In Top Effort by India in Commonwealth Games Haryana a Sports Repertoire

  |    May 14th, 2018   |   0

In Top Effort by India in Commonwealth Games Haryana a Sports Repertoire

                                                                                                                                    Dr. Suresh Kumar lau

The very idea of a medal count might seem contrary the spirit of the Commonwealth Games: Friendly Games, which are suppose to bring the Commonwealth of nations together for a couple of weeks and suspend the nationalism that keeps us apart.

Yet keeping score is the utmost importance of sport.And measured by the haul of gold, silver and bronze. Recently concluded Commonwealth Games, the athletes from small state Haryana accounted for 22 medals (9 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze).The Haryana accounted for every third medal won by India, as the country finished third (66 medal) behind hosts Australia and England in the Commonwealth events.The earlier highs were in New Delhi, 2010 (101 medals -second position) and Manchester 2002 (69 medals- 4th position).In the nine edition of the games till 1982, India had paltry tally of 72 medals.In the 8th edition after 1990 the medal count swelled by a whopping 430.

Haryana made the entire world take notice of Haryana talent when state clinched the 22 medals (9 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals) at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia.

Money is not everything but money is something very important beyond the basic human needs, money helps us achieve our life’s goals and supports the things we care about most deeply- Family, Education, Healthcare, Charity, Adventure Sports and Fun. Money can give us the power to make a difference in the lives of others. Money can help us to find more happiness.

An intensive to work harder in sports.The Haryana government offer maximum cash incentive prizes for Global medals to its athletes- an Olympic gold medallist from Sporting state gets 6 crore.While Government of India gives 75 lacs Rupees for an Olympic gold. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist get 1.5 crore Rupees in Haryana and 75 lakh Rupees and 50 lakhs Rupees for silver and bronze medallist respectively.

The good money and lucrative job and job security are drawing younger healthy person towards sports and it is major reason behind thumping Haryana success. On November 1, 1966 Haryana carved out of Punjab. 75% people are occupied in agriculture.Like most of the top athletes of his time, Bhim Singh was a product of Army born on 12th April 1945 in Dhanana village of Bhiwani District in Haryana. Bhim Singh became the first Asian Games Gold medallist from Haryana. At the 5th Asian games in Bangkok and set a new record with clearance of 2.05 m. Hawa Singh (heavyweight) boxer won two gold at the 1966 and 1970 Asian games both in Bangkok, Thailand.This is the most individual gold won by an Indian boxer at the Asian games.Those two gold medals have made a legend in Indian boxing. Hawa Singh became a coach later and shaped Haryana boxer especially Bhiwani (the main town of Haryana) out of 21 districts, Bhiwani has maximum area (4778 square kilometre). Hawa Singh actively associated with sport at National level, when suddenly died on 14th August 2000.The end came just 15 days before he was to receive the Dronacharya Award from the President of India.The award was received by his wife Anguri Devi.

Indian wrestling means Haryana state.In Gold Coast, 9 wrestlers in the 12 member Indian squad were from Haryana and each one won medal (3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals).In boxing, six boxer in the eight member team were from Haryana they won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian women wrestler from Haryana win two consecutive Commonwealth Games crown in Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. Babita Kumari from Haryana who bagged one gold (Glasgow 2018) and two silver medals (2010-2018) underline her longevity.

Sporting Phogat Family

The Phogat family name of Haryana is the first notable achievement and only one with triplets Arjuna Award – winners in one sportswomen family. The sisters Geeta, Babita and Vinesh all have been bestowed with the illustrious Arjuna Award in 2012, 2014 and 2016 respectively. The sporting Phogat family is also the only Balali village in Bhiwani (Haryana) to have provided three Olympians in a single wrestling Olympic discipline.

Teenagers of Haryana, Anish Bhanwala and Manu Bhaker (both ace shooter) and Deepak Lather, Weightlifter made it to the podium. 15 year old Anish Bhanwala became the youngest Indian ever to win gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Deepak Lather from Haryana became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth gold medal.

From Om Prakash Chautala to Bhupinder Singh Hooda to present Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in fact every chief Minister has given top priority to sports.