Lokesh Kumar’s life as an athlete affected by the household financial crisis

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Delhi-based sprinter Lokesh Kumar has suffered daily financial hardship, which has wrested from him the luxury of adequate dietary supplements necessary for an athlete’s endurance. Several athletes have faced difficulties in maintaining their basic livelihood.

Athletes donate their blood and sweat to bring laurels to the nation. Not only in this hour of COVID 19 crisis, but it has been the history of athletes for several decades. The amount that athletes receive in the prize money is a sufficient amount that can help with any existing problems.

In addition to the already devastating daily struggle, the coronavirus-induced lockdown has made matters worse. Lokesh’s dietary discipline, practice, and fitness were hampered due to financial hardship.

Earlier this year, Lokesh won the gold medal in the 200m. He won silver medals in the (U-16) 100m and 300m events. Lokesh faced a severe financial crisis in his daily life and it severely affected his training.

Lokesh Kumar: Financial hardship causes daily hardship

Many athletes across the country continue to struggle to make ends meet for their families. Coming from a disadvantaged family, Lokesh’s father struggles to manage 2,500 rupees of income per month. Her mother also works as a household help to help with the family’s needs.

He also described the difficulties he faces as an athlete in coping with most of the diet.

“My father is a rickshaw puller and my mother worked as a housekeeper in bungalows, my mother’s income is around 2,500 per month and the father earns daily, so there is a specific monthly income, if we get food at some point, there is no guarantee that we will have a meal the next day, an athlete needs proper nutrition for their game but I can’t, but with the help from my trainer I have dried fruit to eat and he also provides me with necessary things to eat but I am not able to have a proper diet, ”sprinter Lokesh told ANI.

His family situation also caused travel constraints, which affected his training.

“I have to travel far and I also need to spend money to have proper milk intake so I have to cut my travel budget which I can’t afford so I cut back on milk and I drink hot water as a replacement, ”Lokesh added.

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