Sangeeta was also selected for the senior women’s team last year. She is working at a brick kiln in Bansmundi village of Dhanbad district. Rijiju tweeted, ‘I have been informed about footballer Sangeeta Soren, who has represented India in international competitions and is in financial crisis due to this pandemic. My office has contacted them and financial help will be given soon. Our priority is to ensure a dignified life for the players.
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Sangeeta was selected for the Indian team after impressive performances in age-group tournaments but her dream of playing for the national team could be fulfilled even before the pandemic-induced lockdown came into force in the country. National Commission for Women (NCW) President Rekha Sharma has written a letter to the Jharkhand government in view of her struggles, seeking help and support from the state to this international footballer.
I’ve been informed about footballer Sangeeta Soren, who has represented India in international competitions, and is in a financial crisis in this pandemic. My office has contacted her & financial help will be extended soon. Ensuring a dignified life for athletes is our priority. https://t.co/ldT0i7GxuX
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 23, 2021
A copy of the Women’s Commission letter has also been sent to All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel. Despite financial constraints, Sangeeta has not given up on her dream of football and she regularly practices in the nearby ground. Sangeeta’s father is blind and her elder brother is struggling to get employment. He too has previously worked in a brick kiln.
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