Taekwondo player, Diana sells fruit salads to meet expenses

Last Modified Monday, 29 April 2019 (13:12 IST)
:-N. Satyajeet
Imphal: Ningombam Diana, a Taekwondo player, sells fruit salad  every morning at the busy Kangla road in the heart of the city to  continue her dream of achieving success in the sports arena. Diana finds  little time to speak to anybody as she is busy preparing fruit salad  from around 3.30 am to 8 am. 
Speaking to UNI, Diana said she is not  interested in assistance or philanthropic donations from anybody, but she wants  to show everyone that it is possible look after one's family, and  still fulfill their dreams.
The morning hours after 3.30 am is  normally packed with people, both young and and old, and it is the peak  hour for shopping in the Khwairamban Keithel, the main market of the  city. Life normally starts early in Manipur as it is the eastern most  corner of the country bordering Myanmar. 
Diana packs fresh fruits and  hands out to the customers with a smile.She said somebody posted  her photograph in the social media and it went viral. After that many people  had been coming to enquire about her story. 
After going home she spends the  afternoon practicing Taekwondo. Her family cannot support her sports  career as it is expensive and it is difficult for Diana to bear the huge expenses of international tournaments.  
Diana said she wants to show to all that one  can earn their livelihood by taking different ventures.

All  Manipur Taekwondo Association , Secretary, Jasobanta , when contacted, expressed  happiness over the way she was using her time and looking after her  family. 
She is not in the present team of Manipur Taekwondo players but  earlier she was one of the members, he said. 
The association will take care of the  expenses during international tournaments of the  selected players, he added.