Pune’s Rahul Aware wrestles his way to police job
Wrestler Rahul Aware’s golden performance at the Commonwealth Games grappled the heart of the entire nation and allowed the 26-year-old to establish himself as one of the finest wrestlers in the country. The Maharashtra government, in a bid to reward his success, has selected him for the post of deputy superintendent (DYSP) from the sports quota.
Dilip Kamble, minister of state for social justice and special assistance, announced the decision during a felicitation programme in Pune on Sunday.
“Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has sanctioned the application and the formal announcement will be made in a few days,” said Kamble.
Rahul is the fourth wrestler from state to be appointed as DYSP from the sports quota. Mumbai’s Narsing Yadav, who had won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi was offered DYSP post by then home minister RR Patil in 2012. In 2015, Sunil Salunkhe who won Hind Kesari was appointed as DYSP and recently in 2017, two-time Maharashtra Kesari champion, Vijay Choudhari of Jalgaon was appointed as DYSP by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Rahul is the first from the Aware family to receive a job in the police force. Coming from a family of farmers, Rahul’s father Balasaheb and elder brother Gokul shifted to Beed in order to provide better training to Rahul and later sent him to train with late Harishchandra Birajdar in Gokul Wastad Talim in Pune.
“Working with the police force is my dream job. Donning the police uniform is a matter of pride and I look forward to it,” said Rahul.
“We are proud of him, but his is just the beginning. Our ultimate aim is an Olympic medal and our family will provide whatever support he needs to strike gold in the world’s biggest stage,” said Rahul’s brother Gokul.
Rahul has also been showered with cash prizes following his triumph at Gold Coast. The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) announced a prize of Rs 30 lakh for the wrestler while Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, promised Rs 1 lakh per month for his training, according to Rahul’s coach Kaka Pawar.
A full plate
Before joining for duty, Rahul will have to finish a two-year police training course and clear written exams. Considering his busy training schedule, it will be an uphill task to handle both responsibilities.
“We have already started preparing for the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia from August 18. Rahul will have to attend the India Camp at Sonipat from May 15. Then the Indian contingent will leave for Georgia for a two-month conditioning and training camp. After the Asian Games, the next target is to qualify for the upcoming Olympics. It’s a busy schedule for Rahul and we will have to chalk out a plan to clear the written exam and police training,” said Pawar.