At 33, Jasvir Singh still has the passion for lifting weights, but he now lifts them for Canada and not his homeland, India. So, does he miss representing India in the sport he has been playing for 17 years? "I love the sport and that is why I still play it. As far as representing India is concerned, I had no option but to leave it in 2002 as I have a family to support and had no work in India," said Jasvir.
Jasvir belongs to Karnana village in Punjab and still has his mother and wife living there. But he shifted to Canada and now works at an air-conditioner repair workshop. "I left India for work and by God’s grace, I earn enough to support my family," said Jasvir.
So does weightlifting take the backseat when work comes, calling?
“Yes it does but then I make sure I practice enough to keep myself fit and competition ready,” added Jasvir.
Jasvir thinks Indian weightlifters are better supported compared to the past. “The facilities have improved a lot in India. Here, the federation takes care of everything when compared to what we get in Canada where we have to earn and fund ourselves for the pre-event competitions,” said Jasvir, who represented India in the Asian Championships and the World Championships where he finished sixth.
So what does he think of his Indian counterparts in the Commonwealth Games.
“Some of the players here are really good,” he concludes.