“Consider Sepak Takraw for sports quota in jobs”

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Appeal to the state government.

Appeal to the state government.

International Sepak Takraw (“kick volleyball”) champion Sindhu Anand has urged the state government to also expand the possibility of sports quotas in government recruitment for champions of the sport.

Sindhu Anand from Tarikere in Chikkamagaluru district is the only person from Karnataka to have won an international medal in the sport. She was part of the six-member team that won a bronze medal at the Asian Beach Sepak Takraw Championships held in Qingdao China in 2019. Besides that, she won medals at national events and state. She was in her final year of B.Com when she won the international medal. Later, she completed her post-graduation course. She is currently preparing for competitions in Bangalore.

Talk to The Hindu over the phone, Sindhu Anand said she expected to enter the civil service. “Considering my sports career, I should have gotten a job in the police. But, Sepak Takraw was not included in the list of sports considered for the quota,” she said.

The central government and many state governments have included it in their respective list of sports for recruitment quota. “Many athletes, medalists like me, have entered the government services of many States. But in Karnataka, the government didn’t think about it,” she said.

Sindhu learned Sepak Takraw, in which players are allowed to touch the ball with their feet, head, knee and chest, while studying at Government First Grade College, Tarikere. Her father G. Anand, a former council member of Tarikere town, and her mother Kamala, a housewife, encouraged her. His teacher Jayakeerthi, the director of physical education at the college, introduced him to the game. “Now hundreds of students are playing this game in the state. I call on the government to give due recognition to the game,” she said.

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