Taekwondo players hope for more corporate funding

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Ranchi, Feb 14 (PTI) When Sandeep Kundu took up Taekwondonearly a decade, the objective was just to get a decent job.

The seven-time national champion''s dream was realisedwhen he became a constable with the Haryana police and iscurrently based in Chandigarh.

"Generally, boys and girls choose sports with an aim toget a decent livelihood. And we hope that if Taekwondo isproperly highlighted more players are attracted to thissport," the 26-year-old told PTI soon after winning the goldin the over 87kg category in the ongoing 34th National Gamesyesterday.

"India''s competition in the sport comes from Asiancountries, and we also do better against them. Once we get achance to represent Olympic Games, India can aspire ofincreasing its position in the medal tally," said Kundu, whoalso won two South Asian Games medals and a gold in theCommonwealth Taekwondo Championship last year.

"Corporate houses and government should come forward andspend money on the sport like they do in cricket. What we needis encouragement, financially and morally," said Kundu.

Echoing Kundu''s views, Goa''s P Anand, who yesterday wonthe under-80kg gold, said "Taekwondo is slowly gainingpopularity. I was very happy to watch so many people watchingthe sport during the National Games," he said.

A South Asian Games gold medal under his belt, the20-year-old Anand said his aim is to win the WorldChampionships in Thailand and Azerbaijan later this year. PTIPVR PM

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