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Super siblings in arms

other Updated: Oct 01, 2010 00:15 IST
Saurabh Duggal

As if two were not enough! Now it’s the turn of 21-year-old shot putter Patwant Kaur from Punjab to add to an unheard family legacy spelt out by a grandfather that daughters should make a name for them in sports.

Together with Harwant and Kuldev Singh, Patwant makes up a trio of athletes from the same family — a first of sorts — in the Commonwealth Games.

Hurdler and 29-year-old Kuldev went against grandfather Sardar Dalip Singh’s wishes that all sons of the family stick to tilling land while 30-year-old discus thrower Harwant Kaur is a two-time Olympics veteran.

Earlier after the inter-state athletics meet in Patiala in August, both Harwant and Kuldev won the gold medal in their respective disciplines and were named in the Commonwealth Games squad.

While Patwant, who won silver in the meet, initially missed the chance to be part of the team but later on the athletics federation decided to include some more players who came second in the trials.

“In the morning, I was told about my selection and it’s a great opportunity for me. I will surely give my best performance,” said Patwant, who along with other athletes camped at National Institute of Sports, Patiala, is coming to the Games Village on Friday.

Dalip Singh was always clear about one thing – the sons of the family would acquire land and the daughters would become well-established sportswomen so they could be financially independent.

Daughter Gurmeet Kaur, 42, was a former international medal-winning javelin thrower and got a job in Life Insurance Corporation under the sports quota.

Now, it’s the turn of Harwant and Patwant to further take the family legacy ahead.

“It’s thanks to our grandfather that we’re into sports. He always wanted the daughters of the family to be self-sufficient. He thought a career sports is the best way to earn a living and to keep fit,” said Harwant.

“Our family has always treated us like sons and we never faced discrimination,” said Harwant, who’s working in ONGC now.

Now it’s Patwant’s chance to fulfill her grandfather’s wish.