Rajendra Singh Dhami breaks rocks under a government scheme in his hometown of Raikot in the northern Uttarakhand state. AFP
Rajendra Singh Dhami previously earned a living from prize money and sponsorship, supplemented by income from working as a coach, despite wheelchair cricket not being a professional game in India. But he and millions of others in the South Asian nation were forced to give up their livelihoods and return to their home villages when the country's cities went into lockdown.
Under pressure to provide for his elderly parents and siblings, Dhami resorted to a job breaking rocks under a government scheme in his hometown of Raikot in northern Uttarakhand state that promises at least 100 days of manual labour a year.
Rajendra Singh Dhami breaks rocks under a government scheme in his hometown of Raikot. AFP
After his plight became national news, the Indian Olympic Association stepped in with a grant of 50,000 rupees ($670), while the state government awarded the struggling player the equivalent of $270.
"I was about to fly out to Bangalore in March with a team that I was coaching but the lockdown happened and everything came to a halt," the 34-year-old told AFP.
"After a while it became difficult to manage things and I had to fall back to manual labour. I am breaking rocks and earn 400 rupees (about $5) per day."
Dhami was left paralysed in the lower half of his body at the age of two but never let it stop him enjoying sports.
He first won medals at the national level in shotput and discus before the prolific all-rounder with impressive batting skills switched to cricket.
Despite rising to the heights of national competition, Dhami said he has never been ashamed to work hard off the field.
"You have to earn to get two meals a day. It would not have been nice to beg and I believe there is nothing wrong in doing anything that involves hard work," he said.
But he added that the government should do more to help others left without work by the pandemic.
"I have received help, but the heads of our state should realise that it's not only me but a lot of other sportspersons who are struggling to make ends meet."
"His warmth and passion for playing and watching Cricket was endearing," Tendulkar wrote of his meeting with Raiji on Twitter following the announcement of the death.
The IPL will take place between Sept. 19 to Nov. 8. This is confirmed and the rest we will decide in the (IPL) governing council meeting next week.
Sourav Ganguly, affectionately known as Dada, is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer and captain of the Indian national team.
Dhoni has not played international cricket since the World Cup last year, but coach Ravi Shastri recently said the wicketkeeper-batsman could be in contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia this year if he performs well in the Indian Premier League.
Brazil great Ronaldinho could be freed on August 24 following five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources said on Monday.
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJFF) has announced that the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) 2020 will be held from Nov. 18-21 at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in the UAE capital.
A huge number of participants, mostly Emiratis and tourists, representing 46 nation, will be at the start line of the DXB Snow Run, which takes place at Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates on Friday.