Quietly going about his business in the men’s 800 meters race, Manjit ended India’s 36-year wait for an Asian Games gold medal in the event. Standing atop the podium with the national anthem running in the background, Manjit was the perfect embodiment of a winner who had overcome almost everything life threw at him to rightfully secure his piece of glory.
The journey for Manjit Singh was never easy. He is been running. Running for a job for the last 2 years. His contract with ONGC was not signed after 2015. He has no permanent job. He has applied for a job with the State Government several times but to no avail. When he was not undergoing strenuous training at Ooty and Bhutan, he would return home once a year to help his father on the farm and takes care of cattle in their native village, Ujhana, in the Jing district of Haryana.
Surrendering himself to his coach Kumar, Manjit forgot life as it was. He left his family in Jing and found a new home in his training camp. Such was his commitment to the sport and will to turn things around that Manjit visited his home in Jind only once a year. His busy schedule also meant that Manjit would have to stay away from his five-month-old son Abir who is yet to see the face of his father.
Neither he nor his coach went to their homes for nearly a year. He is been involved in training for the Asian games, such has been his schedule that he couldn’t meet his five-month-old son, Abhir. But his spectacular win now ends the long wait for the father-son duo who hasn’t met since Abhir was born.
All the best Manjit Singh for your future achievements.
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