Barnala boy Jashandeep Singh Sidhu has qualified to be one of the three players to represent Indian team for footvolley in Rio Olympics Games to be held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two other players are from Uttarakhand and Maharashtra.
The sport will feature as a demonstration event in the games, that means there will not be any medals to give away.
Footvolley, can be described as a crossover between football and volleyball, wherein a player, except its hands, mainly employs feet, besides chest, shoulders and head to get the ball over the net.
Sidhu, initially a football player, switched to this game in 2013. He has passed class 12 and intends to pursue law, besides continuing his strides in Footvolley.
Sidhu said, “I have participated in Footvolley competitions in Nepal and then in third Asian Championship in Thailand. When I found out I will head to Rio, I was filled with an immense amount of happiness.”
“Players of footvolley from 40 countries would be present and out of these, 24 countries will demonstrate the competition to the world. I hope and pray that footvolley gets permanent entry in olympics that will enable me to showcase my ability in olympics-2020 in Tokyo,” Sidhu added.
Sidhu said he did not get any financial support from the government for participation in Olympics.
Sidhu’s father Baljit Singh, a police officer, said, “Naturally I am feeling elated. My message is that youth should be inclined to sports by shunning drug addiction.”
Footvolley, which is called ‘futevolei’ in Brazil and footvolley in other countries, has been around for years but it is finally getting the international exposure on the world stage this summer. The sport captivates audiences immediately with its simple rules, extreme athleticism, and almost magical acrobatic action.
The players will exhibit their strength in Copacabana zone between August 22 and 29.
Before that, Indian players will continue their practice in Mumbai and then in Brazil.