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A Girl from Assam to carry Olympic torch in London on bahalf of India

A class X student from Dibrugarh, Assam will make us proud by representing India at the Olympic Torch Relay in London coming week. The girl named Pinky Karmakar will be among the torchbearers from 20 countries at the relay in Nottinghamshire on June 28.

"I'm very excited. Only exceptionally talented people get such opportunities. I am honoured that I was chosen to represent my country," 17-year-old Pinky. She lives in Barbaruah, Dibrugarh. Pinky's mother works as a tea-plucker and father is a painter in a Dibrugarh tea estate. In the evenings, Pinky teaches about 40 women, including her mother, in the tea garden. She also talks to elders at village meetings on social issues, including child marriage, alcoholism and adult literacy.

Besides studying, the shy but spirited Pinky runs a daily sports programme in her school. She never misses 'Sport for Development' session of the Unicef for primary school kids. After classes, she speaks to parents about the importance of fitness for children's development.

Pinky's dedication prompted the London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG) to choose her for the torch relay.

She is part of the International Inspiration Programme, sports legacy project of London 2012, run in partnership with UK Sport, Unicef and the British Council. The programme is an outcome of LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe's promise at the Singapore bid in 2005 to "reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport".

The programme involves about 12 million children in 20 countries in physical education and sports. About 1,13,000 teachers, coaches and young leaders were trained to teach sports and physical education in their schools and communities. As part of this, 273 International Inspiration schools overseas are linked with 273 schools in the UK.

Pinky hoped her journey to London will help her muster support to restart a night school in the tea garden which shut down more than a decade ago.

Posted by : Abhijit Borah
Dated : 2012-06-25
Place : Bangalore