Household chores overshadow boxing talent of Kaithal girl

  • Surinder Miglani PTI, Hindustan Times, Kaithal Kaithal (Haryana)
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2015 16:15 IST

Rishu Mittal, a student of Class 10 who won gold medal in 46-kg category in Haryana state-level boxing championship in October last year, works as a domestic help at the residence of a lawyer here.

Her coach Rajinder Singh says, “If she gets proper diet and proper care she has the potential of becoming another Mary Kom,” he said. He says that it is nothing short of a miracle that she has been performing so well despite not getting proper diet and sufficient time for coaching.

“Leave alone a diet of milk, butter and fruits she hardly gets two square meals in a day,” the coach rues. Rishu lost her father a year ago and her mother left home when she was younger. Her brother works as a helper at a shop. “When we had shifted here, my father was an alcoholic and had no money.

My mother used to do all the household works. After she left home, I have to do all these work. I go to school, I play but due to so much work I could not win the national level boxing match,” said Mittal. Singh said that the government sports organisations and boxing lovers should come forward and help her come out of pecuniary so that she can bring laurels at global level “of which she is definitely capable”.


Meanwhile, health minister Anil Vij announced to give aq financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to Rishu Mittal. An offer was also given to her for enrolment in the National Sports Academy so that she could get better facilities to become a national player.

Acting on the media reports about the abject poverty conditions Rishu was living in while working as a domestic help, Vij announced an assistance of Rs 1 lakh to her. At present, she was getting training in a sports academy and a stipend of Rs 2000. Rishu is an orphan that is why her financial condition is bad, he added.

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