Kolkata, Nov 27 : Winning gold medal at Jakarta Asian Games is not enough for Swapna Barman to secure a decent social life and adequate financial support to carry on her dream goal to win a medal in Olympics, according to her coach Subash Sarkar.
The six-toe athlete and daughter of a tea garden's casual worker is not lucky enough like Assam's Hima Das and Dutee Chand of Odisha to become overnight "crorepatty" in the absence of clear-cut sports policy in West Bengal, the bearded coach told reporters during a felicitation programme sponsored by the private sector lender
Bandhan Bank. BB CEO Chandra Shekhar Chosh handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh and assured full support to the 22-year-old athletics in achieving her goal.
Sarkar said, owing to specific sports policy of the Assam and Odisha governments their winning sports-persons became richer after winning medals at the Jakarta Asian Games.
He also profusely lauded the Haryana government for awarding crores of rupees to the winners of medal and said nearly 30 per cent medals of the total Indians won has the share from that state.
Sarkar said, Bengal has huge potentiality in sports and games both from boys and girls but their future in sports was no certain due to the absence of concrete sports policy, like winners get so much if she or he win medal in Olympics, or Asian Games and World Championship.
Sarkar, who has been coaching Swapna Barman since 2012, said his ward is not only fighting poverty but with many logistics problem, both financially and socially. She also has physical handicapped - being the six-toe in each leg, as her shoes for heptathlon as she required seven pairs of shoes for each event in her discipline.
Adidas, however, came to her rescue after winning the gold medal at Jakarta to provide her special shoes, made to order.
She was recently in Germany for measurement of her size of the shoes, which are yet to she received.
" Yes the shoes are in India but she is still awaiting the delivery", Swapna Barman said. A soft spoken athlete said her present goal is to secure enlisting in the TOPS.
Swapna Barman has been excluded from the revised list of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). She said her first aim is to get back in the TOPS list to carry on her dream to win a medal at Olympics.
Her Asian Games score was 6,026 points, much lower than the Olympic standards. Swapna is now aiming to improve her marks for 6,200+ points, a qualifying mark for Olympics at the Asian Athletic Championship in Doha next year.(UNI)