I dont normally do these sporting type posts, the closest I’ve come to any action on field being vicariously through the long deceased father being cricketer and kabaddi player, and the husband being national level swimmer. My athletic abilities are the stuff of legend, with people placing bets that should I race with a snail, the snail would do two victory laps while I still huff and puff round the first lap.
Nonetheless, our boys and girls deserve this.
Vijender Kumar, all of 22, and the kind of face that Bollywood would do well to beat a path down to, and the son of a driver with Haryana Roadways. A boxing bronze.
Akhil Kumar, 27, son of a police constable, in the quarter finals at the Beijing Olympics for Boxing.
Avneet Sandhu, 27, in the shooting squad at the current Olympics. Daughter of a farmer.
Mangal Singh Champia, 24, the son of a farmer from Jharkand, reached the pre quarters in archery.
Sushil Kumar, 24, son of a driver in MTNL, Haryana. A bronze in wrestling at Beijing.
Yogeshwar Dutt, 25, the son of a farmer, reached the quarterfinals at Beijing.
If this is not inspirational, what is?
I salute them all, for their courage, their spirit and their determination to overcome the odds that life has placed in their path and perservere in their chosen field.
Edited: Corrected on Avneet Sandhu. Thanks all.