Siliguri, 03rd September: State witnessing success in different arenas of sports where players have brought huge success to the state and the city. However, the differently-able table tennis players are not receiving any support from the government. Table tennis star and Banga Ratna awardee Bharti Ghosh have spoken on this matter in a press conference today.
Siliguri is called the life center hub of table tennis where players like Soumjeet, and Ankita have participated in table tennis from Siliguri representing the country at the international levels like Commonwealth, Olympics. Last month on August 28, in the West Bengal Table Tennis Championship of the Deaf competition, five differently abled players participated and won medals. But, no one came forward to encourage or congratulate them. Bharti Ghosh and physical trainer Dev Kumar Dey have coached all the players against various odds.
Bharti Ghosh and Dev Kumar Dey felicitated the successful players in various categories in the Table Tennis competition today. Ghosh said that many players of Siliguri are participating in various competitions and winning medals. But there is no encouragement from anyone for the differently-abled players. She further took a jibe at the government for their lack of initiative and cooperation. Not a few days ago, in the state-level table tennis competition for the deaf, the contestants in different categories have been successful. It is alleged that they have always been deprived of facilities and the basic necessity that people and government should provide them.
She further said that development is not possible if the government or people do not pay attention to the differently-abled players. Therefore, she appealed to everyone to extend a hand of cooperation. Every year good players emerge from Siliguri and India, but just being differently abled they are deprived of proper benefits and promotions.