Mrs.A Kalaimani – Athlete

45-year-old, An athlete by profession now running a tea-stall in Coimbatore to earn a livelihood. Kalaimani, who is a mother of three, had participated in national and state level masters athletics events and won four gold medals. She says “There is no help from the government for sportspersons. I earn Rs 400-500 from the tea shop, run my family and manage my sports requirements,” With her team ‘Phoenix Runners’, she regularly attends her morning workout sessions and runs for 21 kilometers as part of her practice. With disappointment, she says “I had approached the banks for loans but they refused” Now with her friend financial support, she is participating in national events.
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