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Rajkumar is a very happy man these days. A couple of days after
Timesofindia.com ran a story on Manjesh and the role Rajkumar has played in inspiring, supporting and encouraging his younger brother, Rajkumar, who is currently training in California, United States, got a call from someone who had read the story and wanted to help.
“A big thanks to Timesofindia.com. Mr VR Ferose is the head of a software company (Senior Vice President and Head of SAP Academy for Engineering). The moment he read the
Timesofindia.com article about my brother (Manjesh) and me, he somehow found my number and contacted me and offered to help us. He said he read our story on TimesofIndia.com and wanted to meet us. He met me in the US and transferred 2000 USD in my account and has also promised that he will write a book on me,” Rajkumar told Timesofindia.com.
“It was wonderful meeting with Ferose. He said he will do as much as possible for us. He (Ferose) is a positive person. He was so happy to help us. There are very few people like him in this world. He came as a godfather for us,” an elated Rajumar said.
Rajkumar, who is in the US currently thanks largely to a crowd-funding effort, will also be training at the Shark Skating Rink in California without paying any fees, thanks to his new benefactor.
“He (Ferose) has also contacted the CEO of Shark Ice Skating (in California) to waive off my everyday training charges. I don’t have to pay the 600 USD per month for the ice charge from now onwards. I have seen a lot of ups and downs in my career. I have worked in a bead shop with my father (in Sadar bazaar in New Delhi), washed utensils, worked in night shifts in hotels and also as a street hawker. I don’t want my brother to go through all these things. I just want some support. That’s it,” Rajkumar said.
Rajkumar has a neurodevelopmental disorder with general learning disability. From 2014 onwards Rajkumar has competed in the general category after undergoing treatment, but he has had to miss multiple international competitions due to lack of funds.
Rajkumar won an individual gold and a silver medal in the pairs event at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
“I want to appeal to the honourable Sports Minister Rijiju sir to please help us. All we want is some support. I won a gold medal at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang. My brother and I will continue to make India proud with our hard work,” Rajkumar said.
“The two of us train at a mall in Gurgaon which charges 600 rupees for an hour. There is an ice skating rink in Shimla as well but it is operational in winters only. As an athlete, we have to practice throughout the year. Even for basic practice, we have to go outside the country. I want to request the government and Rijiju sir to construct an ice skating rink in India so that we can practice through the year and we don’t have to go outside the country,” he said.