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Producing Champions- sans facilities, sans funds

For the past 28 years, Karsanbhai Patel has been teaching the children of his village to swim. There is no swimming pool in the village, just a lake. The water is not very clean, and there are no changing rooms.

But this doesn't stop the children, nor their dedicated teacher. The swimming lessons continue even in winter when the water is chilly.

Sometimes Karsanbhai gets small donations from well-wishers, and he uses the money to buy swimming equipment for the children.

Despite the hardships, over 200 children from the village have participated at the state level and 45 have made it to the nationals.

Something to ponder on- particularly in the present times, when, with each passing day, the morning newspaper is filled with more and more controversies regarding the Commonwealth Games.


Sandhya said...

Nice to know about Karsanbhai Patel. Kalmadi should take a lesson from him with so much power with him. He can do wonders via Karsanbhai!

Vinod_Sharma said...

One can only imagine what would have been the result by now had India had such dedicated sports teachers and better facilities. The flip side shows how those responsible have failed to do anything except filling, at India's expense, their own private lakes of pleasures and power.

Ugich Konitari said...

The downward slide in national sports starts when sports becomes a business. We have ensured this slide by naming politicians as heads of sports bodies. Karsanbhai is a gem amongst shameless stones purporting to "help" sports. But Kalmadi types will always remain blind to this. Thats the big tragedy.

BK Chowla, said...

And it is a pity that Karsan bhai is not even heard of and this biased, bending backwards media finds time to cover sanis-shoib but has no time for Karsanbhai.It is a shame on all of us that civil society has neglected such sports enthusiast.
For India to become a truly sporting nation--all the politicians must be physically thrown out of sports (mis) management.

R. Ramesh said...

bkc sir:)

R. Ramesh said...

bkc sir..i mostly get the photos from open photo of the blogger only...when u click learn more on the right side, v get the option..sometimes i reqst the page makers at our office to gimme...dunno where they grab the clip arts fm..:)

R. Ramesh said...


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