As the country gears up to celebrate Independence Day today, we caught up with some of the Commonwealth Games winners who made us proud at the recently concluded event in Glasgow. They tell us that they wish to celebrate the occasion by training for the upcoming Asian Games and focussing on how they can get more medals for the country in future. Three of the many sport stars share what they felt when they were on that prized podium for India.
‘It feels like you have won the world’
When we represent our country on an international platform, we carry with us the hope of billions. The unconditional support that we get motivates us and encourages us to do something for everyone back home. When you are on the podium to receive the medal and the National Anthem is played ... aisa lagta hai aapne pura world jeet liya ho (feels like you have won the whole world). Jai Hind!
‘Missed out on the National anthem’
Devendro Singh Laishram, Boxer
I am very happy that I won a medal in my first CWG. I had gone with a mission to win a gold medal but lost in the final bout. Had I won a gold medal, the National Anthem would have been played. I’m disheartened that I missed out, but I will give my best in the coming events. When I reached Glasgow, Scotland, I saw our country’s flag and it felt so good to see it in a foreign country. I even clicked a picture with it and sent it back home.
Kids come and say, ‘didi aapke jaisa banna hai’
When you go back to your hometown, you see kids turning up for practice before you, and when you ask them what they’re doing there, they say, ‘Didi aapke jaisa banna hai’. Achha lagta hai jab aisa hota hai. I was nervous before my bout, but after seeing Sushil Kumar and Amit Kumar win a gold each, I thought to myself, ‘I should get a gold too’. It was the only thing on my mind.