Rajyavardhan Rathore helps boxing icon Kaur Singh struggling to pay medical bills

There have been numerous case in India where athletes have been simply forgotten after their glory days just like Indian boxing great, 69-year-old Kaur Singh. Kaur Singh in his hay days fought against legendary Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match in New Delhi back in 1980, won gold in Asian Games in 1982, was a national champion and winner of six gold medals in international tournaments.


We are living in a world where athletes are being paid astronomical figures which most of them deserve and then there are those who are neglected just like an old prize possession which lost its value over time.

There have been numerous case in India where athletes have been simply forgotten after their glory days just like Indian boxing great, 69-year-old Kaur Singh. Kaur Singh in his hay days fought against legendary Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match in New Delhi back in 1980, won gold in Asian Games in 1982, was a national champion and winner of six gold medals in international tournaments.

He was awarded Arjuna Award in 1982 and the Padmashri in 1983, fast-forward to 2017, the iconic boxer is struggling to repay 2 lakh loan he had borrowed to fund his treatment for cardiac problems. He was a toast of the nation then but now sidelined by the government when he needed its support the most.

Kaur was discharged on Tuesday morning from a private hospital in Mohali where he was being treated. "My body does not function properly. Doctors say that this is due to the injuries that I had suffered during my fighting days. This is the reason I told my children not to take up sports as a career," a bitter Kaur said, adding he did not allow his son to make a career in the sports after he was subjected to shabby treatment by the government. "I went to the Badal government a couple of times, but they too did not pay heed to my request. I feel they do not intend to give the prize money," he said.

However, when all hope was lost, new sports minister and former Olympian came to the rescue, approving Rs 5 lakh aid from the National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons for Indian boxing icon.

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