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Ailing Guwahati footballer gets support from Union sports minister

Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has come to the rescue of an ailing Guwahati footballer. The sports minister on Sunday instructed the officials of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Guwahati to do the needful after he came to know about the footballer.

Sumit Rabha, 26, who has represented the state and also several prominent clubs in Guwahati have been suffering from kidney failures.

“Sumit is suffering from kidney failures and urgently requires kidney transplant. His family’s financial condition isn’t sound enough to afford the expensive medical expenditures. So, we had repeatedly tweeted urging for the sports ministers for help,” said Kaustav Chakraborty, director of Guwahati City FC.

Following this, the Union sports minister, who himself has been an Olympic medal winner, immediately reacted. “Thank you for letting me know! Will immediately have SAI officers visit the young footballer and extend all possible support from the ministry of sports,” Singh said via twitter.

The Guwahati-based club thanked the Union sports minister for the immediate response.

Guwahati SAI director Subhash Basumatary said that he will personally visit the player on Monday. “I’ve already sent my officials to collect the documents and do the initial paper works. Tomorrow I will visit his house and will do the needful. I hope he will get the sufficient support,” Basumatary told The News Mill on Sunday evening.

Last year, SAI supported the treatment of national games medalist archer from Assam Gohela Boro. Boro was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi.

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