Berhampur (Odisha): Ravi Kumar is no stranger in our country. This 24-year-old weightlifter had won the coveted Gold Medal at Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. An Arjuna awardee, he is an inspiration to many young individuals. But life was not a bed of roses for Ravi. He lost his father when he was 8 years old. In the hope of securing a stable life for her son, Ravi's mother sent him to Beer Hanuman Club. It was here Ravi realised his true potential and a star weightlifter was born.
Suryakanta, Ravi's mother, says, "After he passed class tenth, if I would not have sent him to Beer Hanuman club, then he would have definitely become a spoilt boy. In the club his talent got proper guidance and motivation to excel."
Like Ravi, 21-year-old Susant Sahu also found his calling at the Beer Hanuman Club. A bronze medal winner at the Junior Common Wealth game, Sushant came from an underprivileged background and for him, weightlifting, initially, was the means to a better, secured life.
"My family is so poor that I do not have money to buy supplement food necessary for weight lifting. But I am sure one day weightlifting would change the future of me and my family," says Susant Sahu....more
10:01 AM, Jul 30, 2012