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From Silver Medal in Asian Games to Kulfi on Streets: This is how Our Nation has Failed A Budding Athlete

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A dismal story of how 30-year-old Dinesh Kumar, an Asian Games silver medalist, is selling ice-cream on the streets of Haryana’s Bhiwani, thanks to his nipping dreams at the bud.

Once the ace boxer of India, Dinesh Kumar, is now running a stall in Bhiwani by the name of “Dinesh Kulfi”. Little do the passers-by know that Mr Kumar, from whom they are buying those tempting Kulfis, could’ve been India’s next boxing star.

Kumar has proved his mettle and illuminated the country’s name at the international level in boxing. Today Mr Kumar seems nothing like the athlete who once won 17 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze medals across India and in abroad as well.

The Tragedy Game

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“Dinesh has won many laurels for India at competitions across the world, and our father took loan after loan to send him to England and other countries. He is lakhs in debt now, and that’s why we are in this terrible state”, states Kumar’s elder brother. Expressing disappointment from the government’s end, he said “There’s no help coming from the government and nobody even wants to know how we are doing. Things would have been very different if this had happened to someone else.”

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As reported upon his interview with ANI, Dinesh Kumar has mentioned that he forcibly had to take up the workup of selling Kulfi on streets since there was not any kind of government help offered to him. He aspires to train budding boxers for international competitions.

Mr Kumar also mentioned that as a passionate athlete he can never stay out of touch with boxing. “Many of the children I mentored have reached the international arena and I do not charge any fee from his kids,” explains Mr Kumar.

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According to the inputs from ANI, the former athlete’s coach, Vishnu Bhagwan, has requested the government to come forward and help him. “Dinesh was very agile as a boxer. He won many medals in the junior category but is now forced to sell kulfis on the streets because of a tragic accident. But he can still have a future, provided they help him,” he specified to ANI.

It is indeed sad to see that Kumar having represented his country on an international level and bringing laurels for India, we as a nation have failed to offer him the long-term recognition which he truly deserves.

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This copy has been updated to reflect the current changes.

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Bhawna Kothari
Lover of cultures, varied colors, and underdogs, Bhawna is a by-heart and professional playwright. Hailing from a journalism & communication background, she incorporates a careful study at both flips of the coin which is essentially required to be analytical in thoughts and words. Actively abreast of the current affairs around the globe, she likes knowing and bringing into light the unexplored. Problem solving via the power of content is what inspires her and hence KreedOn, a platform created for the betterment of sports ecosystem in India, is now her happy workplace!


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