Masud: learning to get integrated through sport

Masud: learning to get integrated through sport

Masud Ghulan is living in the Lesvos refugee camp, in Greece. He participates in the sport sessions offered by the Yoga and Sport with Refugees association, which works close to the camp.

Story :
“Everything here is new. I’m only 2.5 years old here in Europe. Yoga and Sport helped me learn where I am in this new world and which kind of people I’m with. Everything I have learned about my new home is from volunteers at Yoga and Sport.”

Photo credits: Helena Monill

Nasroolah: sport to find a purpose

Nasroolah: sport to find a purpose

Nasroolah Jafari joined the Yoga and Sport with Refugees kickboxing classes when he was a resident of the refugee camp of Lesvos, in Greece. Having joined the association two years ago, sport has allowed him to get out of the camp environment and find a purpose; now he wants to bring more hope to the children. He wants to give them the opportunity to have a normal life.

Nasroolah has now received his papers and is living in Athens, where he is still taking sports classes with Yoga and Sport with Refugees.

Story :
“I had no opportunity to do sports in Afghanistan—not even the internet in our poor area. Now I run and do kick-boxing. Knowing Estelle and Yoga and Sport With Refugees saved my life. The English I’m speaking I learned from these people. I come to stay physically and mentally healthy. I always dreamed of having the opportunity to do sports. Why waste my time in the camp? I can come and grow up and do good things. I can get to know more people. I can have more social connections. I have done it for over two years. I’m very happy with that.”

Photo credits: Giulio Piscitelli

Jayanti Behera – Sport as a medium to inspire communities

Jayanti Behera – Sport as a medium to inspire communities

Jayanti is one of India’s finest para track and field athletes who competes in 100m, 200m and 400m. When she was just one, Jayanti wandered inside a brick kiln lit with fire, and suffered severe burns, causing her permanent damage. Growing up with a disability was undoubtedly challenging, but Jayanti marched through life undaunted and decided to use sport as a vehicle to give her a new lease on life. Jayanti is now a medallist at multiple international competitions, including the 2018 Asian Para Games, and is an inspiration in her hometown of Sakhigopal, while being a prime example of how one can change their life through sport.

Story:
“To be called the Sakhigopal Express and inspire people in my hometown is very special. Hearing the national anthem play after winning a gold medal fills me with utmost pride.”

Gora Ho – Sport as a vehicle out of poverty

Gora Ho – Sport as a vehicle out of poverty

Gora Ho is an Indian Archer who hails from a tribal belt in Jharkhand, and is one of India’s most prodigious talents. Born into challenging circumstances, he hailed from a financially backward family and tragically lost his mother in 2016, when he was just 15 years of age, while his father has been confined to his bed due to paralysis. Despite being the youngest of 4 siblings, he took up tremendous responsibility which has made his brothers look up to him for leadership. Gora has used his strong ambition to win the greatest honours in archery as a vehicle out of poverty and to
support his family. He has also contributed to some memorable results for India, such as sealing the gold medal in the men’s team event at the 2018 Asia Cup (stage 1) in Bangkok.

Story:
“Coming from hardship, sport has given me the opportunity to support my family and win laurels for my country. I am working hard to achieve my dream of winning an Olympic medal for India.”

Raja Muthupandi – Le sport comme moyen de lutter contre l’adversité

Raja Muthupandi – Le sport comme moyen de lutter contre l’adversité

Raja Muthupandi est l’un des meilleurs haltérophiles du pays, originaire de la ville de Tuticorin, dans l’État du Tamil Nadu. Né dans une famille d’ouvriers, Raja n’était pas étranger aux difficultés et à l’adversité, et ces circonstances difficiles ont aidé Raja à développer une résistance d’acier. C’est cette qualité qui l’a poussé à trouver dans le sport un moyen de s’exprimer et d’apporter de la stabilité à sa famille. Il a commencé à soulever des poids pour faire de l’exercice à l’âge de 12 ans, ce qui s’est transformé en une passion pour l’haltérophilie en compétition. Ses performances impressionnantes et sa volonté de devenir l’un des meilleurs au monde au niveau national et international ont fait de lui un modèle pour beaucoup.

Histoire:
“La route a été longue et semée d’embûches jusqu’à présent, mais j’en ai profité pleinement. Représenter mon pays sur les plus grandes scènes du monde est un immense privilège.”