Navjot Kaur from village Bagaria outside of Taran Taran has made the entire nation proud by defeating a Japanese wrestler to win the Asian Athletics Championship gold medal.
However, the story of Navjot’s family is extremely debt ridden, the father Sukhchain Singh, a farmer in the village took loans of over 13 lakhs to support his daughter’s wrestling.
The family felt joy after Navjot beat her opponent 9-1 to take home the gold medal and all the debt accumulated seemed worthwile.
The father told Times of India:
“Our happiness knows no bounds. She has made the nation proud. Now, I want her to bring home an Olympic medal,” said Sukhchain.
The lack of government support to athletes has made them bare tremendous loans despite doing well in world events.
The family expressed disappointment of International athletic athletes getting treated with less financial aid or jobs compared with cricket players.
Harmanpreet Kaur was appointed as a DSP for Punjab Police while Navjot Kaur is given a minor job in the Indian Railways.
A family friend of Navjot Kaur Navjeet told the media that a woman wrestler needs a minimum of 1 lakh every month to support herself in wrestling and that Navjot had to manage with just half that.
Wrestler Navjot Kaur wrote her own history in the wrestling circle when she won gold in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships at Bishkek, Kyrgyszstan this past Friday.
Another Indian won the bronze medal in the 62kg category with a 10-7 score against the Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazhakstan.
After winning Navjot tweeted:
A long awaited dream of mine turned up today in reality !!
Winning Gold for my country, makes me feel proud!!
Jai Hind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/9L2VJz4kXq
— Navjot Kaur (@NavjotWrestler) March 2, 2018
The tally for the Indian team now stands at 1 gold, 1 silver, and four bronze medals.
Navjot went up against Japan’s Miya Imai in a 9-1 score to win the women’s 65 kilogram category.