Nishchay Luthra, an Indian figure skater aiming to represent India at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea became a much-talked about personality on Twitter. He garnered support from cricketers and film stars, who changed their display names in support of Nishchay. Due to lack of funds, the Delhi-born skater is losing out on training time.
"Right now, with the crowdfunding, in cooperation with Milaap I have a little over Rs two lakhs in contributions," Nishchay tells TOI Sports from Florida. "But for me to train, I need at least three-four lakhs a month. The Union Government gave me INR 5 lakh [INR 4,56,568 in 2015-16 through the National Sports Development Funds] the first time around and told me to go train for six months. But how could I do that? It is the training cost for just one month. My mom had to take a loan against our house in Delhi, she had to look at options like jewellery mortgage to meet the costs."