his dream of attending the World Wrestling Meet in Canada.
The three-time national champion in 110-plus category Snibu, son of a taxi driver, had approached many sports bodies and the government for financial help to attend the meet. But he was turned away curtly saying his game was not there in the sport events recognized by the Indian Olympic Association.. The HT caught up with the young champ when he was almost resigned to his fate.
“We are flooded with inquiries. We are really happy with the response we got. This spirit and camaraderie will really help boost some of the events that are always pushed to the backbench,” Snibu's coach L B Mukunda Kumar is upbeat.
“I would like to thank the HT for working towards identifying the talent in the country. This is indeed an invaluable contribution to India's talent pool, especially in sports, knowing the fact that we are biased towards cricket. I guess we all should voice this concern together and should come up with an initiative/fund or something similar like this that can take care of an immense potential and talent in the country,” wrote Surbhi Goyal from Delhi promising help.