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Arguably one of the worst natural disasters India has seen in recent times have been the floods in Kodagu and Kerala. It has rallied support from various quarters, both national and international, as people came up in arms to help the residents of the state. With the Asian Games going on, heart-wrenching stories describing athletes' predicaments upon not knowing the whereabouts of their family in the state have been doing rounds. Recently, Deccan Herald reported on another sad story that saw a national level Throwball player getting affected by the floods in Kodagu.
A resident of Second Monnanageri in Taluk Madikeri, Tashma Muthappa was known for her exploits in the throwball court as she had, on many occasions, made Karnataka proud with the expertise she held in the sport. The flash floods in her district have now left her homeless. What's worse is that the floods have also taken away every cherished memory she held concerning her sport- her awards and certificates, ranging from tournaments at the school and national level, were destroyed by the rains.
"We had constructed our house, using money earned in throwball and savings of my father, only last year. Our house has been washed away in flood. I have lost all my trophies, and certificates won in the sport," Tashma was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald.
"We were preparing for our daughter's wedding. She got engaged to a Dubai-based boy recently. I had bought gold jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh for the wedding. Ornaments were washed away in the flood. We have decided to postpone the wedding scheduled for this December to next April," said her father.
What the Asian Games have done is given Indians a chance to know about sports that were hitherto obscure. The culture of sports like throwball is quite intense towards the south even if India may not find recognition in it at the elite level. We hope there is some solace for Tashma and countless other nameless people like her who have been affected by this calamity.