The Asian Games Gave Us Many Sporting Heroes & We Hope India Doesn’t Forget Them Now That It’s Over

We have an elaborate history of celebrating winners without playing any part in their victory. 

Let alone helping them, most of us don’t even know their names till they win a medal. What’s even more disappointing, is the fact that we forget these athletes, sooner than we make heroes out of them. 

Source: Hindustan Times/In picture is Dingko Singh  

 

As India comes back with its biggest medal haul (with 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals) at the Asian Games, let us make sure it doesn’t happen again. 

Let us make sure we don’t forget Swapna Barman who got India its first gold in heptathlon, with 12 toes and a bandaged jaw. 

Source: India Today    

 

Let not forget how her mother cried afterwards, as if her life depended on that one medal.

Let us not forget that Manjit Singh did not see the face of his new-born for five months, to train without a job, and win India a gold medal in 800 meters race.

Source: Indian Express    

 

Let us not forget that Usha Rani used to sit for hours stringing flowers with her mother, in a tiny shed house, before she became a part of the silver-winning kabaddi team. 

Source: Facebook/Bhaskar Rao IPS    

 

Let us not forget that 19-year-old Pincky Balhara fought the emotional trauma of losing three family members, including her father, to win a silver in kurash. 

Source: Free Press Journal    

 

May we not forget any of this. Instead, may we remember what kind of challenges people overcame in the process of making India proud. 

May we remember that a farmer’s son Saurabh Chaudhary practiced with bricks tied to his wrists, and went on to become the youngest Asian Games individual gold medallist from India.

Source: Times of India   

 

May we remember that Dutee Chand overcame constant rejection after failing gender tests, to win India its first silver in 100 meters race after PT Usha.

Source: India TV News   

 

May we remember that 15-year-old Vihan travelled 240 kilometers everyday for training, and won a silver in men’s double trap.

Source: Indian Express   

 

May we remember that Sajan Prakash became India’s first swimmer in 32 years to qualify for the 200m butterfly as his family was stuck in Kerala floods, that shook the entire country. 

Source: India.com  

 

At this point, I am struggling to find ways to emphasize the importance of providing support to our athletes, both emotional and financial. 

Source: India Today 

 

They are a crazy bunch who have their lives revolving around a podium finish for the country, and as the people of the country it is not only our responsibility, but a duty to acknowledge their efforts. 

Source: Rediff 

 

I will end this by saying that we are proud of every Indian who participated in the event; because while winning medals is great, it’s the participation which is the real victory. 

You don’t know how much you all matter to us. Thank you for doing what you do. 




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