After ‘only 900 Euros left’ shocker, India’s top tennis star Sumit Nagal finds support


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As soon as Sumit Nagal shared his financial struggle in an interview with PTI, support started pouring in for India’s top tennis player and leading beverage company PepsiCo India and DLTA came forward to help him. The Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) has decided to release a one-time assistance of Rs 5 lakh, while PepsiCo has also promised to support Nagal for three years. DLTA administrator Ranbir Chauhan said, “We have taken the details from Sumit Nagal and Rs 5 lakh will be deposited in his account. DLTA Chairman Rohit Rajpal has approved the support.”

Nagal, in an interview with PTI, had claimed that his annual budget to survive on the ATP Tour is not less than Rs 1 crore and after arranging his funds, only 900 Euros were left in his account.

“If I look at my bank balance, I have the same amount as I had at the beginning of the year. It is 900 Euros (about Rs 80,000). I got a little help. Mr. Prashant Sutar is helping me with the MHA Tennis Foundation. “I also get a monthly (salary) from IOCL but I don’t have any big sponsor,” Nagal told PTI in an interview.

Rajpal said, “He deserves more. People associated with the game should be treated like national assets. They need to be taken care of. Tennis is a brutal and tough sport. It requires travel on a weekly basis.” “, which makes it difficult. We’re talking.” Have already requested help from other sponsors and from the Sports Ministry.”

Meanwhile, Ankit Agarwal, Associate Director, Energy and Hydration, PepsiCo India, said, “Sumit is a role model for India’s new generation of athletes, his career is a true example of hard work and sweat that makes talent shine. “

“As a brand dedicated to supporting athletes in overcoming barriers to sporting success, we are pleased to welcome Sumit to the Gatorade team. We wish him all the best as he represents the country are, and we hope to empower the next generation of athletes through this connection as they continue to pursue their dreams.”

Nagel said, “I am extremely impressed and grateful to be joining forces with Gatorade. This association comes at an important time for me, and I am grateful that my hard work and passion is being recognized and appreciated.”

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