New Delhi, July 09, 2021: Pune-based sports NGO, Lakshya, supports Shooter Sanjeev Rajput, boxers Pooja Rani and Simranjit Kaur, and paddlers Sharath Kamal and Sutirtha Mukherjee who are among the six Tokyo-bound athletes. Racewalker Sandeep Kumar is the sixth Lakshya-backed athlete who will be seen in action at the mega event in Tokyo.
Lakshya has supported more than 80 sportspersons from various disciplines, enabling and empowering players to win international medals for the country. “We started this NGO to support our athletes with necessary facilities so that they do not have to worry about any peripheral needs and can only focus on their game. We are delighted to see that among the six of the players two of our athletes, Pooja Rani and Simranjit Kaur making it to the games. We will help all the athletes in every possible way to make their quest for the medal stronger in Tokyo,” said Vishal Chordia, President, Lakshya.
The NGO has been awarded 2020 Rashtriya Khel Protshan Puraskar for its contribution to Indian sports and grassroots. Lakshya has been helping these athletes during the pandemic as well to help them achieve their goals.
“Having a team like Lakshya to support is extremely important ahead of the big events like Olympics and my endeavor of bringing glory to the nation. It takes a lot of effort to win a medal for the country and many things need to be taken care of to make yourself ready to give your best shot.” said, Sanjeev Rajput, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games medallist.
“I’m really lucky to have Lakshya’s support right from 2012. My journey has been a mixture of success and hard luck but their continuous support kept me going and working hard to win medals for the country. It takes a lot of effort to win medals on the international stage, but support like this makes the journey quite easier and fruitful. Even during the lockdown, training with a mental conditioning coach, physiotherapists, and other experts provided by Lakshya eased the pressure and kept me focussed on my game,” said Pooja Rani, Gold Medalist at Asian Boxing Championships,
Lakshya has also been supporting racewalker Sandeep Kumar, who sealed Tokyo’s berth by breaking the national record and is gearing up for his second Olympic Games, and paddler Sutirtha, who saw a steep rise in her performances in the recent years and will be making her maiden appearance at the Olympics.