Meghalaya bodybuilder misses out international event due to insufficient funds

By Shabana Islam Laskar

Shillong, November 25: The 1st Meghalaya Police Battalion constable who was about to represent India in International Body Building competition at Budapest in Hungary, could not participate as his visa was rejected by the concerned authorities.

There were twelve participants from Meghalaya who were all set to participate under different categories in Hungary but except two participants who already had the visa, ten participants failed to take part in the International competition.

When TIME8 contacted Prosonto Basumatary, the bodybuilder from Meghalaya Police, he said that he got very disappointed when his visa was rejected by the authorities. He said that he was preparing for the event for a long time.

When TIME8 inquired about the reason for rejection of visa, Basumatary said that the authorities stated that he does not have required bank balance and for that reason, he could not be provided with the visa.

Basumatary was the first person from Meghalaya Police who was going to represent the country internationally in the bodybuilding competition.

Basumatary said that for a visa to Hungary more than 2.5 lakh rupees was required in the personal bank account and as Basumatary was not having that much amount in his account he was not provided with one. Meghalaya constable said that with such meager salary of a Constable he cannot maintain a bank balance of 2.5 lakhs which is required for participating in an international event.

The district and the State authorities knew that Basumatary was going to participate in the international competition as the news was covered by all the leading newspapers and local news channels but no support was extended by any authority or organization to him.

He said that he will start saving money from now and will keep preparing himself to participate in international bodybuilding competition next year.