KOCHI: In pouring rain on Friday morning, S Rekha set out on a protracted drive from Thiruvananthapuram to Kozhikode. The realisation that she won’t be making a return journey anytime quickly to the capital that she had made her house […]
Earlier within the day, the trio had clicked just a few selfies and bid goodbye to their different teammates at KSEB, and the game they held near their coronary heart, volleyball. Of their mid-twenties, they’ve taken early retirement from a sport that they had performed since schooldays.
They’ll quickly be settling into common workplace work below their respective electrical divisions in Kozhikode – Rekha (Nadapuram), Ruksana (Narikkuni), and Aswathi (Balussery).
“We’ve been planning to (retire) for a yr or so.” The response is unanimous. That volleyball is extremely unlikely to renew in India this yr as a result of Covid-19 scenario solely helped them make up their thoughts extra rapidly. Rekha received married final September, Ruksana extra just lately and Aswathi says she needs to cool down. However is that the one purpose?
The gamers refuse to elaborate however Ruksana added, “What might be performed with nothing to purpose for? We would not have the alternatives that male gamers have.”
The senior girls performed not more than 4 tournaments in the entire of final yr and for these not a part of the nationals and the Fed Cup, the minutes on the court docket had been even fewer.
Yesteryear star Jaisamma Moothedam acknowledges the deteriorating scenario in girls’s volleyball within the nation.
“There was a time after we had common competitions however in recent times even college-level occasions have stopped. And naturally, after the pandemic struck there’s nothing,” stated Jaisamma. “Do you suppose these girls would have give up if we had league competitions and common tournaments like the lads have? However that could be a matter the nationwide federation and the state associations should deal with. Till then, it makes me unhappy to say this, however extra expertise will give up early.”
Rekha, a strong attacker, has been indispensable for the membership, state, and nation in recent times. She guided Kerala to consecutive nationwide and Federation Cup triumphs and captained India on the 2019 Asian championship.
Aswathi, a younger setter, has contributed immensely to the state’s most up-to-date successes in addition to holding a uncommon gold medal in seashore volleyball within the Nationwide Video games. Ruksana is an attacker with a wealth of expertise, together with at six nationwide championships.