The son of the bus driver Sparsh hits gold SAG

CHANDIGARH: A bus driver in Delhi had no idea that sending his nine-year-old son to Nayagaon to live with his sister 10 years ago would put him on a course that would make him the lord of the ring. Manoj Kumar I was trusting Sparsh Find good schools.

The boy found boxing and a coach, and at age 19, he finished his quest for international glory by defeating Pakistan Syed Muhammad Asif to get the gold medal in the 52 kg male weight category in the South Asia Games in Kathmandu, Nepal.

I got to know about my selection for the SAF games all of a sudden last month through Khimanand sir (coach at SAI center, Sangrur). I practiced a lot because it was my first international tournament. I am happy that my hard work has paid off and hopefully, this is just the beginning, Sparsh told TOI from Kathmandu. It all began with Joginder Kumar, who trains young pugilists from humble background, at Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3.

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"Ten years ago, a little boy approached me, saying he wants to pick up boxing but did not have money for gloves. From that day, he trained under me for five years, never missing any session," said Joginder, who is with the intelligence wing of Punjab Police. Joginder realised the potential in Sparsh and his need for proper training and a good diet.

His family could not provide nutritious and healthy food. So I took him to the SAI center in Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur to be tested. When they selected him, I felt so relieved that I even cried on the bus when I returned. said Joginder.

Sparsh , a two-time school national winner, lost to the national champion PL Prasad 5-0 in the semifinal at the men's boxing national in Baddi earlier this year. But he make sure that, he will not miss an opportunity to win the yellow metal.

I owe everything to Joginder, sir. He was the one who helped me a lot. It made me dream of this moment when one day I will represent my country. This medal is for Joginder, sir, signed.

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