National level archer now selling grocery and pakoras at her village
Ranchi : Financial constrain can take you away from your talent and this is harsh reality is proved by the story of Mamta Tuddu, a national-level archer who has won gold medals in junior and sub-junior levels in 2010 and 2014.
Affected by the pandemic during lockdown in 2020, Mamata Tuddu was left with no option than to sell grocery and pakoras to meet the end needs, the Telegraph reported.
She is a daughter of retired BCCL employee and is the eldest of her 7 siblings. Since 2018, she was receiving training at Center of Excellence for archery in Ranchi, but with lockdown her academy closed and she returned to her house in the village.
Now, the academy is open but she cannot join it due to financial constraints.
"I am the eldest among the seven brothers and sisters. All of my younger siblings had to quit their studies midway as my father’s pension is yet to start. So,our family is totally dependent on the income from the makeshift shop where we sell items like roasted and sprouted grams, pakoras, rice flakes and other such items," Tuddu told The Telegraph.
She also blamed the authorities for her current situation and mentioned that their inaction has forced her to this condition.
“I am still playing at the senior level but need government support for sustaining life,” she said.
Soon after her story started trending on the social media, the District Secretary of Dhanbad Archery Association, Jubair Alam, has said that he will visit Mamta soon and will try to extend as much help as he can to make her situation better.