Sportspersons, who battled adversities and emerged victorious, are very strong and veritable examples for many budding youngsters. The Indian star gymnast of Rio Dipa Karmakar, who created history by making it to the fourth position in the final vault gymnastics, has proved that India's hope is being nourished despite harsh conditions for sports.

Here, we bring another story of an 11-year old budding footballer whose success not only made him a local hero but also raised hopes for games in India.     

Chandan was selected to train for two months with the elite German club, Bayern Munich in Germany as an academy player.

Chandan Nayak is the son of Sabar Sahi who is a slum dweller. Sahi had left his family years back. Duhita Nayak, Chandan’s mother, works as a domestic help and is raising the entire family. Chandan is the youngest among four siblings.

This is beyond the imagination for a child who hails from such a humble family to become a sportsperson and moreover to choose football which is not as glamorous as cricket in India.  

Elated by her son's selection by the German club, his mother said Chandan always insisted on playing football in the Kalinga Stadium as it is situated near to their house.

I never thought in my life that any of my children will go abroad, Duhita Nayak said. Even though his father is not with him, Chandan is happily pursuing his passion for football, she elaborated.  

Chandan says that for him his mother is his world. I am very happy with my mother and football, he said. His idol is Argentina's football star Lionel Messi.

Chief Minister Of Odisha Felicitated Him:

Encouraging the child prodigy, CM Naveen Patnaik himself felicitated Chandan.

City Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena extended his wholehearted support and junior footballer got the passport and birth certificate in time.

How Was Chandan Selected:
Chandan had participated in a talent hunt organized by Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company.  He was among the 1,000 other participants who took part in the hunt in Bhubaneswar alone. He competed with 160 participants and was placed in top five in the final trial held in Pune.   

What Chandan’s Coach Says
Admiring Chandan's dedication and discipline, his coach JB Mohapatra said Chandan's success proved that poverty cannot be a hurdle if you are committed.

Why This Success Is So Important:
Chandan's achievement is crucial with respect to the view that football in India is not as popular as cricket and hockey. India's current rank in football in the world is 178 and the highest ever rank of Indian team was 48 in 1964. This figure itself speaks the health of football in India.

Written by Raju Kumar/JPN

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