Akhil Kumar is still waiting -- waiting to get promoted to the rank of an assistant commercial manager in Indian Railways. Not only this, the 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist is also awaiting a job with Haryana Police.
It has been two months since Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav promised the Bhiwani pugilist, now working as a technician with Railways, a promotion, but according to Akhil, nothing of that sort has happened so far.
The wait is getting even longer and frustrating as far as his job with Haryana Police is concerned. The Haryana Govt had said that Akhil, along with Jitender Kumar and Vijender, would be made the deputy superintend in the state police after their spirited efforts saw India win a historic silver medal at the Beijing Olympics. While Vijender is now a DSP, the wait continues for Akhil and Jitender.
"If they ignore us like this then how will we encourage the juniors to join the sport," Akhil said on the eve of their departure to Moscow for the four-day inaugural World Cup that starts from Dec 10. "Since the Railway minister had announced it, I don't understand why they are not promoting me," Akhil lamented.
Asked about his preparation for the world cup, Akhil honestly admitted: "My fitness was slightly better going in to the Olympics. But then again, I have got nothing to lose and everything to gain."