PUNE: Amid all the gloom around her since the past few years, city’s cyclist Priyanka Jadhav has finally got a ray of hope.
The Pune-based cyclist Priyanka, who has won national and international level cycling competitions for the last seven years, will get a push to achieve her dreams after her journey was disturbed by financial crisis.
Priyanka, 18, had lost her father 6 years ago and has been going through a financial crisis. The condition at home made Priyanka’s life tough. But the young cyclist is set to resume her journey after getting a brand-new bicycle.
Priyanka will be seen in action at the National Road Championship in November after she received a racing bicycle for the competition by city-based sports enthusiast and entrepreneur Aniruddha Deshpande.
Priyanka has participated in various competitions and has 7 gold and 7 silver medals other than a gold that she had won at the National Track Championship held in Kerala in 2016.
Priyanka was training at the camp in Delhi for the past one year, but things came to an abrupt halt when she returned to Pune. She was not able to afford a bicycle and was left without training.
Deshpande-led Amanora Yes Foundation decided to provide an ultramodern bicycle to Priyanka, which will help her for the championship.
The Cervelo P3 model bicycle costs approximately Rs.5 Lakh and is suitable for international competitions for the next 4-5 years.
“Before, when I was in a government camp, I used to get bicycles and guidance from there. But after getting out of there, the practice was interrupted due to lack of a proper bicycle. Now with the help of Aniruddha Deshpande, I got a personal bicycle,” Priyanka said.
Aniruddha Deshpande said: “Quality students in rural areas have perseverance. I believe that if such girls are provided with necessary help, they can do well in sports and education. Our foundation is working to bridge the social divide.”