Buli Basumatary, a Bodo tribal woman from Chirang district of Assam, has faced extreme ups and downs in her life despite being a national level athlete.
Poverty and poor health had forced Buli, who is an SAI-trained national archer, to sell oranges for four years.
Her circumstances did not allow her to live her passion despite of being picked up by talent hunters from her school at Samtheibari in 2003 when she was in class VII.
With SAI training Buli became a national-level champion and bagged two gold medals and one silver medal.
But fate had something else for Buli when she fell sick in 2010 and had to return to her village in Assam. The financial conditions back home did not allow her to get back to her sport.
Buli soon got married and became a mother of two daughters. She went back to selling oranges to earn a living as the daily wage earned by her husband was not enough.
According to TOI, she laments that she was too poor to afford the equipment. “A bow would cost about Rs.2.5 lakh,” she said.
But Buli did not give up on her passion. “I did not participate anywhere but I kept my practice going at Samtheibari higher secondary school field with whatever hand-made gears I could manage,” she said.
It was only last week when Assam minister of sports, Naba Kumar Doley invited Buli to his office at Dispur and offered her the job of the state coach.
Doley said, “I have given her the word and her appointment letter will be with her next week.”
An elated Buli is happy to be back to what she loves the most and wants her two daughters, Foustina and Hanna, to take up this sport.