The World Champion Builders programme was launched by Sheltrex, a construction company. Gracing the occasion was none other than India’s top squash player, Dipika Pallikal.
Under the programme, the company will extend all financial support ot Dipika to ensure that she receives the best coaching, physiotherapy and other technical modalities so that she could focus entirely on her sporting activities.
Former cricketer Kiran More, representing Lakshya, an NGO specialised in nurturing young sporting talent, was also present. He said the NGO aims to identify such talents and link them to corporate companies, so that the latter need not face an uncertain future. He told City Express that the NGO has identified 45 such sportspersons till date, all at the junior level.
“The identification is through a robust process,but we also nurture them to enhance their performance. The help from the corporate sector enables to create a sound support system,” he said. Five players identified by Lakshya represented India at the 2012 London Olympics. Rahi Sarnobat, the pistol shooter who won gold at the ISSF World Cup last month, is a product of Lakshya.
Sheltrex chairman Rajesh Krishnan said, “We are proud to be associated with Dipika. We will work hard with her on her journey to become world’s No 1 player.”