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Funds crunch may deter athlete’s journey to the U.S.

Vishwa Kundapura
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N. Nagesh
N. Nagesh

warfism has not deterred him from dreaming high and achieving laurels in the field of sports. This never-say-die spirit in him has brought him an opportunity to represent India in the World Dwarf Games to be held from August 3 to 10 at Michigan State University, U.S.

But, acute shortage of funds has raised a question whether this athlete will be able to go to the U.S. at all.

N. Nagesh (29), a resident of Kadaripura in Bangarpet taluk of Kolar district, is among the 20-member Indian contingent, including 10 from Karnataka, to represent the country at the meet being organised by the International Dwarf Athletic Federation once every four years since 1983. Mr. Nagesh, whose father, Narayanappa, is a coolie, is struggling to mobilise funds required to go to the U.S. “Though the Karnataka Dwarfs’ Welfare Association has made an appeal to the State government, we have not received any concrete assurance from the department concerned till date,” an anxious Nagesh told The Hindu here on Monday.

Mr. Nagesh, who has studied up to pre-university, could not find a job and started performing with orchestras to earn a livelihood. He has taken part in sports events, including international ones, for dwarfs held during meets for people with disabilities.

A second prize in men’s double in the national badminton tourney; a second place in athletics and a first in discus throw in the third athletics meet in Bellary; a third place in shot-put in the south zone sports meet for physically challenged people at Mysore in 2005; a third place in shot-put in the meet conducted by the Paralympics Committee of India at Faridabad in 2008; and a second place in running at the seventh national sports meet are the major achievements of Mr. Nagesh.

This is the first time that Mr. Nagesh has got a chance to take part in an event held abroad.

Mr. Nagesh is slated to compete in javelin throw, discus throw and power lifting in the 40-kg category at the Michigan meet. Though he expressed happiness over his son’s achievements, Mr. Narayanappa is apprehensive whether he will be able to mobilise funds. Those who wish to help Mr. Nagesh may call Ph.: 9008015180 or 9480177305.

Nagesh is among the 20-member Indian contingent to represent the country at the world meet

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