Running brought money to Jyoti, today she waits for them

NAGPUR: the main city obstacle course runner Jyoti Chouhan You are in a desperate situation. Locked in her slum residence in Panchsheel Nagar for the past 49 days, Jyoti has exhausted her savings and with the monetary crisis at home, the 25-year-old family of five depends on meals distributed by NGOs.

Once in two or three days, some people distribute food in our neighborhood and that is our meal of the day. We do not have a card below the poverty line (GLP) and we buy rations at market price. Now there are a handful left, ”Jyoti told TOI.

Initially, I praised the precautions the government took to prevent the spread of the virus, but things are getting difficult now. If this blockade is extended, we will look for a loan, which I will repay by winning cash prizes, ”he added.

After pocketing 40,000 rupees as a cash prize for winning the 2015 Hyderabad half marathon, Jyoti began to watch Athletics as a source of income as brokers from African countries. After her father became unemployed, Jyoti, along with her sister (who is a nurse) began to manage the family. From their savings, the sisters made their hut into a house.

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It was in 2008 when Gajanan Shivadkar, the Jyoti sports teacher at Balaji High School took her on the right track. He obtained advanced training from the (then) most talented athlete in town, Rashmi Gurnule. Under Gurnule, Jyoti won his first gold medal at the Gujarat Junior Nationals.

Jyoti has won more than 20 national medals to date. In July of last year, he represented India for the first time at the World University games in Italy.

Jyoti's constant medal-winning exploits in national and all-India university competitions brought her to the center of the Indian Sports Authority (SAI) in Bhopal in 2016. Under the scheme of the National Center of Excellence, the sports ministry began to take over the training and training of Jyoti. nutrition.

In the wake of Covid-19, all athletes in Bhopal were told to go home, and Jyoti returned to town on March 20.

“Before closing everything was fine. I was able to secure my house with the savings in prizes that are now spent. This blockade has made me realize the importance of the fixed income of a stable job, said Jyoti.

“I have been trying to get a government job for the past three years, but it wasn't that serious. I have applied at the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), but the results are on hold since closing. The cash crisis has taught me many lessons and we have returned to our old days, he added.

With the new schedule declared by the Indian Athletics Federation (AFI), Jyoti is now concerned about her physical condition as she is not allowed to train outside.

“I have been doing basic exercises at home with my younger sister. Now I want this confinement to relax. If they do not call me back to Bhopal, I will look for a job, at the same time that I continue my training so that whenever the opportunity arises I can win to win marathons and get my family back on track, Jyoti concludes with hope. his eyes.