On Mother's Day, sports stars say 'Thank you, Maa' with special stories.

NEW DELHI: Every mother is special, but some will feel a little bit more special about this Mother's Day . Her star children, who are often far away representing the country in sports, won't spoil them on video calls, showing off what they bought for their mother. There is a bigger and better gift for these mothers this time. They will have their children with them, in some cases, perhaps after a decade.

A pandemic-forced lockdown may not be the ideal way to get families together, but it's not something that's under human control. What's in your control is to stay safe at home, hug your mom and say 'Happy Mother's Day '. And those athletes in lockdown at the SAI centres across the country shouldn't feel disheartened. That they stay safe and healthy is also the best gift they can give their mothers.

It is difficult to summarize memorable moments with his mother in a few hundred words. In fact, it can take a lifetime to put together mothers' sacrifices, which they do just to ensure that their children are always successful and in good health. But still, Timesofindia.com tried to put together some of those 'My Mom' moments of star athletes, who have always remained close to his heart.



SURESH RAINA (Cricket)

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winneroftheworldcup2011

mother'sname:parveshraina

in1998,wheniwenttosportscollegelucknow,itookatrainticketforthesleeperclassbecausewedidn'thavemuchmoney.butmymotherwasveryconcernedaboutmytripandtherewerenocellphonesduringthosedays.puttar,jaddyourponchjayengatemainuphonekari.koikuchhtrainvichkhavayetekhananahi,kisenaallarnanahi.maitainutiffinbanakederahiaa(callmewhenyouarriveanddonoteatanythingofferedbyanyoneonthetrain,donotfightwithanyone,ihavepackedyouatiffin.

fromthere,iusedtowriteletterstomyparents.thepostusedtocomeeverydayandiwouldstandoutsidemyclasstoask,'sir,chitthiaayi?(hastheletterarrived?').i'dgetananswer.'aajayegisuresh,pareshaanmatho,saubaarpoochhchukahai(hewillcome,donotworry,youhavealreadyaskedthishundredsoftimes)'.

hagarmaahaitosabkuchhhai!(ifyouhaveamother,youhaveeverything)

ialsotookhertohollandonceandmadeherflyfirstclass.imadesurethatoneofmyfriendswastravelingwithherandaskedtheairlinetotakecareofher.thecabincrewcutacakewithitandsaid'aapkabetaindiakorepresentkartahai(yoursonplaysforindia).shestartedcrying,itwasaspecialmomentforher.hecameandsaidputtarterabaranaamhai(youhavemadeanameforyourself).itoldhimitwasallbecauseofhisblessings.

iamluckytohavemymomanddadwithme.itismygreatestwealth.

nehagoyal(hockey)

indianfemaleteammidfielder

mother'sname:savitridevi

weareafamilyofthreesisters.sincemyfatherhadadrinkingproblem,sohewouldn'tcomehomeforweeksormonths,itwasalwaysmymotherwhomadealivingworkingdailywagesatnearbyfactories,andialsotookadomestichelpjob.istillremembermychildhooddayswhenhewaspaidrs4forevery100cycleradiitheyhadtodobyhand.itwasaverydifficultjob.iwouldspendthewholedaydoingthisandendupmakingrs1,000attheendofthemonthsoicouldsendmyselfandmysisterstoschool.

thosewerereallychallengingtimesandmymotherhasbeenthecenterofmyworld.itwasthankstohisencouragementthatiwasabletopracticehockey.today,thankstosports,iamdoingwellfinanciallyandihavemadesurethatinolongerhavetoworkfordailywages.now,withmyearnings,iwanttobuildahouseforher.

sathiyangnansekaran(tabletennis)

worldno.32,men'ssingles

mother'sname:malarkodignanasekaran

enteringournewhomewithherlastyear,ithink,wasveryspecial.thatdayofenteringthehousewithherwasoneofthebestmomentsofmylife,sheisveryclosetomyheart.iwasveryhappyandemotional.after(myfather's)death,itwasverydifficultforhertoleavethehousethatdadhadbuilt.itwasveryemotionalalsobecausewecalledourhouseaftermydad.thenhesaidhewishedhewasheretoo.withus.

themostmemorablesportingmomentwithmymotherbymysidewasduringthenationalswhenibeatsharathkamalthefirsttime.hewasclimbingasaplayerandsharathwasalreadyestablished.itwas2015.mymotherwasthere.ithinktheywerethefirstnationalstocomeafterdadpassedaway.sowhenibeatsharathinthesemifinals,shewasthere.irantoherandgaveherabighug.itwasveryspecial.

vijendersingh(boxing)

2008olympicbronzemedalist

mother'sname:krishnadevi(withhisgrandmotherinimage)

onceigotadeepcutonmylefteyejustafteristartedlearningboxing.iwas14or15yearsoldandneededthreestitchestosewthecut.withaheavilybandagedeye,icamehome.mymothersawmeandstartedcrying,thinkingthatihavelostaneye.nooneisgoingtomarryyounow,iremembershesaidthat.foddiaankhchhoreki,hehadsaidinharyanvi.thenitookoffthebandagealittleandshowedhimthattheeyewasfineandthatthecutwasontheforehead.thenherelaxedandbroughtmesomemilk,buthealsotoldmetostopboxing.istillremembereverythingsovividly,itwasamomentofloveformomandtakingcareofherson.

manpreetsingh(hockey)

captain,indianmen'steam

mother'sname:manjitkaur

whenmyfatherpassedawayin2016,hewasplayingthesultanazlanshahcupinmalaysia.iflewhomeandthewordsmymothersaidtomeatthatmomentwillstaywithmeforever.whenwegotbackfromthecrematorium,hesatdownnearmymother'sfeet.shekeptcryingandinthemiddleshesaidtome:whathappened,happened.wecannotchangeit.butyourteamneedsyou.soyoumustflybackandjointheteam.yourfatherhadthesamedream,thatyouplayforyourcountryandweareproudofit.iwillneverforgetthatmoment.shehasbeenthestoneofmylife,supportingmeinallmydecisions.shemeanseverythingtome.

lovlinaborgohain(boxing)

worldchampionshipbronzemedalist

mother'sname:mamoniborgohain

inourhouse,iam,myparentsandmytwosisters.wealwayshadafinancialcrisis.myfatherusedtodosmalljobsinthefields.sometimeshedidn'tcomehomeallmonth,andhissalarywasonlyrs2,500.itwasallmymomanddadhadtorunthehouseandfinancetheeducationoftheirthreechildren.istillremembermymomneverusedtocomplainorcryandshemadesurewecompletedoureducation.sheknewtheimportanceofthatbecauseshewasunabletocompleteherstudiesherself.

sheusedtogrowsmallcropsathometooandiusedtobringthosevegetablestothemarket.sometimessomeofmyclassmatesusedtoseemesellingvegetablesandthenteasemethenextdayatschool.insuchdifficulttimes,mymothernevergaveup.myoldersisternowworksinthedefenseforces.inourvillage,gettingajobisagreatthing.nowiamalsoinagoodspace.iwon'tbeabletopaywhatevermymotheris.ididitformemerimummymerilifekisabseimportantpersonhai(mymomisthemostimportantpersoninmylife).

elavenilvalarivan(shooting)

worldno.1,10mairrifleforwomen

mother'sname:sarojavalarivan

mymotherhasalwaysbeenaworkingwoman.heusedtoleaveat7inthemorningandcomebackat8intheafternoonandhewasexhaustedattheendoftheday.buthealwaysmadesureittooksometime.tospendwithme.weusedtocooktogether.shewouldtellmeallherstoriesfromherchildhooddayswhilecookingandthedayswhenshecametoahmedabadtopursueherdreams,theencountersshehad.istillrememberoneofthetimes,wheniwasstudyingformy10standardboardexams.hemadesureiwasbetterpreparedformysciencework.hereviewedallthechapters,mademestudyeverything,revieweverything.sothepersonthatiamtodayisallbecauseoftheinspirationandthepushthathehadgivenmetofollowthethingsthatilike.

sakshimalik(fight)

olympicbronzemedalist

mother'sname:sudeshmalik

mymotherisonagovernmentjob,butshenevermissedpreparingformyspecificwrestlingdietbeforegoingtowork,andiusedtogostraighttomytrainingaround4intheafternoon.duringmymasterdays,sheusedtocollectnotesfrommyfriendsasshewasalwaysbusytraining.peopleusedtosaythatthissportisnotforgirls,butmymotheralwaysdefendedme.whateveritistoday,mymotherhasplayedaveryimportantroleinthat.

manubhaker(shooting)

worldno.2women's10mairgun

mother'sname:sumedhabhaker

the2019delhiworldcupwasmyfirstinternationaltournamentinindia.thebestpartwasthatmymothercametothefieldeveryday,whetheritwasmypracticeorgameday,andbroughtmehomecookedfood.duringmychildhood,sheneverallowedanynegativitytotouchme,evenwhenpeopleusedtoask:whyhaveyouallowedyourgirltoplaysports?shehasalwaysbeenmyshield.

satwiksairajrankireddy(badminton)

commonwealthgamesgoldmedalist

mother'sname:rangamani

wheneverhehascometoseemeplay,95%ofthetimesihavewon,exceptforajuniortournament,irememberhim.shecameforthepblfinal,wewon; She came for the Hyderabad Super 100, we won that, and similarly some tournaments at the state and national levels. But she is a government teacher with many responsibilities. So sometimes she would say, 'There are hundreds of children that I have to take care of. If I come to watch you play, who will take care of them? But she is also always worried about me, if I can take care of myself, what happens if I get injured, I have food on time? etc., but not so much about bhaiya (older brother), basically, because I eat very little. She is the sweetest mother in the world.

ARPINDER SINGH (Athletics - Triple jump)

2018 Asian Games Gold Medalist

Mother's Name: Harmeet Kaur

Arpinder-embedArpinder-embed My mom is very cool, she almost never gets mad. Dost di tarah treats karde ne oh mainu (she treats me like her friend). Going back five years, the financial situation in my house was not very strong. My father always told me that 'your mother is very fond of jewelry'. But she didn't even mention it, forget about making a fuss that she didn't have this or that. She knew she was trying to pursue a sports career, that she also needed money. I feel good that I can do whatever I have done for them and make them proud.

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