HT Impact: Pune’s national ‘paper boy’ boxer knocked out with sponsorship deal
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HT Impact: Pune’s national ‘paper boy’ boxer knocked out with sponsorship deal

22-year-old national medallist Akshay Mare gets a helping hand from Mumbai-based company Dorf Ketal after HT reported his daily struggle and urged the corporate and government firms to help the budding sports talent

pune Updated: Sep 19, 2017 14:12 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Dorf Ketal CSR head Santosh Jagdhane (L) visited Akshay Mare’s house in Pune to present him boxing gloves. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT PHOTO)

A ring of good fortune has knocked out the ‘newspaper’ from ‘newspaper boy boxer’, the nickname that Pune’s 22-year-old Akshay Mare was known by all these years.

The upcoming boxer who proved his mettle by winning a national bronze, is all set to conquer more tournaments, as his financial struggle to pursue his passion that made him climb 10 floors to deliver newspapers to earn two rupees every day has been taken care of by a Mumbai-based global firm.

Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Pvt Ltd, a chemical manufacturing and supply company specialising in the treatment of opportunity crude oil, has offered a helping hand to cover Mare’s sport-related expenses.

Hindustan Times on July 28, 2017, has reported the national medallist’s daily struggle and had urged corporate and government firms to help the budding sports talent.

Subodh Menon, founder-director of Dorf Ketal, has offered to sponsor Mare through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

According to Santosh Jagdhane, CSR head of Dorf Ketal, the firm’s management followed Mare’s case with due diligence and Jagdhane visited the boxer’s slum dwelling on Dandekar bridge on September 18 and presented him boxing gloves and a sponsorship letter.

“Our director Subodh Menon is a sport enthusiast and our firm has been helping deserving sportspersons who come from economical weaker section of society for the past three years,” said Jagdhane.

“With the firm taking care of my financial needs, I can now concentrate on my training. Winning international medals and making my country proud is my ultimate aim now,” Mare said.

Akshay Mare (centre) with his mother and Santosh Jagdhane, head of CSR of Dorf Ketal, at Mare's house in Pune, showing the boxing gloves and sponsorship certificate. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Dorf Ketal is currently supporting five athletes, including Swati Shinde and Nandini Salokhe (international wrestlers), Haresh Kamble (shooting), Snehal Salonke (archery) and Adil Ansari (para archery). The firm has supported international wrestler Reshma Mane, and Pravin Jadhav, Sanket Pashte and Tanmay Malusare (archery) in the past.

“We have a structured sports sponsorship programme which provides monthly stipend, nutrition supplement, medical insurance, strength and conditioning expert, coach, counsellor, gym, sports related incidental expenses and an uninterrupted close monitoring and evaluation of the progress of sports persons,” Jagdhane said.

Dorf Ketal has sponsored three upcoming boxers, two coaches, besides providing financial assistance to set up a physio centre with a full-time physiotherapist for the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Federation, Imphal. The firm also developed a special gym for women wrestlers in Murgud and provided Olympic quality instruments to all their sponsored archers.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 00:09 IST