Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 02:03:19 PM
The Wai-based Nanawares had never before been touched by such a deep sense of joie de vivre as on Tuesday. Their over eight-month-long toil of trying to find a sponsor for their 15-year-old daughter Snehanjali, a national level archer, who is now poised to enter the junior levels, ended with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) announcing a scholarship for the sportsperson.
She can now pursue her goal of becoming an international player without taking a break.
As Snehanjali moved from the sub-junior to the junior level, the farming family was faced with the responsibility to put together a corpus of nearly two lakh to fund her travels and upgraded sport equipment, as reported by this newspaper on May 28 – ‘A bow for Snehanjali’.
|Snehanjali with her parents and sister at her residence in Wai
But all that is a thing of the past now. Following a grilling interview, BPCL signed a bond with Snehanjali promising her a scholarship of Rs 10,000 per month for three years. The company will also provide her with the necessary equipment.
She is the only archer in the country to be accorded the scholarship from the company, which has in the past supported sportspersons such as Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, S Sreesanth and Pragyan Ojha.
A panel of five BPCL officials — executive director (HRD) Deepti Sanjhgiri, general manager (Corporate HR) K Padmakar, DGM Shingrut, manager corpoarte (HRS) Sunil Laimaye and sports in-charge Devendra Joshi — conducted the interview on Monday at the head office Bharat Bhavan in Mumbai.
They put to test her knowledge of archery and devotion towards the sport. Snehanjali’s impressive line-up of 70 medals and certificates and 18 national level wins over the last two years firmed up their decision.
Sunil Limaye, corporate manager (HRS) who is an ex-Ranji trophy player said, “After reading the article we felt that the girl has potential to lead India on the international level. But we had to check her confidence, and hence put her through the interview. She surpassed our expectations.
She will be under no constraint to play for BPCL only. She will be able to handle her own expenses after she enters the international level. We have also assured her that we are keen to sponsor her career beyond the promised three years if she displays an extraordinary performance.”
Limaye added, “She is the first archer among the 80 sportspersons we have sponsored so far.” Back in Wai, it was time to celebrate. Sweetmeats did the rounds and neighbours called in to express their good wishes to the Narwares.
Snehanjali’s parents, Rajendra and Aarti said, “We are hoping that the money will not be a hurdle anymore in this crucial year of her career. We are thankful to BPCL that they believe in her aim to be an Olympic gold medallist.”
Snehanjali, a student of Joy Children Academy, on the other hand, is happy that she can now focus on sport and study without any worry. “Now I can concentrate more on studies and practice as I have to take the Standard X exams this academic session,” she said.
This humility is hard-earned too, as her parents had suffered unrequited dreams of becoming successful judo and karate players themselves in their youth.
► She surpassed our expectations. She won’t have to play for BPCL only, and handle her own expenses after she enters the int’l level
- Sunil Limaye, Corp Mgr (HRS), BPCL