The Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar winner, Lakshya Institute, at a press conference today launched “One Dream, One Lakshya” (ODOL) in partnership with Dream Sports Foundation (DSF), the philanthropic arm of Dream Sports, to support seven promising athletes across five sports. The ODOL program is designed to identify and provide holistic and comprehensive support to potential Indian Olympians on their journey to win laurels for the country through quality coaching, financial aid, training equipment, national and international tournament exposures. The program was inaugurated in the presence of Sunder Iyer, Hon. Sec. Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and Kiran Vivekananda, Chief Policy Officer at Dream Sports & Head at Dream Sports Foundation.
Through this partnership, DSF, which has supported Indian athletes like Nethra Kumanan to reach the Tokyo Olympics, and Lakshya Institute will provide intensive training for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics to all the selected athletes among the five sports disciplines, namely shooting, boxing, wrestling, badminton and table tennis.
|Maharashtra||Nupur Patil (19 yrs)||Shooting, 10m air rifle||India youth rank 1|
|Maharashtra||Devika Ghorpade (16 yrs)||Boxing, 50 Kgs||Junior National Champion, a semi-finalist at Asian Junior Boxing Championship in 2021|
|Maharashtra||Tara Shah (16 yrs)||Badminton, singles||India U-17 rank 1, won the gold medal in U-19 at 10th Multi Alarm Hungarian International Junior Championship in 2020|
|Telangana||Sreeja Akula (22 yrs)||Table Tennis, singles||India rank 1, a quarterfinalist at WTT Contender Budapest tournament in 2021|
|Telangana||Riya Habbu (17 yrs)||Badminton, singles||won a silver medal in the Khelo India U-17 category in 2020|
|Haryana||Nupur Sheoran (22 yrs)||Boxing, 75 Kgs||India rank 2, Women’s Boxing National Champion|
|Haryana||Sunil Kumar (22 yrs)||Greco-Roman Wrestling, 87 Kgs||India rank 1, represented India at World and Asian Olympic Qualifiers in 2021|
Talking about the impact of the partnership with the Dream Sports Foundation, Swastik Sirsikar, Vice President of Lakshya Foundation, said, “In a year where most corporates are withdrawing CSR support to sports, we are happy that Dream Sports Foundation has come forward to support Lakshya through the unique program, ‘One Dream, One Lakshya’. We hope that this long term vision will surely see many more Indian players achieve their best and win medals for the country in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. I’m sure we will be able to support many more players under this partnership in the coming years.”
Speaking about the program, Kiran Vivekananda, Chief Policy Officer at Dream Sports & Head at Dream Sports Foundation, said, “The pandemic has impeded basic training for many talented athletes. However, through collaborations between different not-for-profit sports organisations, we are ensuring that our athletes continue training and winning accolades for India. Our program, ODOL, will provide the necessary support to help promising young athletes to reach their full potential and represent India on a global stage.”
Recently, Dream Sports Foundation partnered with Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation (MKRBF) and Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS) to support talented and budding athletes in training, educational and financial assistance. During the COVID-19 pandemic, DSF also supported over 3500 beneficiaries from the sports industry impacted by the crisis as part of the ongoing ‘Back on Track’ initiative. Since its inception, DSF has reached over 6000 sports beneficiaries in India.