A sad turn of events took place in the country where a former state level boxer was forced to work as a garbage collector and a part-time rickshaw puller to sustain himself and his family.
Kamal Kumar Valmiki who claims to have won three state-level Gold medals said that he wanted a coaching job at any state level academy but due to insufficient funding, he had to take up these jobs. He insisted that if he is able to get any help from the government, then he would want at least 2 of his 4 children to take up boxing as a sport and make their nation proud.
“I won three district-level gold medals besides a bronze in Uttar Pradesh State Boxing Championships. But I could not make it big as I used to struggle when it came to controlling my anger", Kamal said, as Economic Times reported it.
He put the blame on the Uttar Pradesh state government for not giving the adequate amount of financial support to the sportspersons. He also requested the government to give him a loan so that he could take care of his family and help the youngsters to realize their dream of representing their country.
He added, “I wanted to become a coach but could not as I was financially constrained. So I decided to take up these jobs to support me and my family. I hope the government could provide me a small loan with which I would do something of my own and support my family.”
He is not the only one! There are others who are suffering too
It was earlier reported about Krishna Routh who like Kamal Kumar was once a national-level boxer but now is living a life as a sweeper. Routh works temporarily with the municipal corporation earns Rs 232 per day to support his family, comprising of five members, IBNLive reports.
It has been seen on many occasions that no matter which political party runs the state, all have the same attitude towards the sportspersons of the country. We do hope that these sportspersons are acknowledged and appreciated by the government as these players still carry the same amount of passion for their sport.Published 03 Sep 2015, 20:01 IST