Nikita over­comes ad­ver­sity, now a coach

Sportstar - - INDIAN PLAYGROUND -

Lit­tle did Nikita Ku­mar know that her life would turn up­side down on that fate­ful night of March 1■, 2012.

All of 21, she and four of her friends were re­turn­ing from a movie when their car col­lided against a di­vider, re­sult­ing in the death of one and leav­ing her and the other three griev­ously in­jured.

Nikita was forced to am­pu­tate her left hand. The in­ci­dent left her dev­as­tated, but it also gave her time to in­tro­spect.

Two years later, Nikita, with the sup­port of her par­ents and sis­ter (Nupur Ku­mar), started a ta­ble ten­nis academy called Ram­prastha in Ghazi­abad (Ut­tar Pradesh). And she is now a pop­u­lar coach, who has gained the love and re­spect of her trainees.

Nikita is grate­ful to her mother Meenu Chaud­hary, who is a pro­fes­sional sports psy­chol­o­gist and her sis­ter, who is a cer­ti­fied In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) Level I coach, for guid­ing her in run­ning the academy.

Ac­cord­ing to Nikita, her first pri­or­ity is coach­ing. “I al­ways thought I would make a bet­ter coach. I didn’t get a per­fect coach/ men­tor. So I thought I can be a men­tor for these kids,” she said.

K. KEERTHIVASAN

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