Tribal children being trained as boxers in Jharkhand
Dhanbad, July 6 (ANI): Several tribal boys and girls are being motivated to develop skills in boxing sport at a boxing club at Chalkari in Jharkhand's Dhanbad region.
These teenaged boys and girls belong to Birhor, a tribal community of Jharkhand.
Under the auspices of the Dhanbad District Amateur Boxing Association (DDABA), the club has been instituted as part of a plan to take the sport to the village-level.
The boxing coach at the club believes that these kids are much stronger than urban kids and capable of performing well in the competitive ring, if trained and groomed well.
"I think the village children especially the tribal children are stronger than the city children. I chose the Birhor children because they are the least educated and deprived. I want to help them in getting noticed and bring them onto the map of India through boxing," says Paritosh Kumar, Coach-cum-Secretary, DDABA.
The coach hopes to train the kids for district and State-level boxing competitions and further help them find a platform to showcase their talent as scientific boxers.
Each trainee has been provided with a boxing kit worth rupees a thousand rupees, including two pairs of mittens and gloves, two head-guards and two punching bags.
Budding pugilists are thrilled to learn the sport for professional purpose in future. They believe that even they can do something remarkable in the ring, if given an opportunity.
"We learn boxing in the mornings and evenings. This is going to help us move ahead in life," said Mahesh, a trainee from Birhor community, Chalkari.
On their part, the parents too are a delighted lot. Sharing their enthusiasm, they believe that learning the sport is supplementing their children's education.
"Our children are studying and also learning the sport of boxing. Such things were not there earlier. It feels very good," said Phoolchand, a local resident of Birhor.
Birhor tribe is one of the primitive tribes of Jharkhand. Today, it is a small, nomadic tribe which is on the verge of extinction.
The members of the tribe make a living by hunting, gathering honey and making ropes from tree fibres. Life expectancy among the Birhors is as low as 38 years. (ANI)