From taking out loans from friends and family to selling his car once to support his daughter Nitu Ghanghas’ boxing ambitions, Jai Bhagwan has spared no effort to fulfill his dreams and those of his daughter are alive.
The resident of Dhanana village, who works as a bill courier in Haryana Vidhan Sabha and is currently facing a departmental inquiry into his continued absence from work, was all ecstatic on Sunday afternoon as his daughter Nitu became the Games champion of the Commonwealth with a 5-0 unanimous decision. verdict on England’s Demie Jade Resztan in the women’s 48kg boxing final in Birmingham.
“Nitu toh desh ki shaan ban gayi. Yeh gold medal toh asli sona hai hamare liye (Nitu has become the pride of the whole nation. This gold medal is more than gold for us). In 2016 I had sold our car to support his training for the junior world championship and took out loans from friends and a bank to support his training as I am not receiving a salary due to my absence from work. But seeing her become Commonwealth Games champion means more to me than anything. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nitu. What more could a father ask for? said an emotional Jai Bhagwan speaking to The Indian Express.
The young Haryana along with his friend Sakshi Chaudhary used to go to Bhiwani Boxing Club to train under Jagdish Singh, a trainer who coached the likes of 2008 Olympics bronze medalist Vijender Singh .
When she became a national junior bronze medalist in 2016, Bhagwan stepped down to support Nitu’s training for the 2017 World Junior Championships and took out a loan from the village bank to keep things going.
When Nitu won back-to-back Junior World Championship titles in 2017 and 2018 in Guwahati and Budapest respectively, the family had to wait two long, agonizing years to secure the much-needed cash rewards from the Haryana government, thanks to the change in policy. athletic.
“My husband only thought about Nitu and his boxing dreams. Sometimes I also wondered what he would get out of it. But he used to say that he wanted to see Nitu win a medal for the India. I learned much later that he was not receiving his salary as he was absent from his duties in Chandigarh. Even now we are surviving without his salary. It is thanks to the scholarship of Nitu that we paid for our second daughter’s medical school expenses in Shimla. Also, the expenses of our youngest son’s shooting equipment to participate in the competitions were paid with Nitu’s money,” explains mother Mukesh.
“Mere Father ne mujhe itna support kia mujhe yahan tak lane main toh medal main unko aur pure desh ko dedicate karna chahiti hun (My father has always supported me, helped me to reach here come what may. I dedicate this medal as well as the whole country),” Nitu said while speaking to The Indian Express from Birmingham.
At the Bhiwani Boxing Club too, the atmosphere was euphoric. Coach Jagdish Singh was on cloud nine and was seen handing out sweets to the trainees in excitement.
With over 50 girls and 100 boys training at the academy, Jagdish Singh is proud of Nitu’s achievement and has now set his sights on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“She had won the world junior title twice, but this gold medal at the Commonwealth Games will give her career a major boost. Winning at the senior level will motivate her to do more in the years to come. His CWG medal will be shown to trainees and his medal moment will be displayed along with photos of other international boxers from our academy,” said Jagdish Singh.
Mother Mukesh has already planned a menu for her daughter’s welcome party.
“Nitu’s father always makes sure she has fresh ‘desi ghee ka churma’ whenever she is at national camp. He will travel to the camp and give it to her. This time too, when she comes back from Birmingham, I’m sure she’ll ask for her favorite ‘churma’. We plan to celebrate his comeback with this,” Mukesh said.
Nitu is a former student of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26 in Chandigarh. She took classes when she was not in the national camp. The principal of the college, Dr. Jatinder Kaur, and the sports teacher, Dr. Amolak Singh Bhullar, congratulated her on her tremendous achievement.