Jaisha’s campaign is currently live on milaap.org and the athlete seeks to raise Rs 5 lakh in the next 24 hours. According to the campaign, all the contributions will go towards helping Jaisha purchase shoes and other essentials for her training. Currently, contributions totalling Rs 1,57,632 have come in at the time of writing.
The current women’s marathon National Record holder, Jaisha is one of the bright hopes for the Indian athletic contingent at this year’s Rio Olympics. She clocked a 2:34:43 to set a new National Record in women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August last year. Even though she finished 18th among 65 athletes, Jaisha improved her personal best of 2:37:29, which came at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2015.
India’s Sudha Singh will also be running at Rio, having finished in 19th position, behind Jaisha, clocking a personal best of 2:35:35. Current Indian record holder in the half marathon Lalita Babar will also be competing in Rio.
On the crowdfunding page, Jaisha’s struggle while breaking records and winning medals at Asian Games, Asian Athletic Championship and Commonwealth Games, makes a very sorry case for the state of Indian athletics. “Unable to bear the acute hunger, I had to eat mud and my mother silently watched the horror with tears rolling down her eyes,” she’s quoted as saying. You can contribute to her campaign here.