New Delhi: Children battling poverty and disability bringing medals home is an example of triumph over adversity. The Indian contingent at the Special Winter Olympics in South Korea made the country proud as it won 46 medals.
They left India in obscurity, but on their return, at least for a day, the athletes were celebrated, proudly showing off their medals after a record haul in South Korea.
Achieving this feat has not been easy. Several of these children have severe financial constraints, but they have not let that stand in their way.
Rajkumar's father owns a hand cart and earns just Rs 4,500. His entire income is barely enough for ten sessions of figure skating training. But Rajkumar has always been taught to dream big. Despite his hyperactivity disorder, the 18-year-old never took a backward step and his reward was a gold and silver at the games.
Just like Rajkumar, Suman and Alpana, too, come from humble backgrounds. Their parents sometimes don't have enough money to put food on the table. But they always supported the aspirations of their children who can now proudly call themselves Olympic champions.
Each of these kids is an inspiration, each of them is a hero. The all important question now is if their feats will encourage more Indians to come forward and support their ambitions.