Kamalpreet Kaur says was initially reluctant to pursue athletics profession | Extra sports activities Information

CHANDIGARH: Tokyo Olympics-bound discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur on Friday mentioned she was earlier reluctant to pursue a profession in athletics, contemplating the poor monetary situation of her household and her mom’s preliminary opposition however took it up as her farmer father supported her.
Kaur, who hails from Kabarwala village on the Malout-Abohar nationwide freeway in Punjab, booked her Tokyo Olympics berth with a sensational nationwide report throw of 65.06m through the Federation Cup Senior Nationwide Championships in Patiala earlier this month.
The 25-year-old eclipsed the nine-year-old earlier nationwide report of 64.76m which was within the title of Olympian and 2010 Commonwealth Video games gold medallist Krishna Poonia.
“Initially, my mom was not prepared that I ought to exit and pursue a sports activities profession. I used to be additionally given an instance of one other lady who couldn’t make a mark,” she informed PTI.
“However my father (Kuldeep Singh) supported me and once I received medals at nationwide stage, they felt hopeful. Now, once I certified for the Olympics, it has given them great happiness,” she mentioned.
Requested if she was hopeful of qualifying for the Olympics, Kaur mentioned, “I had set my intention to qualify for Olympics. I used to be praying that I might hit 65m and I made it.
“I’ve three months time now. I’ll put my finest efforts and work laborious in these months and that’s the finest option to brighten my possibilities (within the Olympics).”
Coming from a humble background, Kaur recalled how her sports activities instructor pushed her to grasp her potential.
“It was throughout faculty days when my sports activities instructor informed me that zone and district stage meets have been happening, this was in 2011-12,” mentioned Kaur.
“He informed me to provide it a try to I got here first within the district. Regardless of my reluctance to pursue additional, he was persistent saying that I’ve good peak and will do nicely.”
She recalled that she didn’t need to put further monetary strain on her father who taken care of a joint household and so continued to put on strange footwear and compromised on pricey meals dietary supplements.
“As we dwell in a joint household, additionally they should deal with different members. I knew my father couldn’t afford to spend some huge cash on me. I used to inform him that I’ll play in strange footwear. However now he’s very blissful at my achievement,” she mentioned.
Kaur additionally mentioned that mindset in direction of ladies has modified within the society, however but loads must be completed so that each lady is ready to pursue and realise her goals.
“Women must be given freedom to pursue their goals and realise their potential. There is no such thing as a dearth of expertise in our nation. Women, particularly from rural areas, have considerable expertise, they need to be motivated to do nicely,” she mentioned.
On Thursday, Kaur was honoured by the SGPC, the apex spiritual physique of the Sikhs. She was offered a cheque for Rs 2 lakh and a ‘siropa’ (gown of honour) by SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur in Amritsar.
Former Punjab Cricket Affiliation‘s Chief Government Officer, Brigadier GS Sandhu (retd), who additionally hails from Kabarwala village, mentioned Kaur was a proficient sportsperson who will make India proud on the Olympics.
He additionally mentioned that she can even put Kabarwala village on the worldwide map.
“Kabarwala is a small village and many individuals who settled there had migrated from Pakistan after India’s partition,” mentioned Brig Sandhu, former Vice-President of Indian Hockey Federation and ex Chairman Military Sports activities Management Board.
“It additionally produced a number of sportspersons together with Gurbachan Singh who represented India in athletics in 1956 Indo-Pak meet in Lahore,” he mentioned.

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