Sports a doorway to Hope and Respect

Sports has given hope to Abhiranjan. At 27 yrs he has kept his struggle on, not wanting to give up until he has achieved a respectable place in the society. Sports has given a direction to his life , where his Intellectual Disability and hearing impairment threw challenges of isolation and rejections. He started to talk at the age of seven. He only had his siblings as his friends in the first few years of his life , as he was often asked to ‘go away’

His father has a secretarial job with the police department in Ranchi, Jharkhand and his mother is a home maker and he has three sisters and one brother. His dream is to become a Coach. He is currently, a Coach Asst with SO Bharat Jharkhand and recently got a job with the NGO, Deepshikha as a School Coach.

Abhiranjan joined SO Bharat in 2015, participating in Football, Floorball & Badminton. Never interested in studies, he had always been drawn towards sports. Things started to look up ande he soon qualified to be part of the Unified Floor ball team selected to participate in the 2017 World Winter Games held in Austria. Abhiranjan was recruited Captain of the team and proved his mettle in the sport , by being the highest scorer. His team won a Gold Medal. Recalling some experiences vividly, Abhiranjan expressed that the team gained confidence by winning one of the earlier matches against a team to whom they had lost. 

On his return, Mr Satbir, Asst Area Director, SO Bharat Jharkhand trained him to be Coach Assistant. According to him, Abhiranjan’s physique, his positive attitude and a concern for every team member qualified him for the role. In this role, Abhiranjan has strated to focus on different skills of the sport and their application as well as coordination. ‘Passing Skill’ is most important, he instructs the three probable Floorballers from his state at the TATA Sports complex, as he prepares them for the Kazan World Winter Games 2022.

Drawing a comparison between his role now and earlier as a player, he says that he really has to concentrate on the larger strategy of the team to win, which makes his responsibility even higher. “Special Olympics is very important. The Special Athletes never get a chance to play. Through this platform the Special Athletes get a chance to learn, develop their skills and also play with mainstream Athletes as well. I feel very proud that I am now a coach. Everyone wants to move higher in life. This is a great opportunity for me”

Abhiranjan, has come back very happy from the Floorball Camp held recently in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. He is continuing to extend guidance to his Athletes over the phone. He is also keeping his fitness regime strict waking up every morning at 5AM, along with following a nutritious diet. He is very confident that he will prepare his team for a GOLD