They are two women who follow their passion, are successful in their field of play, but are faced with contrasting predicaments. While one has a child and lives with pangs of separation, another wants to delay the birth of her first child to concentrate on sport.
Discus thrower Krishna Poonia and shooter Anisa Sayyed were here to attend an award function organised by FICCI on Friday to felicitate CWG winners. Along with them were Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Poonappa and Deepika Kumari.
CWG gold medallist Poonia, who has a nine-year-old son, feels it’s unbearable to stay away from her son. Her husband, who is her coach, stays with her all the time and at times, they feel they are missing something in their lives.
Anisa Sayyed, a pistol shooter who too won gold at CWG, got married to Mubarak two-and-a-half years ago. The couple plans for a child only after the London Olympics 2012. “A child needs attention,” reasons Mubarak, an engineer by profession. “We stay away from each other for a good part of the year. At this point in life, it’s a big no. I have left all the important decisions to her.”
Being a husband of a successful sportsperson is not easy. But Mubarak has no problems. “I will support her in whatever she does despite noodles and Maggie becoming a way of my life,” he says.
“I leave poor Mubarak with the maid,” jokes Anisa. “But I make sure to be at home when not training. And, no child till 2012.”
It’s, however, different for Poonia. “Sometimes, I want to leave everything and go back to my child.” Despite the turmoil within, she manages to hurl her distress, like the discus, to the furthest corner on this planet.
“Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband, who happens to be my coach,” says the 29-year-old discus thrower who was here with her husband, Virender.
Even Virender misses the child when not at home. But then, like everything else, he thinks adjusting to the situation is the best solution. “Moreover, we stay together most of the time and talk about the child,” he says. “Even if there is some misunderstanding between us we try and solve it amicably. But I am not at all jealous of her success.”