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Cancer Survivor Champions at 10th World Children's Winners Games

by Kedar Palsule - 06/08/2019

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.

 

Gold medal

Nidhi Baipotu won Gold in the 7-9 years age group | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Devanshi Rawat scored 5.0/5 and clinched the Gold in the age group of 12-13 years among girls | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Aronyatesh Ganguly scored 6.0/6 and won the Gold in the age group of 7-9 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Silver medal

Priti Nag scored 4.0/5 to win Silver medal in the age group of 12-13 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Priti with her father at the gallery | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Priti running with the Indian flag | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Hrithik Alamanda scored 4.0/5 and received Silver medal in the age group of 14-16 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Bronze medal

Atharva Deshmukh scored 4.0/5 and won the Bronze medal in under 11 age group | Photo: Kedar Palsule

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

Devanshi Rawat won Gold in Swimming | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Atharva Deshmukh won Silver in football | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Anant Tiwari scored 4.0/5 in chess. He won Silver in Football in the age group 7-9 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Hritik Alamanda won Gold in Swimming in the age group of 14-16 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Monish Joshi earned Gold in Rifle Shooting | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Tanush Jain won Gold in Rifle Shooting in under 12 age group and Bronze in Chess for scoring 4.0/5 in under 11 | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Nidhi Baipotu won Gold in Running and Swimming, Bronze in Rifle Shooting in the age group 7-9 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

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.

Reigning World Rapid Champion GM Daniil Dubov played simultaneous match | Photo: Official site

The entire Team India group | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Dr. Ashish Gulia, Dr. Sharad Vaze with India's 3rd GM in history Pravin Thipsay and Arjuna Awardee WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Dr. Nikita Shah, Voluntary Social Worker Ameeta Bhatia and Dr. Badira | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Department of Pediatric Oncology of Tata Hospital (Clockwise from top left) - Dr. Girish Chinnaswamy, Dr. Tushar Vora, Shalini Jatia and Dr. Shripad Banavali | Photo: Kedar Palsule

Dr. Sharad Vaze from Mumbai and Kedar Palsule from Pune have been training the kids in chess for the past 6 years | Photo: Kedar Palsule

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