Cancer Survivor Champions at 10th World Children's Winners Games
The Tenth World Children Winners Games took place from 4th-7th July 2019 in Moscow, Russia. Each year childhood survivors from all over the world are invited to participate in various sporting competitive events like Track, Chess, Football, Table Tennis, Swimming and Shooting where they go on to search for and gain their self-worth. This year, 16 countries had participated. Since 2014 Tata hospital is invited to participate in it, all the 10 children from India participated in this event were sent through Tata Memorial Hospital. Nidhi and Devanshi won the gold medals in their respective age category, Priti and Hritik won silver medal, Atharva and Tanush got bronze medal for the same. Photo: FA Kedar Palsule
Indian Cancer Survivor Champions shine bright at 10th World Children's Winners Games
The “Gift of Life Foundation”- founded by Russian actresses Chulpan Khamatova and Dina Korzun gives a great opportunity for the survivors of childhood cancer. Each year, “The World Children Winner’s Games” are organized in Moscow, Russia, where childhood survivors from all over the world are invited to participate in competitive events like Track, Chess, Football, Table tennis, swimming and Shooting where they go on to search for and gain their self-worth. This year, 16 countries had participated. Since 2014 Tata hospital is invited to participate in The World Children Winners Games, all the 10 children from India participated in this event were sent through Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, namely Nidhi Baipotu, Priti Nag, Devanshi Rawat, Anant Tiwari, Aronyatesh Ganguly, Atharva Deshmukh, Monish Joshi, Tanush Jain, Hritik Alamanda and Harsh Devgharkar.
All 10 children participated in the chess competition.
Along with chess kids also took part in various other sports like football where Atharva and Anant got silver medals. In table tennis Aronyatesh won gold, in rifle shooting Monish and Tanush got gold harsh got silver and Nidhi got bronze. In swimmimg Nidhi, Devanshi and Hritik got gold medals and in running Nidhi got gold medal. Overall team India bagged a tally of 17 medals.
Medals in other sports
Thanks to all the people who along with kids made this a very successful event for India. For chess Mr Sharad Vaze from Mumbai and Mr. Kedar Palsule from Pune have been training kids since the last 6 years. Ms. Snehal Papalkar is training kids for rifle shooting since many years. With the help and support of Dr. Shripad Banavali, Dr. Girish Chinnaswamy, Dr.Tushar Vora and Ms. Shalini Jhatia from Department Pediatric Oncology, Tata hospital, ImPaCCT Foundation provides the travelling expenses for this event. Duhita foundation from Tata hospital provided the sportswear for the team. The selection of the team, organizing the practice session, overall team management is took care by voluntary social worker Ms. Ameeta Bhatia. Xavier’s football ground, Prabhodhankar Thackery Krida Sankul, Ambernath Rifle & pistol shooting club and Kamgar Swimming Pool helped kids in getting a proper training in football, rifle shooting and swimming respectively.
Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi also talked about the team in the “Mann ki baat”.
About the Author
Kedar Palsule is a FIDE Arbiter with 18 years of chess coaching experience. He provides online coaching session through skype and was the ex-coach of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai : Chaturang Chess Club and also Kunte Chess Academy, Pune. He has been teaching chess to cancer surviver kids in Tata Cancer hospital, Mumbai since last 4 years for which he does not charge any fees as he believes that the kids have already fought a lot against cancer and have won the battle.
The article has been edited by Shahid Ahmed