- Para-athlete Deepa Malik on Monday stressed upon the need to create role-models in the country’s Para games scene.
- "This will help attract more people to the sports," she said.
- Speaking upon the student protests on CAA, Malik said that she the youth were channelising their energies in the wrong direction.
Ace para-athlete Deepa Malik on Monday stressed upon the need to create role-models in the country’s Para games scene to attract more and more people concerned to the Paralympic sports.
“We need to create role models unless we have medals in big games we can’t attract the focus of the CSR, government policies and their budgets to the Paralympic sports. It is very very important to us to maintain the talent which we already have and ensure that all the facilities and every little thing are provided to them so that we don’t miss that medal,” Deepa told reporters here during an event.
“As an athlete council representative, I feel very elated that such huge corporates and their foundation – Kane Foundation- they are coming forward and supporting the training and journey of the athletes. For the first time, I’m seeing an athlete-centric approach. Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) is bringing forward the athletes and connecting them for the CSR initiatives,” she added.
The star Paralympian was speaking during an event where the Kane Foundation joined hands to support the para-athletes for training and other things. Malik also added that she sees the foundation’s support as a big boost to the game.
“This is going to be a huge boost not just to there training but also to there morale and in general awareness,” she said.
When questioned about her take over the protests by college students over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Deepa replied that the youths were utilising their energies in the wrong direction.
“I think these are the youths whose energy are not channelised in the right direction. I feel when you engage the youth in sporting activities, their energies are directed in the right direction. They become healthier and more constructive and positive thinking citizens,” she said.