Asian Games silver medalist boxer, Dinesh Kumar. Kumar, who once was a celebrated sportsperson, now sells ice-cream on the streets of Haryana’s Bhiwani these days. A video posted by news agency ANI shows the former sportsperson pushing a cart titled “Dinesh Kulfi”.
Mr. Kumar once won 17 gold, one silver and five bronze medals in various competitions across the country and abroad.
“Dinesh won many laurels for India at competitions across the world, and our father took loan after loan to send him to England and other countries. He is lakhs in debt now, and that’s why we are in this terrible state. There’s no help coming from the government, and nobody even wants to know how we are doing. Things would have been very different if this had happened to someone else,” said his elder brother.
“Right now, I have no hope that the government will provide me with monetary aid or employment. None of the political parties that have been in power since my accident have found me worth helping. I want to let the government know that I am wasting away here even though I am still a good sportsperson. I want to help my family pay off the debts they accumulated trying to further my career and then get back into the boxing ring,” said the former boxer.
The champion boxer has not lost touch with the sport. He coaches children and says that many of them have now represented the country at international arenas.
The former sportsperson’s coach, Vishnu Bhagwan, also urged the government to come to his aid. “Dinesh was very agile as a boxer. He won many medals in the junior category but is now forced to sell kulfis on the streets because of a tragic accident. But he can still have a future, provided they help him,”