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Telangana Government provides financial assistance to cancer afflicted coach of Aruna Budda Reddy

Telangana Government provides financial assistance to cancer afflicted coach of Aruna Budda Reddy

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Published: 27 March 2018 3:41 AM GMT
Last week, reports had emerged of Gymnastics World Cup medalist Aruna Budda Reddy's initial coach struggling to pay the bills for his cancer treatment. Appall at the apathy of the Telangana State Government had flowed freely with many holding this up as yet another example of neglect when it comes to the sports scene in India. Fuelled by these major reports, the Telangana Government has now announced a substantial state assistance for N. Brij Kishore- the coach in question. This comes after the World Cup medalist herself returned back to India from her brilliant performance in Australia to find herself the recipient of several awards. For one, the state government promised her a sum of Rs 2 Crore while the Sports Authority of Telangana announced an additional reward of Rs 25 lakh. All through this, stories of N Brij Kishore's struggle remained obscure until they were recently brought to the limelight.
Also read: Can the Telangana CM please not turn a blind eye to World Cup medallist's coach and his cancer bills?
According to a report in The New Indian Express, Anjali- the coach's wife still explains the struggle for survival he has to go through despite a Rs 25 lakh cheque from the State Government. "The CM had said that we will be helped. So, I was expecting something. Till now, he has just undergone one of the 12 chemotherapy sessions recommended by the doctors," she said. N Brij Kishore has reportedly braved the illness and still found time for his star student- Aruna Budda Reddy. According to his wife, as quoted in the same report, the 51-year old has not allowed his cancer to get in the way of coaching Aruna. "He is in regular touch with her over the phone. He still finds the strength to guide her for the Commonwealth Games,' Anjali says. The 51-year old reportedly holds a job with the Sports Authority of Telangana where he is paid on a contractual basis. For him and Anjali and their family of two daughters, making ends meet is a challenge especially with the added cost of regular chemotherapy. One sincerely hopes Brij Kishore finds some solace in watching Aruna Budda Reddy and her potentially brilliant performance at Gold Coast.
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