Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju takes note of footballer's financial struggles, says help is on way

Sangeeta Soren, who received a national call-up last year before the COVID-19 pandemic, has been working at a brick kiln in Dhanbad's Basamudi village.

Rijiju took to Twitter to assure financial assistance to Soren.   -  PTI

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said his department will soon provide financial help to footballer Sangeeta Soren, who received a national call-up last year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to work as a daily wage labourer to support her family.

Sangeeta, who has represented India in U-18 and U-19 tournaments in Bhutan and Thailand before being called for the senior women's team, has been working at a brick kiln in Dhanbad's Basamudi village.

The sports minister took note of her struggle for survival, not long after representing the country.

 

Sangeeta received the Indian team call-up after impressing in the age-group tournaments but before her dream to play for the senior national side could take flight, the pandemic struck leading to a nationwide lockdown.

Taking note of her struggles, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to the Jharkhand government, asking it to extend help and support to the international footballer from the state.

A copy of the NCW letter has also been sent to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel.

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Despite the financial constraints, she has not given up on her footballing dream and looks to regularly practice at a neighbouring ground.

Help did not come the struggling Jharkhand player's way from any corner until the sports minister intervened.

Sangeeta's father is visually impaired and her elder brother is struggling to find employment, having also worked in a brick kiln in the past.

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