Paradip, Jan 1 (LocalWire) Poverty has forced National Awardee boxer Manas Dora to work as a salesman at a petrol pump to keep his kitchen fire burning.
Manas Dora, 25, hailing from Paradeepgarh village under Kujang tahsil, says though poverty has put a full-stop on his boxing, kick-boxing and karate, he is yet to give up his dream of becoming successful in these sports.
Dora’s father Sanatan Dora works at an ice factory in Paradeepgarh, and has a hard time making ends meet for his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Though it was his mother Pramila who disapproved of his sports and wanted him to find a job instead, to support the family, Dora’s gold and silver won at various championships changed her outlook.
His father Sanatan said: “It is difficult to sustain a family of five. How will we get him clothes, shoes and travelling expenses for state and national tournaments?”
“So, my son is working at the petrol pump so that he can earn enough to provide for the expenses required for participating in various tournaments,” said Sanatan.
Dora has completed plus 2 and also fitter in ITI. He has not been provided a job at local companies even after winning gold and silver in boxing and karate championships.
“Neither the government nor private companies have come forward to give me a job or financial support so that I can participate in national and international championships,” said Dora.
He gives his coach Amarjoyti Rout all the credit for inspiring him to carry on despite all odds.
Paradeepgarh panchyat sarpanch Mihir Ranjan Sahoo said: “It is a matter of pride how Dora is struggling to make a career in sports despite acute poverty. Some financial help would have added fuel to his efforts.”
Dora won gold in National Kickboxing Championship 2017 at Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswer.
Besides, he has also won silver in (Kumite) Karate and bronze in Kata on the occasion of Inter State level Open Karate Championship 2018.
He bagged an award at Paradip Karate Championship held in 2017.