Ace athlete wants sports academy in north Bengal

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Prashant Acharya
SILIGURI
27 Mar 2017

With chief minister Mamata Banerjee visiting north Bengal, noted local athlete of yesteryear, Dipti Paul, is keen to meet her to demand an international standard sports academy for the region.
Paul comes from a humble background and she overcame many an obstacle to make Siliguri and Bengal popular all over. She now dreams of seeing a sports academy for providing free training to needy and underprivileged talents.
"I request chief minister Mamata Banerjee to set up an international level sports academy in Siliguri so that budding talents of north Bengal can avail of free training to be able to compete in both national and international sporting events," said Paul.
Paul said there are thousands of promising sports talents in north Bengal, but lack of financial support prevents them from taking part in major events.
The 55-year-old, who is a mother of two sons, is an inspiration for all as she has defied age and gone on to bag gold medals in long jump and track events. Paul has won numerous medals, certificates and trophies for her performances in state, national and international athletic meets.
She says she didn’t have a proper coach, but she had people who encouraged her. As a gesture of requital, she wants to repay all her well-wishers in kind by service to society in the form of imparting free training to young talents. A champion runner, Paul is a three-time winner of the National Master Athletic Meet, and never fails to advocate the merits of sports while relentlessly championing her cause.