Jafreen Shaik, a deaf tennis player has now received a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh from the sports ministry from the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons (PDUNWFS).
This will help Shaik to continue her training to win a gold at the Summer Deaflympics in Brazil which will be held this year or the next.
Jafreen Shaik has represented India in the Deaflympics earlier
The tennis player had proved her potential after she won a bronze medal at the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. She was teamed up with Prithvi Shekhar for the doubles tournament. She had played at the same tournament in 2013 as well.
Jafreen Shaik had trained in China for the 2017 Deaflympics, and was trained for free at the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy from 2013 to 2017. She now aspires to undergo training at Bangalore's PBI Academy for the upcoming Deaflympics.
At the moment, Jafreen is residing at her maternal uncle's house. Her father Zakeer Ahmed had paid for her training by selling their residential home, and ornaments.
The grant from the sports ministry will now help her with her training, procuring equipment and participating in national and international events. This assistance is also provided to the parents of sportspersons who are adjusting to bad living conditions.