Launched in August 2020 on National Sports Day, ‘Back on Track’ has been able to help people in need from the sports industry during the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted life at many levels leading to job and income loss across industries and sectors, including sports.
Announcing this, the DSF said, out of the 3,500 beneficiaries, 3,300 are current and retired athletes, over 100 are coaches, and more than 70 are sports support staff and journalists. The beneficiaries are from 24 states and three union territories in India, it said in a press release.
According to the foundation, the program has been able to help people in need from the sports industry by providing financial aid, training and sports equipment support, coaching, proper diet and nutrition, monthly stipends and hygiene kits.
Speaking about the initiative, Bhavit Sheth, Chief Operative Office and Co-Founder said: “Owing to the lack of opportunities and resources due to the pandemic, many sports professionals and athletes were giving up on their dreams as they were unable to sustain themselves. We wanted to help them land on their feet and take strides towards their personal and sporting goals through ‘Back on Track’. We are glad that we could reach several sports beneficiaries pan-India and provide integral support within the last nine months.”