CWG 2022: No job security for silver-medallist Murali Sreeshankar | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: A top Indian athlete without a job, it’s a common phenomenon, isn’t it? Add CWG silver medalist long jumper Murali Sreeshankar‘s name to it.
Despite being an Olympian, the 23-year-old from PalakkadKerala doesn’t have a job at present.
Talking to TOI, Sreeshankar’s father Murali Sivashankar said, “We have been trying for employment opportunities with the Kerala government since a long time, but nothing has materialized yet.
“Sree is an Olympian, but what he has been offered before is a junior level job under the sports quota of the state government. What we are looking for is at least a gazetted-level job for him. There should be some respect for a person who has represented the country at the Olympics.”
Sreeshankar is part of the Union sports ministry’s TOP (Target Olympic Podium) Scheme and is currently funded by a private sports promotion company that looks after the training of high-performance athletes.
After his long jump silver at the 2022 CWG, Sreeshankar’s father said, “My son was often told by officials in the government set-up that he doesn’t have a medal at big events like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games or Olympics and his application was rejected. I hope now that he has won a silver at the CWG these reasons won’t be given and he gets an employment opportunity – preferably with the Kerala government.”
“An athlete, who is always putting all his efforts to bring medals for the country in a sport like athletics, which has the toughest competition, should be able to practice and train with a free mind. He shouldn’t be bogged down thinking what will happen to him after 10 years, after 15 years. Because an athlete’s shelf life is very less.”

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