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Will Seema get her due now?

Saurabh Duggal , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 02, 2014
First Published: 16:15 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 08:51 IST(3/8/2014)

Seema Antil Punia, who won the discus-throw silver at Glasgow on Friday, became the first Indian athlete to win three successive Commonwealth Games medals. But in her home state, Haryana, she has to run from pillar to post to get her due.


After the 2012 London Olympics, the Haryana chief minister had announced promotion for two sub-inspectors. While boxer Jai Bhagwan was promoted in December 2012, Seema remains waiting.

In some cases, athletes close to the CM have got the jobs despite lack of merit. “Or you should have a strong lobby. Sporting achievements come next,” Seema had said before leaving for Glasgow.

She had to moved the Punjab and Haryana high court to get the police job and seniority.


London Olympian boxer Devendro Singh made it to the final of the 49kg weight category at Glasgow on Friday. He got better of Wales boxer Williams Ashley 3-0 in the semi-final.

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