Nazia Khatoon, a resident of Panjwar, a traditional village in Siwan district of Bihar, is studying in class 10th. Since childhood, he was very fond of playing and playing. But till a few years ago, there was neither much sports facilities nor so much awareness in his village. His family was financially weak. Where Nazia comes from, there was no thought of playing and playing for the girls.
But her father’s thinking was a little different, he wanted to fulfill every hobby of his daughters. In December 2018, when the youth of the village together opened a sports training center for girls, Nazia reached there in the first lot. Poor father bought a bicycle ahead of his status and gave it to Nazia and went to learn hockey by cycling every day. Not only did his father give wings to his hopes, Nazia also proved with her good game that she had the ability to do something.
lost father’s shadow
Nazia was just learning to play hockey when her father died in Corona last year. I thought the playing would stop now. Suddenly the responsibility of the family fell on Nazia’s shoulders. He, first, had to make arrangements for the food and drink of the mother and siblings. They began to think that perhaps their flight was that much. But the youth of the village together took the burden of his family and made such arrangements that Nazia’s game should not be affected.
Today she is part of the junior hockey team of Bihar state and is currently playing in the National Hockey Junior Tournament in Simdega, Jharkhand. Along with him in the Bihar junior team, another player from the village’s training center is Lakshmi. It is a unique achievement to be selected in the state level team of Bihar two girls each of Mary Kom Sports Academy of Panjwar village which started just three years back. This achievement has suddenly filled the girls of Panjwar and nearby villages with enthusiasm.
No hello here, we greet you by saying Jai Hind
Some conscious youth of Panjwar village, under the leadership of a sloppy elder there, started this Mary Kom Sports Academy in the year 2018. Today more than a hundred girls are learning to play hockey, football, cricket etc. These girls range from Saloni Kumari and Muskan Khatoon studying in class II to Khyati and Neeti, a class XII student. They all have one dream in their eyes, to be a part of Team India, to play for India. These girls full of enthusiasm greet people by saying Jai Hind.
In the typical traditional Bhojpuri area like Siwan district of Bihar, until a few years ago, girls used to go out for a walk in half pants, then the eyebrows of the people of the society used to raise their eyebrows. But this sports academy has changed the attitude of the people of the entire area. People themselves send their daughters to this academy to play. These girls are trained in the morning and evening and a select few of these girls go alone to far-flung areas to play. Four girls from here have been selected for Eklavya, Sports Training Center of Bihar Government.
By the way, Panjwar village has been considered a progressive village for a long time. In this village, a retired elder Ghanshyam Shukla did a lot of work for the cultural and educational development of the people. She started a high school for girls in 1982 and then opened a music college. Every year Akhar Mahotsav is organized in the village under his leadership, in which people associated with Bhojpuri literature, art and culture gather from the country and abroad. Because of this, the youth of the village keep busy in taking forward his ideas.
How did the idea of teaching sports to girls come about?
Narrating the story of the beginning of this scheme to teach sports to girls, Sanjay Singh, a progressive youth of the village says, “Some boys were playing cricket in a field, when a nine-year-old girl came to our Guruji Dhanshyam Shukla and said, ‘ Guruji, could we play humni ke kirket naikhe?’ Means Guruji, can’t we play cricket? This thing sat in Guruji’s mind as a resolution. They have decided that now the girls of the village will also play.
Sanjay said, “It was because of this resolution that Mary Kom Sports Academy was established in the village on December 25, 2018. Sports equipment was bought by collecting donations, girls started training. Santosh Kumar Singh, a teacher from the village who was interested in sports, became his regular trainer. Experts were called from time to time and today after three years the results of this effort are starting to show. Four girls got selected in Bihar Government’s Eklavya Sports Academy, out of which two are now part of Bihar team. This success has also acted as an inspiration for other girls, we are also excited and preparing to make the academy residential.”
“No matter how hard we have to work, we will continue to play for India”
Rani Laxmibai Sports Academy started in 2009 in Marwa of Siwan district has a big role behind the establishment of this academy. its story first The Better India has been published in. Sanjay Pathak, who runs this academy with personal effort, has contributed a lot in the establishment of Panjwara’s academy. He is also the District Sports Secretary of Siwan District.
Sanjay Singh says, “With the efforts of Sanjay Pathak, the State Level Sub Junior Hockey Tournament was organized in Panjwar in 2019. Seeing the event which lasted for 4-5 days, the girls of the village also got the spirit of learning the game and they also learned the technique of the game. Ghanshyam Shukla (Guruji) says, “Sanjay Pathak ji helped us step by step in running this academy.”
Now girls from many nearby villages have started reaching this academy to learn sports. With the selection of two girls, now the youth of the village are also getting excited. They have started thinking of making Sports Academy residential. Meanwhile, dozens of girls like Neeti, Abisha, Shagun, Aditi, Manisha, Nidhi, Mala, Siddhi, Pallavi, Megha, Choti, Pooja, Anushka, Sakshi who are learning hockey here say that no matter how hard they work, for India team. Will keep playing.
Editing: Archana Dubey
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