Taekwondo players hope for more corporate funding

Ranchi: When Sandeep Kundu took up Taekwondo
nearly a decade, the objective was just to get a decent job.

The seven-time national champion`s dream was realised
when he became a constable with the Haryana police and is
currently based in Chandigarh.

"Generally, boys and girls choose sports with an aim to
get a decent livelihood. And we hope that if Taekwondo is
properly highlighted more players are attracted to this
sport," the 26-year-old said soon after winning the gold
in the over 87kg category in the ongoing 34th National Games

"India`s competition in the sport comes from Asian
countries, and we also do better against them. Once we get a
chance to represent Olympic Games, India can aspire of
increasing its position in the medal tally," said Kundu, who
also won two South Asian Games medals and a gold in the
Commonwealth Taekwondo Championship last year.

"Corporate houses and government should come forward and
spend money on the sport like they do in cricket. What we need
is encouragement, financially and morally," said Kundu.

Echoing Kundu`s views, Goa`s P Anand, who yesterday won
the under-80kg gold, said "Taekwondo is slowly gaining
popularity. I was very happy to watch so many people watching
the sport during the National Games," he said.

A South Asian Games gold medal under his belt, the
20-year-old Anand said his aim is to win the World
Championships in Thailand and Azerbaijan later this year.



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