A disabled chess player from Jalandhar urged the government of Punjab to provide her with a coach and a government post. The desperate call came from Malika Handa, who has already won several medals in national and international events, including a prestigious gold medal at the World Deaf Chess Championship and a silver medal at the Asian Championship. of chess.
Apart from being a chess prodigy, Handa did not get any kind of financial support from the state government. Of her ten years in the sport, she has spent seven urging the state administration to provide her with a job. Recently, the seven-time world champion took to Twitter to convey her plea. Tagging Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit S Sodhi and Union Minister Anurag Thakur Handa, she asked why the administration was snubbing her.
âI am sitting at home, why I get so depressed day in and day out. No one sees my hard work,â she wrote.
@iranasodhi sir, I am a world champion in my own game of chess.
Why is the Punjab government ignoring me ??
We are waiting a very long time after 8 years ago because I have no job or no cash reward.
– Malika Handað®ð³ð¥ (@MalikaHanda) August 8, 2021
“No government appreciation”
Speaking to ANI later, Renu Handa, the player’s mother, said her daughter had received no appreciation from the state government despite being a seven-time national champion. âMy daughter is the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the International Deaf Mute Chess Championship. She also received a National President’s Award last year. She received no appreciation from the government despite being a seven-time national champion, âsays Renu Handa. Besides, she also revealed that the government doesn’t even provide her with a coach.
âThe government of Punjab does not even provide a coach for my daughter. She won many medals for the country is still ignored by the government. We belong to a middle class family and now we cannot support her for continue with it game. But to play globally, we need government support, âHanda said.
Punjab | Malika Handa, a deaf chess player who has won multiple medals in national and international events, urged the government of Punjab to provide her with a job as coach and government
“Malika has not received any appreciation from the government despite being a seven-time national champion,” said her mother, Renu Handa (09.08) pic.twitter.com/esbydym922
– ANI (@ANI) August 10, 2021