Deaf Games: She was denied participation, but came back with bronze
She won a bronze in the 8th Asia Pacific Deaf Games held in Taiwan but participating in the event was not an easy task for 19-year-old Parul Gupta.
Her father Avinash Gupta, a resident of Patiala’s Sular Road area, said though his daughter’s name had been sent to the officials, she was removed from the list made by the All India Sports Council for Deaf (AISCD).
Avinash said they got to know that her name was not included after they landed in Taiwan for the games which were held from October 3 to 11. He said the council officials told them they were not able to pay the accreditation fee due to a shortage of funds and asked them to return home.
“Dejected, we staged a protest against the authorities and we got huge support from the Asian players,” said Avinash.
He said despite all the odds, Parul participated in the games as the match schedule had already been fixed with her name and won the bronze medal.
High drama was witnessed again on the day prizes were being distributed after officials asked Parul to pay the accreditation fee in order to get the medal. Avinash said he paid $60 from his pocket so that his daughter could receive her prize.
Lack of government aid
Even after earning laurels for her country, Parul has not received due recognition for her achievements and her life has not changed for the better.
Parul, who has been playing international tennis since 2013, is still struggling to get financial aid from the government.
Though Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia gave her a cheque for Rs 2 lakh in 2014, Avinash said it’s not enough for the three coaches they have hired to train her and he is bearing the expenses from his own pocket.
Parul also cannot travel alone to any championship like other children due to her disability.
“One person from the family and from the coaching staff has to accompany her to the international event which is also a burden on our pocket. I have approached many sponsors, but to no avail. The government help also seems a distant dream,” said Avinash.
The father of Parul’s partner Shaik Jafreen, who also won the bronze in the games after a struggle against the authorities, said he would take legal action against the AISCD.
“Someone should be held accountable for the harassment faced by both the players,” Shaik Zakeer Ahmad, who belongs to Hyderabad, said.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.