The sport of Kho-Kho is yet to get the limelight like other sports. This sport is played at school and national level, but when it comes to international arena, this game is yet to get recognition. It was two decades ago that the sport was very popular in villages and schools in India, but the sport took back seat after 2003 since cricket took center stage as India reached the final of the major event.
For now, the sport has failed to hg limelight, but recently the first international tournament was being organized in England and team India went onto bag gold medal. Today we talk about Ajay Mandhara who was a part of medal winning side.
Ajay comes from Malkangiri District in Odisha, where a lot of Naxal activities takes place. Ajay was a part of the India side that beat host England in the final. Ajay hails from Bonda caste, which is considered as a backward class in Indian society. Inspite of that he continues to train hard in Kho-Kho and have been putting really good performances.
For Ajay, things have not been easy on the personal front as his father works as a daily wage laborer but has ensured that his son gets the best of facilities to play the sport. Ajay is coached by Kalandi Charan Raut and the coach hopes that if he gets sponsorship, then he will get a chance to perform at international level and also show his caliber. After exploits in England, the player from Odisha is now training hard and targeting gold at Kho-Kho World Championships.