Correspondent

Mandakini Mohanta is a renowned power lifting champion

She has been unemployed for a long time

Her appeal to district administration for help is of no effect

BHUBANESWAR: For the second consecutive year, two-time claimant of the coveted Strong Woman of the Year of India title, Orissa’s famed women power lifter Mandakini Mohanta may miss the forthcoming Asian Power lifting Championships at Udaipur city commencing on May 1 for financial constraints.

The 30-year-old self-made acclaimed athlete, who hails from Mayurbhanja district, has bagged five gold medals besides scores of silver and bronze in the national power lifting championships in the 52-kg. category during her chequered career spanning over 13 years. She has not been able to deposit Rs.36, 000 with the Indian Power lifting Federation towards her participation fee – exactly as the previous year – that would debar the national champion from representing the nation.

“I need to deposit the amount latest by the end of this month.

I also need about Rs.30, 000 more to have the kits for participation and for travelling to Rajasthan. I am unemployed and my family has no source to support my financial requirements,” said Mandakini whose desperate bid to get a job in the police department went in vain last year despite passing through the tests and sitting on a dharana at the State capital to draw the attention of the government. “I qualified to be appointed as a Sub-Inspector of Police in 2006. But, though three years have lapsed, there has not been any appointment letter,’ she added.

Mandakini has also appealed to the Mayurbhanj District Collector for financial help to enable her to join the Udaipur Asian meet but to no avail.