Back in his hometown after bagging the silver medal in the men's 85kg category at the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, weightlifter Vikas Thakur has urged the state government to provide Ludhiana with better infrastructure for sports.
Thakur, in whose honour the district administration and District Sports Organisation held a function at the Guru Nanak Stadium on Monday, said he was forced to practice under a leaking roof at Ludhiana's weightlifting club, Rakh Bagh, for a long time.
Urging the state government to take up the cause of sportspersons, Thakur asked it to provide them both moral and financial support.
"Ludhiana has many talented sportspersons, many Vikas Thakurs, who are struggling because of lack of infrastructure, gyms and support of government as well as society,” said Thakur.
He has dedicated his success to his parents and coaches Parvesh Chander Sharma and PS Meharban.
Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) (east) Paramjit Singh said Thakur had set a benchmark with his achievement.
Punjab Basketball Association secretary Teja Singh Dhaliwal said society must come forward to help sportspersons who had helped put India on the global map.
"Lack of adequate finances is the greatest impediment for sportspersons. This is the reason why some players have failed to make the mark," he said.
District Weightlifting Association president Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja was among those who honoured Thakur at the function. Others present on the occasion were district sports officer Kartar Singh and Jagvir Singh Grewal of the Kila Raipur Federation.