IMPHAL, Sept 19 – The family of India’s youngest promising diver, who is dreaming of a medal for the country in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016, is struggling to send their child to the 19th FINA World Junior Diving championships in Australia next month due to financial constraints.
Fifteen-year-old Kongbrailatpam Ramananda Sharma of Manipur, who had created new national records in the last two junior spring board diving competitions, has been selected along with three other divers to represent India for 19th FINA World Junior Diving championships in Adelaide from October 8 to 13.
“We’re running from pillar to post to send our son to the championship as we can’t afford the required amount (Rs 2.5 lakh) within a limited time,” says Ramananda’s father K Rajbihari Singh, a private water tanker driver in Imphal. “We’ve even requested the chief minister through our local club to extend financial help. But we’re yet to get any positive reponse.”
Secretary Sh Krishnamani of Chingmeirong Youth Welfare Association (CYWA), the young’s diver’s local club in Imphal, has submitted an official letter to the Chief Minister in this regard.
Besides a women society –Ima Panthoibi Meira Paibi Nupi Lup – is also going organizing certain fund raising programmes for Ramananda.
Currently a Services diver, Ramananda won many medals in the recently concluded 39th Junior Asian Aquatic Championship (July1-5, 2012) besides winning the gold medal in 3 metre spring board event in the 7th AASF Asian Age Group Championships at Jakarta last year.
The youngest child of Rajbihari and Ranjana, a resident of Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai in Imphal, he enrolled at the Army Sports Institute in Pune at the age of 8 years and is presently training at the institute under the guidance of a Cuban coach.