Umeed India: Viru To Bat For Indian Olympic Hopes!
Mumbai, Virender Sehwag is ready to play his third innings as a TV Show host. His new Show “Umeed India” will be aired on Epic Channel from 20th July at 8 pm. In 13 episode series, Viru, as he is popularly known, will be scene interacting with the 13 athletes who are India’s hope for medal in 2020 Olympics to be held at Tokyo.
I was shocked to know that these athletes get only six hundred rupees daily for the diet. “My children eat chocolates of this amount every day – Virender Sehwag
The show that Highlights the struggle and hard work of India’s non-cricket sportspersons, has heart warming stories of these athletes. The show will feature inspiring stories of sport personalities such as freestyle wrestler and Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, Paralympian swimmer Suyash Yadav, shot-put player Om Prakash Karhana, sprinter Dutee Chand, judoka Avtar Singh, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and rower Dattu Bhokanal, among others.
While talking to the media at the show launch, Viru was critical towards the facilities provided to these athletes. He said that he was shocked to know that these athletes get only six hundred rupees daily for the diet. “My children eat chocolates of this amount every day,” he said. “The federations should increase their DA allowance to atlas 2-3 thousand rupees. Many of the athletes get food from their homes. Which is really sad.” Viru said that at Lucknow when he went to cover the story of Ms Sakshi Mullik and Ms Vinesh Phogad (Cousin of Geeta and Babeeta Phogad), he was shocked to see that they cooked their own food to support proper diet. He said that there is no proper air conditioning and players were practicing at temperature of 48 degrees.
My struggle is nothing in comparison to theirs. Cricketing facilities are available at every corner of the country.
Viru stated that he was really moved by the hardship faced by these athletes and that their struggle was nothing compared to these athletes. “My struggle is nothing in comparison to theirs. Cricketing facilities are available at every corner of the country. There are thousands of academies in Delhi and they are all well-equipped. There is no struggle for us cricketers in front of them. It is important to watch the show in order to realise how international athletic facilities differ from what we have in India,” he said. Viru hoped that after seeing the stories in “Umeed India” things will change and authorities will come up with the solutions. He said that they are also working to raise funds for these athletes so that they can prepare properly.
During the show, Virender Sehwag will also interact with National Sports Federations and government agencies and discuss their plans to prepare top athletes. The cricketer also said that the media should highlight the problems of these athletes. The channel has completed filming seven episodes, and Sehwag hopes that he will be able to inspire not only viewers but also the players at his Sehwag International School.