What’s best than playing for the country .India is growing in the field of games and sports .Many legends are born here who have brought laurels to India . Many biopics have also been made by different actors likewise
Mary Kom, Bhaag Milka Bhaag and Chak De India showing the tough life of these sportsperson .
But what if the player has to sell his medals for his livelihood ?Yes, you heard it right.Such is a case of Sarwan Singh.
Once a runner who won the gold medal in the 1954 Asian Games for completing the 110m hurdles race in just 14.7 seconds, Singh was a top-level athlete of our country. Focused on the hurdles that stood between him and the gold medal at the finish line, Singh flew past them in an instant during what as his very first international event.
Forgotten by his country, forgotten by his government, the former Asiad champion didn’t get the kind of recognition and wealth that sports person from today get. He wasn’t awarded land, or crores of rupees or got a statue built in his name.
After retiring from the Army, Singh had to drive a cab for 20 years, sell his medal and even resort to begging to earn a living, if it can even be called that.
At 70 years of age, the government decided to show mercy on him, by allowing him a monthly pension worth Rs. 1,500.
Likewise other sprinters, story of Sarwan Singh has to reach to maximum population as this deep story of pain should be matched with the glorious one , hidden behind names like Milkha Singh, PT Usha and Hima Das.