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Indian Athletes’ Optimism Despite Neglect

Indian Athletes’ Optimism Despite Neglect

Indian Athletes’ Optimism Despite Neglect

How they carry on while India lets them down

Bollywood makes films about them and people desperately await medals when they go for international games, but India’s athletes seemingly receive little help. At least that’s what we sensed when we met with a group of runners in Delhi, some of whom had represented India.

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Working evenings and nights to meet their basic needs, they have kept their dreams and determination alive, just so that someday they would win an Olympic medal. We met them while they were practising in a park in Delhi, India’s capital, in a recent morning. But here’s what we witnessed and captured on camera.

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