Twenty-five-year-old Balwinder Kaur alias Noorie, a visually-impaired athlete from Khanna, who made her mark in the state and national-level shot put, discus and javelin throw events, on Wednesday met deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and apprised him of the problems being faced by her and other visually-impaired players.
Talking to HT after meeting Sukhbir Badal in Chandigarh, Noorie, a student of BA second-year in DAV College, Chandigarh, said her visit was successful. She was accompanied by her father Mohinder Singh (71), mother Parkash Kaur (65), sister Kuldeep Kaur and the college physical education department teacher SK Gandhi.
Noorie said the deputy chief minister gave her a patient hearing and assured all help. She told the deputy chief minister that she lost her eyesight seven years ago in an accident. Noorie had won eight gold medals, two silver and a bronze at the national-level in shot put and discus throw, that too without the help of a coach. She also performs bhangra.
The Hindustan Times had first highlighted Noorie's case. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had taken notice of the HT report the same day and called her on phone. The CM not only encouraged Noorie, but also sent her money from the chief minister's relief fund. Not only the chief minister, but HT readers had also helped her financially. The media had been highlighting her achievements from time to time.
Noorie is not only a national-level athlete, but she is also known for her dancing skills. She has been selected to participate in television show 'India's Got Talent'. Noorie father who is a driver by profession and has a large family, including five daughters and two sons, to support, told the deputy chief minister that he was unable to pay for her medical expenses.
As per a press release of the Punjab government, Sukhbir has asked secretary, sports, PS Aujla to work out the cost of the total treatment plan to restore the eyesight of the promising athlete.
The deputy chief minister had promised that the Punjab government would bear the expenses of her treatment. He added that after Noorie is treated successfully, the Punjab government would engage a coach to provide specialised training to her.