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Channelising Youth Energy in Northeast India

Channelising Youth Energy in Northeast India

A Volleyball Coach Provides Free Training to 2,500 Youngsters

As India imposed a complete lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, all sports activities also came to a halt. But for Delhi-based Abhijeet Bhattacharya, formerly the captain of the Indian volleyball team, this came as an opportunity to reach out to a larger number of youngsters from the northeastern state of Assam.

Every morning, he opens his laptop, gets on a video conference call and starts coaching players on the screen. He believes that sports play an important role in youth’s lives by transforming them into their selves. Bhattacharya, along with his 2,500 mentees, took an oath to stay away from the use of tobacco and drugs to ensure that their energies are being channelised in the right direction.

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