Braving all odds, Manipur women climb podium in national debut – The New Indian Express

Express news service

CHENNAI: Funding from the state association and friends has helped them compete in national championships, both junior and senior. Financial constraints, however, could not prevent them from finishing on the podium in both events.

Meet Manipur rowers Th Priya Devi and H Tendenthoi Devi, who won the 2000m doubles couple silver medal on their debut at the 39th National Senior Rowing Championships and 23rd Open Sprints in the Army Rowing Node, Pune. Only a month ago they won gold in the same event at the junior national championships.

Coming from modest families – Tendenthoi’s father, H Binoy Singh is a fisherman while Priya’s father, Th Somen Singh is a farmer – the duo started rowing just a few years after completing the breeding trials organized by the Manipur Rowing Association. .

“Sport for children here is a step towards a better future. Like others, Priya and Tendenthoi have also started rowing in the hope of securing government jobs so that they can contribute to the income of families,” Debit Singh, who trains around 130 children at Loktak Takmu Water. Moirang Sports Complex with Narengbam Lakshmi Devi, the daily said.

Singh claimed the resort is in a dilapidated state with children forced to live in dilapidated structures. “Rowing is an expensive sport. We can produce good rowers but we don’t have the equipment and the financial support. Even to come here and participate, we had to borrow money from friends and people. parents. The state government reimburses the amount but it takes time. “

Priya and Tendenthoi clocked 8: 39.6 seconds to finish second behind Avinash Kaur and Kiran, whose time was 8: 28.0 seconds. Deepika Xess and Reshma Kumari Minz took bronze with a time of 8: 54.8 seconds. The duo also competed in the 500m in couple doubles but missed out on a bronze medal in microseconds.

Both live in separate villages about 2-3 km from the center but have decided to stay in the resort to make sure they train regularly. “Traveling everyday will cost them so much that they prefer to stay at the resort. These kids could do a lot better if they had facilities. In just a few short years, Priya and Tendenthoi have won medals. If given the resources, they can improve dramatically and keep going. to represent the country, “signed the coach.

Meanwhile, the national championships wrapped up on Saturday with the 500m finals of various events in the men’s and women’s categories.

Gold medalists (500m)

Women: Pair: Sonali Swain and Ritu Kudi; Four without coxswain: Ashmita Karketta, Jharna Hasti, Deepika Xess and Manjula Xess; Couples in couple: Navneet Kaur; Two of couples: Avinash Kaur and Pooja.

Men: Pair: Punit Kumar and Gurmeet Singh; Two couples: Dushyant and Sukhmeet Singh; Two light couples: Arwinder Singh and Sunil Attry; Couples in couple: Parminder Singh; Coxless Four: Jasveer Singh, Bheem Singh, Nitish Kumar and Ashish; Paran men’s single scull: K Narayana

Two of mixed couple: Shagandeep Singh and Sanjukta Dung.

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