Placeholder canvas
Igniting Ideas For impact

Embarking on a transformative journey through six chapters, we traverse India's landscape, exploring pioneering startups and their revolutionary...

4 months

Tennis for Toilets: How 4 Diplomats Raised 25 Lakhs to Build Toilets in India

Tennis for Toilets: How 4 Diplomats Raised 25 Lakhs to Build Toilets in India

Upset over the lack of public toilets in India, the Bosnia ambassador, along with ambassadors of Chile, Guatemala and Serbia, organised a tennis match for foreign officials posted in India. The event raised over Rs 25 lakhs, which will be used to build toilets.

Four diplomats – from Serbia, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Chile – organised a tennis match on April 16 and 17 to raise money to build toilets in India. The money was raised through entrance fees, sponsorship and donations.

The idea was the brainchild of Bosnian Ambassador Sabit Subasic, who was appalled by the lack of toilets in Delhi. When he saw people defecating in the open because of inadequate facilities, carrying water bottles to wash themselves, he knew something had to be done to fix the situation.

Subasic then approached his tennis buddies, Vladimir Miric (ambassador of Serbia), Andres Barbe Gonzalez (ambassador of Chile) and Georges de La Roches (ambassador of Guatemala), with a plan.


Source: Facebook

They decided to organise a tennis match for the large number of foreign diplomats in India, envoys and Indian businessmen. They tied up with the All India Tennis Association to facilitate the matches, while they coordinated with Sulabh for the fund raising. Sulabh is a Delhi-based NGO that takes up sanitation issues and spreads awareness about the need for toilets.

Even before the match day, they had managed to raise Rs 13.3 lakhs through sponsorship and donations, more than their expectations.

On April 16, the day of the match at the R. K. Khanna Stadium in Delhi, the total funds raised tallied to over Rs 25 lakhs.


Source: Facebook

Around 48 players were randomly allotted to play as 24 doubles.


Source: Facebook

The tremendous support encouraged the four diplomats to consider making this an annual event. “Our hope is to bring attention to how people like us, diplomats, can do their bit on such a pressing problem,” Subasic said to The Telegraph. “We’re starting with tennis because that’s a sport we play, but we’re not ruling out similar events in football and cricket too.”


Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us:, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

We bring stories straight from the heart of India, to inspire millions and create a wave of impact. Our positive movement is growing bigger everyday, and we would love for you to join it.

Please contribute whatever you can, every little penny helps our team in bringing you more stories that support dreams and spread hope.

Support the biggest positivity movement section image Support the biggest positivity movement section image

This story made me

  • feel inspired icon
  • more aware icon
  • better informative icon
  • do something icon

Tell Us More

Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive stories daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement