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The Ultimate Support: How Shaili Singh’s Mother Fuelled Her Triumph

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Shaili Singh, the 19-year-old prodigious female Indian long jumper does not need much introduction. She had already hogged the limelight by winning the silver medal in the World Under-20 Athletics Championship last year. This year, in her maiden international meet at the senior level, Shaili once again drew the attention of the athletics fraternity after acquiring a bronze medal in the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Japan.

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The Hardship of Shaili Singh

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Shaili’s mother Vinita Singh was also passionate about the game. She had a desire to become a successful athlete. The desire could not be fulfilled. Even before crossing adolescence, Vinita had to abide by male-dominant society’s unofficial dictum, accepting the marriage. But fortune was not with her as she turned out to be a single mother, bringing up her two daughters and a son. Her courage, patience, and determination facilitated her to offer a tremendous fighting spirit against all odds. She managed to raise her children with the assistance of a small-scale tailoring venture.

Shaili spoke from Bangalore,

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It was also a time when we hardly had three times meals. But my mother always encouraged me to join sports. Following her encouragement, I started participating in running competitions in school but barefooted. I used to see my mother weeping for several days when I returned with blisters on my legs. Today my mother’s hardship and encouragement have been my inspiration.”

Shaili Singh’s Happy Moments

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The long jumper is proud to have won medals for India. She divulged that she also attained her long-awaited wish silently along with the medals. Shaili said,

“I have stopped my mother from continuing her tailoring business, asking her to take a rest recently. She doesn’t needs to do the hardship anymore.”

Gratitude to the Teachers

Shaili expressed huge gratitude to her teachers, the legendary former female long jumper Anju Bobby George and her husband as well as coach Robert Bobby George who spotted Shaili in 2017 and nurtured her at their Anju Bobby George Sports Foundation center. Shaili stated,

“I am fortunate that I was spotted by two legends, Anju Bobby George madam, and Robert Bobby George sir. They are not only my teachers. All of us who are here at the Anju Bobby George Foundation training center are indebted to them.”

The Ultimate Desire

Shaili dreams of an Olympics medal and Neeraj Chopra‘s gold in the Tokyo Olympics has given her the boost. Shaili uttered,

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“If Neeraj Chopra can win the gold medal in the Olympics why not me?”

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