If it were not for the exemplary financial support of his hard-pressed family, Inderjeet Singh might not have won India a shot put bronze at Incheon.
Inderjeet’s father Gurdayal, an employee with NCL Coal India, who dreamed of making him an international shot put player, had died seven years ago, dealing a blow to the youngster's dreams.
"After my father passed away I got job in his place. But my salary was not enough to bear the cost of Inderjeet’s diet and coaching. We therefore sold our two shops, mortgaged our lands and spent my father’s entire funds so that he can continue the training," said Jasvinder, the medal winner’s brother. And when Inderjeet’s demands couldn’t be met with these measures, Jasvinder said he took a personal loan of Rs 4.5 lakh.
Inderjeet’s mother Jasvinder Kaur, who had remained steadfast in pursuing her husband’s dream and invested a lot in her son’s success, hopes “the chief minister would definitely come forward to reward his son".
Born and brought up in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, 26-year-old Inderjeet did his schooling from Delhi Public School in Nigahi. He did his early shot put training in Singrauli and later went to Allahabad, Delhi and Haryana for the same.
Inderjeet is the first Indian to win a medal at World University Games.