With no out of doors coaching and competitions allowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam helps his mother and father in paddy cultivation in his native village in Manipur. The 19-year-previous midfielder, who has already graduated to the senior nationwide staff, joined his father in the transplantation of the paddy seedlings in the fields made muddy by Monsoon rains. The piece of land belongs to his household.
“I was helping my family in the paddy field – to do the farming. There’s no shame in going back to your roots and help your family on the paddy fields,” Amarjit mentioned. “My family has been farming for generations. But I myself have not paid much attention to farming since I was a kid. I was always too much into football,” he added.
For the teenager who largely remained outdoors the state to play matches, it was a possibility to reconnect to the roots.
“Normally, I don’t get to be dwelling for a very long time. Even when the season is over, we’ve got been occurring some publicity tour or the opposite with the junior nationwide groups. So once I do finally get to come back dwelling for just a few weeks, it’s usually not the season for cultivation.
“Now I’ve received the time to truly go on the market and reconnect with my roots. I really feel proud. I’ve learnt the totally different features of farming, and I can inform you it’s fairly a draining exercise,” he was quoted as saying in an AIFF launch.
He mentioned popping out of dwelling and performing some exercise in the open was “quite refreshing”.
“It’s always nice to have some sort of activity as a hobby — something that helps keep your mind off football for a couple of hours every day. I think farming has done that for me. I’m really enjoying this activity,” he mentioned.