A dedicated Trust Account has been set up for the Manikandan to enable sponsors participate in the dual blessings of a gift through a Govt initiative that offers an exemption of income tax for your financial support to an Indian World Champion.
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A/c Name : ELEN Education Trust
A/c No : 039800101029663
Corporation Bank, Indiranagar Branch, Bangalore
IFSC : CORP0000398
Remarks : WC-M-TRUST AC
|Thank you all for supporting dormitory lodging and boarding in Austria, France, Spain and England. If you wish to support him financially so he can focus on a winning spree of Gold Medals for India, kindly do so into a Trust Fund specifically set up for him.|
Extracted from : http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/meet-manikandan-kumar-one-indias-unsung-indian-sporting-heroes-1695645.html
Each year 29 August is celebrated as National Sports Day in India to mark the birthday of India?s first international sports star ? Dhyan Chand. It is a day to celebrate and promote sports in the country.
Manikandan Kumar, is an unsung hero, India?s only para-climbing world champion.
A resident of Srirampuram, Bangalore, he comes from a very modest background. His father is a carpenter and his mother rolls agarbattis to make ends meet. The family income on most days is about Rs 100. But poverty was not the only handicap Manikandan had to overcome. At age five, Mani was diagnosed with polio in his right leg. As the popular saying goes, every dark cloud has a silver lining. The disease introduced Mani to his first love.
In 2002, at age 15, Manikandan went for an adventure camp for the disabled. This is where he saw wall climbing for the first time. He felt an instant attraction towards the sport. Possibly because unlike his poverty or disease here was an opponent he could overcome. The love was so intense that Manikandan decided that he wanted it to last a lifetime ? he wanted to become a professional climber.
Manikandan was so spellbound by the sport that he spent all his time at the wall. Along the way he found a guardian angel in the form of Keerthi Pais, the national coach, who took him under his wing and gave him a job in his adventure company. Manikandan started running camps and training beginners while simultaneously focusing on getting better. And better he did become. In 2012, he won a gold medal in the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship, held in the Bercy stadium in Paris.
For most athletes this would be the turning point in their careers, recognition would come which would bring with it sponsors. But Indian sports works a little differently. The world may recognize your greatness but back home most people remain oblivious. Manikandan is still without a permanent sponsor. He still makes ends meet through his coaching assignments. He still needs funding from well wishers to help him travel to tournaments.
While his story is inspiring ?a man who fought all odds to achieve his dream? The optimist seriously hopes that in this case ?Picture abhi baki hai.? Maybe somebody will come forward and support this champion. We alI really look forward to see a happy ending for this story.
Manikandan continues to participate in World Championships. This year his air tickets to Paris and Back has been sponsored by the Govt of Karnataka through Gen Thimayya National Academy of Adventure. We are looking for sponsors for his schedule shown here and request you to participate