Delhi boy, Harish Kumar, who represented India in the Sepak Takraw at the Asian Games 2018, won a Bronze medal and made Indians proud. However, nothing has changed for this talent, as he is now forced to resume his daily job, which is to sell tea at his father’s shop located at Delhi’s Manju-Ka-Tilla.
Yes, this is how our talent is struggling to earn money to run his family.
We are sure, not many of us in India knew about this sport ‘Sepak Takraw’ till he helped his team return back from Indonesia with a Bronze medal.
Son of an auto-rickshaw driver, Harish sells tea to make both ends meet before leaving for practice in the afternoon. While he was offered cash rewards from various state governments as well as they promised him a government job too, Harish Kumar still continues with his daily struggle, hoping for a good job to support his family.
Speaking to a leading daily, Harish recently explained that how he is facing difficulties each and every day.
He said, “I have many family members and there is a very meager source of income. I help my father at the tea shop to support my family. I dedicate four hours every day between 2 to 6 for my practice”. And for his future, he wants to get a good job to run his family, he added.
Furthermore, he also shared what made him come into ‘Sepak Takrow’ sports, and how he prepared himself for international competitions. Harish said that he started playing this sport from 2011. It was his coach Hemraj who introduced Harish to Sepak Takraw sport. Initially, they used to play with a tyre, because there was a monetary issue. Then coach Hemraj spotted him as a talent and introduced him to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Thereafter, he started receiving monthly funds and kits.
“I practice every day and will keep on doing it to bring more laurels for my country”, said the Asian Games Bronze winner Harish.
Harish’s mother India Devi also expressed, under which she supported her son to pursue the game. She has brought up her kids with a lot of struggle. Harish’s father is an auto-rickshaw driver and they have a small tea shop, where son Harish also works to assist his father. But she is very thankful towards the government that they at least provide food and basic accommodation for their son Harish.
The proud mother also mentioned about his son’s coach Hemaraj who has supported his kid to achieve this accomplishment, said Harish’s mother.
While, Harish’s brother Dhawan requested for a government for his brother to change the scenario of their struggling. Dhawan also expressed his gratitude for the government’s support.
Speaking to the press, Harish’s brother Dhawan walked down to the memory lane. He said that there was a time when they didn’t have money to pay our rent. His coach Hemraj took him under his training and admitted him to the stadium. Later, Sports Authority of India supported us by giving monthly finances and sports kits for my brother.
“Now I urge the government to give my brother a government job so that he can support our family” said Dhawan.