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Steel city special athletes get second Covid jab

East Singhbhum administration organises vaccine camp at Jeevika in Sonari
A special athlete gets vaccinated at the camp in Jamshedpur on Sunday.
A special athlete gets vaccinated at the camp in Jamshedpur on Sunday.
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Jayesh Thaker   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 12.09.21, 07:29 PM

Eighteen special athletes took their second dose of vaccine for Covid-19 at a camp organised by the East Singhbhum district administration on Sunday.

Jeevika, a Sonari-based NGO which runs a special school, requested the district administration to organise the camp for the second dose of vaccine at their school. A team, including three nurses, completed the formalities in around two hours.

The special athletes, including, Ryan Francis, Raju Diwan, Akash Sharma and Pankaj Kumar (all students of Jeevika) were afraid to take the vaccine and refused to roll up their sleeves. However, they relented after a while when presented with chocolates.

"Things went off peacefully. Our students had taken the first doze of Covishield vaccine on June 16 and it was time for the second dose. We had informed the district administration that the second dose of vaccine was due. We are thankful to the district administration," said Avtar Singh, founder of Jeevika.

According to him, they felt it was their responsibility to convince parents of our special children to get their wards from a safety point of view. "We are happy that now our students are safe," added Singh, a former international cyclist.

Jeevika secretary Sukhdeep Kaur was also present on the occasion.

New state shuttle association

Badminton Association of Jharkhand was formed on Sunday. Dinesh Kumar has been nominated president of the outfit while Vijay Singh (vice-president) Rajeev Sengupta (secretary) and Mohammad Rashid (treasurer) are other office bearers. "The association has been formed for developing the game and promoting shuttlers in the districts. We are organising a two-day tournament in Telco later this month," Kumar said at a media meet.

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