Asian Games 2018 bronze-medallist Harish Kumar returns to selling tea for a living, yearns for better job


New Delhi: Harish Kumar, member of Indian Sepaktakraw group that gained bronze medal on the Asian Game 2018, sells tea at his father’s store to assist his household.

Talking to ANI at his small tea store, Harish Kumar stated, “I’ve many members of the family and there’s a very meagre supply of earnings. I assist my father on the tea store to assist my household. I dedicate 4 hours day-after-day between 2 to six for my observe. For my future, I wish to get a superb job to assist my household”.

Harish Kumar helps his father at his tea store. Picture courtesy: Twitter @ANI

Speaking about his struggles and preliminary affiliation with the Sepaktakraw recreation, he stated, “I began taking part in this sport from 2011. My coach Hemraj introduced me into this sport. We additionally used to play with a tyre when my coach Hemraj noticed me and launched me to the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI). Thereafter I began receiving month-to-month funds and kits. I observe day-after-day and can carry on doing it to deliver extra laurels for my nation”.

Harish’s mom, Indira Devi additionally talked about adversities beneath which she supported her son to pursue the sport.

She stated, “I’ve introduced up my youngsters with plenty of wrestle. His father is an auto-driver and we have now a small tea store. My son additionally works at tea store to help his father. I’m very grateful to the federal government for offering meals and lodging to my son. I’m very grateful to his coach Hemraj who has supported my child to attain this accomplishment.”

Harish’s brother, Dhawan additionally expressed his gratitude for the federal government assist and requested for a authorities job for his brother.

He stated, “There have been occasions once we didn’t have cash to pay our lease. His coach Hemraj took him beneath his coaching and admitted him to the stadium. Later Sports activities Authority of India supported us by giving month-to-month funds and sports activities kits. I additionally urge the federal government to offer my brother a authorities job in order that he can assist our household.”

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