India’s Kurash contingent, which did not have money to even pay for its kits, has beaten all odds to land medals at the Asian Games through teenager Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav. Jadhav hails from Belgaum, Karnataka made history by winning the bronze in the 52kg category. The sport is making its debut at the Asian Games. Yallappa went down 0-10 in the semi-final to settle for the bronze.
It is a remarkable effort from the girl in a sport that is almost unheard of in India. Questions were raised about the team’s participation at the Games and the Indian Olympic Association had said the athletes would have to pay for their kits as they come from a non-recognized Kurash Association of India (KAI).
Most of the 14 members in the kurash squad come from a judo background as the two sports are very similar. Jadhav has won judo medals in international competitions and an instant medal prospects at the Games. As most of the team members could not afford the kit worth Rs 35,000, they arranged money to buy at least the jersey and tracksuit.
Jadhav is one of the four daughters of a farmer based in Belgaum. She too had to fund herself to reach here.
Congratulations to Malaprbha Yallappa Jadhav. India, as a nation rejoices in her remarkable achievement.
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