Sisters learn Judo for self-defense will now play for the country in England!
There is no complete light in the eyes, but their dreams are big and these dreams have come out to be achieved by Sarita Chaura of Panjrakalan village in Hoshangabad. Sarita, a very poor family, is visually impaired and will represent the country in the 48 kg junior category at the Commonwealth Para Judo Championships to be held in England in September. He will be accompanied by Bhopal’s Poonam Sharma and Swati Sharma. Poonam has participated in the 2018 World Cup and Asian Para Games.
The two are preparing for a private judo club in Bhopal. While Sarita is practicing in the village with sister Jyoti and Pooja Chaura. The three sisters are visually impaired and are National Para Judo players. Sarita had to deposit Rs 1 lakh 12 thousand for a visa, kit charge, etc., in the Indian Blind and Para Judo Association’s account to go to England, but the Chaura Samaj helped raise Rs 1.25 lakh in three days.
There is no coach, so the sisters are training in the village.
We don’t have a Judo Academy or a coach to prepare for England, so both sisters have come to my prep village. After eighth, a schoolteacher helped us enter a residential school in Indore, but the helplessness of being blind did not leave us behind. All three of us were afraid of our safety. In 2017, with the help of a Dalit organization, the Bhopal-based site Saver Organisation organized judo training, where we participated and changed our lives. The confidence of protecting ourselves in trouble came within us.
It was only then that the state label judo competition was revealed for the visually impaired. Pooja and I participated in it and we were both selected for the National Competition held in Lucknow in 2018. Both won the bronze medal. In 2019, all three of us arrived at the National. Here Pooja got a bronze in the senior category and I got a silver medal in the junior category.
Today, the atmosphere of celebration in the village: Sarita’s father Lakhan Lal Chaura explains what he did not hear and endure when his daughters were born, but today there is an atmosphere of excitement in our home and village. Mother Krishna recalls that when the daughters were in school, their uncles sometimes went to school. We have always been in fear and suffering. The name of the village is being brightened today because of the daughters who have won the medal. Jayanarayan Patel, secretary of the Chaura Samaj, points out that the society has raised money in three days as the daughter has become the pride of the village.
Archana Bhambal, director, Site Saver MP, points out that we started this training for safety, but these girls, in turn, filled us with our bag of medals. In the last three years, the girls have won a total of 7 Gold, 13 Silver and 14 Bronze in the Senior and Junior categories. The girls also won five silver and 4 bronze medals at the National Championships held in Gorakhpur in February this year.
Courtesy : OBN