In a noble gesture, India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson recently helped a budding footballer from Kerala and the latter sponsored flight tickets to Spain. Adarsh PR, who hails from Kuttamperur in Mannar, is on the Left and has been selected for a one-month training program with Spanish fifth division CD La Virgen del Camino.
Chengannur MLA and Minister for Fisheries, Culture and Youth Affairs Saji Cherian made the revelation in a lengthy post on Facebook. The amount so far is Rs. 50,000 has been deposited for Adarsh.
Cherin wrote in her Facebook post, “A week ago a young man named Adarsh, a resident of Mannar Kuttampur, came to meet me.”
“A graduate student of Tiruvalla Marthoma College, he is a prolific football player. Adarsh has got a huge opportunity, but he was worried that he would lose that opportunity due to financial problems.”
“Adarsh had the opportunity to train for a month in the third division Ligue Deportivo La Vergne del Camino in Spain. During this time about five matches can be played. If the club or other clubs give priority to performance then there is a possibility of getting a contract.
“It is a dream for our native football player to have the opportunity to play in league matches in a country that is the most important country in football like Spain. But we have to find the necessary cost for this ourselves. It was a crisis,” he said.
“Our beloved star Sanju Samson has sponsored Adarsh’s flight tickets. The well-wishers of the country and the educated people in their school have helped him in every possible way. Further, the possibilities of paying the required amount were examined by the sports department, but before that, there were technical problems as Adarsh had to leave immediately.
“In such a situation Rs 50000 collected by Karakkad Leo Club was handed over to Adarsh today. The remaining amount was handed over to Adarsh. Adarsh will travel to Madrid the day after tomorrow. He is a big fan of the ideal left-wing forward Cristiano Ronaldo. I am sure that tomorrow Adarsh will be our proud star. I wish this opportunity paves the way for them,” he added.