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Five athletes who will represent India in Street Child Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from March 14 to 20, 2016

thestatesman.com | New Delhi | 07 March, 2016

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A team of five athletes comprising two boys and three girls are all set to represent India in the upcoming Street Child Games in Rio de Janeiro from March 14 to 20, 2016.

The five Indian players are–18-year-old Usha, 15-year-old Hepsiba, 15-year-old Sneha, 18-year-old Silambarasan and 18-year-old Ashok. Usha will lead the team of athletes who will participate in athletics – 100 meters, 400 meters, long jump, hurdles, relay and shot-put events in the tournament.

These young players have been mentored and trained by the NGO Karunalaya Social Service Society, the official Indian partner with Street Child United, for the tournament.

The Street Child Games, an initiative of international NGO Street Child United, are referred as “mini-Olympics” and focus on the rights of street children and use sports as a medium to challenge the negative perceptions of these children in the mean time transforming the way they are treated. Fourteen countries, including Brazil, USA, Liberia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Pakistan, Argentina, England, Philippines, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi are participating in the tournament.

During the event, the Copacabana Palace Hotel will also host a Congress for the young players and focus on the issues that they have faced while living in the streets across the world.


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