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Jammu para-shuttler not allowed to train at stadium
Posted 06 Jun 2018 01:11 PM

Harpreet Singh, a para-shuttler from Jammu again faced dejection on Monday after he was not allowed to practice at the courts of the Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu.
Twenty-year-old Harpreet’s right leg was amputated after he contracted bone tumour two years ago.
Harpreet, who aspired to become an officer in the Indian Army had to face dejection after his leg was amputated and saw no hope for his future.
In a bid to prove himself, he decided to play badminton and excel in the para division. Much to his dismay, when he went to train in the Maulana Azad Stadium in September, he was not allowed entry to the courts.
A dejected Harpreet then moved to Chandigarh and contacted Surinder Mahajan, a badminton coach with UT sports department.
Surinder readily agreed to train Harpreet without charging any fee. Harpreet took part in the para-nationals in September last year in Varanasi. He won the first couple of matches of the knockout format tournament held under the aegis of Badminton Association of India. However, he went down in the pre-quarterfinals in a closely-contested encounter.
This defeat only spurred him on and he started training with more passion by putting in extra hours at the Sector 43 Sports Complex.
“One thing that caught my attention was the passion he had to learn the sport and the hard work that he had put in to hone his skills in the game. He quickly picked up the format of game and started playing some impressive shots. Even national players like Sanjeev Verma see potential and talent in this young lad,” said Mahajan, former coach of Harpreet.
Mounting financial pressure forced Harpreet to leave Chandigarh and return to his hometown in Jammu after six months.
In Jammu, he still faced the same problem — he was not allowed to enter the stadium for training.
Harpreet, a BCom student at Sri Pratap Memorial Rajput College of Commerce in Jammu has been struggling financially after his father, a driver, was involved in an accident.
“This is outright humiliation for me. I have travelled twice to the stadium, only to be turned down. I wish someone intervenes and underlines my plight so that at the least, I can get an opportunity to train,” said Harpreet.
“If he has not been allowed to train, then it is sad for the sporting fraternity as a whole. The authorities must take steps towards promoting these athletes,” said Mahajan, who is also general secretary of Chandigarh Badminton Association.
The head badminton coach at the Maulana Azad Stadium, Satpal Singh, admitted that he didn’t allow Harpreet to train in the stadium.
“He (Harpreet) had come to me and I turned him down as I have no space here. There are just two courts and I get only four hours. I have stopped any further registrations because there are already many players who train under me,” he said, without giving any information whether he would train the para shuttler later.
Now, he wants to take part in the nationals to be held in Bangalore in June but a dearth of training and funds have put a stop to his career.

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