Minister of Sports Kiren Ridge on Sunday, he said his department would soon provide financial assistance to footballer Sangeta Soren, who received a national call last year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to work as a day laborer to support her family.
Sangeeta, who represented India at U-18 and U-19 tournaments in Bhutan and Thailand before being called up to the senior women’s team, works in a brick kiln in the village of Basamudi in Donbad.
The sports minister praised her for her struggle for survival shortly after representing the country.
“I was informed about footballer Sangeta Soren, who has represented India in international competitions and is in a financial crisis in this pandemic. My office has contacted her and financial assistance will soon be extended. Ensuring a decent life for athletes is our priority,” Riji.
Sangeeta received a call-up from the Indian team after impressing in the age group tournaments, but before her dream of playing for the senior national team could take off, the pandemic hit, leading to a blockade across the country.
Noting her struggles, National Women’s Commission (NCW) Chairman Reha Sharma wrote a letter to the Jharkhand government asking for help and support from the country’s international footballer.
A copy of the NCW letter was also sent to the President of the Football Federation of India (AIFF) Praful Patel.
Despite financial constraints, she has not given up on her football dream and seems to train regularly at a nearby playground.
Help did not come to the struggling player of Jarkand from any angle until the Minister of Sports intervened.
Sangetta’s father is visually impaired and her older brother is struggling to find work, as he has also worked in a brick kiln in the past.