H.N. Girisha, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, on Friday drew the attention of people’s representatives and the administration to the lack of sports infrastructure in Hassan city.
He was speaking after being felicitated by the district administration at the district stadium here.
He said there was no synthetic athletic track and urged the government to fulfil the needs of sportspersons so as to encourage talent. “Many cities in the State have good sports infrastructure. Hassan lacks facilities for sports activities,” he said.
Mr. Girisha recalled that six years ago when he wanted to take part in the University of Mysore’s inter-college athletics meet meant for regular students, he was discouraged by the organisers. “I was disappointed. My friends who saw me in tears convinced the organisers to give me a chance. I won a bronze medal in the high jump event despite having physical deformity. Those who had discouraged me, honoured me later,” he said.
He called upon students to make efforts to achieve success ignoring all the discouragements in life.
Mr. Girisha appealed to the district administration to provide basic amenities in his native village, Hosanagara in Arkalgud taluk. “The village lacks basic necessities such as drinking water and road connectivity,” he said.
The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda said Mr. Girisha had made people of Hassan proud by winning the silver medal.