Simranjeet Kaur Chakar,a resident of Chakar village located in Ludhiana,has done the state proud as she will be participating in the Youth World Boxing Championship to be held in Albena,Bulgaria,from September 21-29. Simranjeet is the only girl from Punjab who has been selected for this tournament.
Chakar village has a state-of-the-art sports stadium,all built by voluntary donations. The villagers have hired a private coach to train young boys and girls. However,the government has not provided any coach from its side,though the villagers had put a demand before them a number of times.
However,Prof Balwant Singh,caretaker of the academy,said the private coach had to leave because of some personal reasons. Our academy has produced many champions. If we get a coach from the government,our students can do wonders. As of now,they are just doing whatever the senior players tell them, he added.
According to Prof Singh,the village students are provided free-of-cost training at the academy and sports kits as well. NRIs of this village contribute a lot of funds to the academy. Sukhdeep Chakria,another player of this village,is also doing well and had given tough time to Vijender Singh in a recent competition.
District sports officer Kartar Singh had also written to the government to provide a coach but so far nothing has happened.