Sukhbir assures help for Asian silver medallist Khushbir Kaur

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2015 18:01 IST

As the family of Asian Games medallist athlete Khushbir Kaur is forced to live in a cowshed after her college failed to construct the promised house for her, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has assured to help the family.

Sukhbir, who also holds the sports portfolio, on Tuesday said, “I heard about her problem today itself and will see to it that the family gets help.”

The deputy chief minister, who reached Amritsar in the evening, asked the district administration to provide him the details by Wednesday morning. Since deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat was not available, police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh was asked to provide the details.

Hindustan Times was the first to highlight the matter on April 10 as to how the family of the athlete was living in a pathetic condition, after her college, Khalsa College for Women, which had promised the family Rs 5 lakh to construct a house in October last year, had failed to do so.

The family, which lives at Rasulpur Nikka village in this district, had demolished the existing structure in March in the hope that the college would soon get the construction job done, but now have no option but to live in a shed.

Khushbir, who had done the country proud by bagging the silver in the 20-km walk in the 2014 Incheon Asiad, is currently in Portugal preparing for the Rio Olympics.

The family had criticised the college authorities over the issue and even the athlete had felt bad about it.

However, the college authorities had denied the allegations saying the delay was because of a coordination issue. They said they were committed to helping the family.

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