Winning a gold for the country at the international arena is something that every athlete aspire for. Having put an effort and trained out for months, winning medal is just an icing on the cake.
For India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor, winning a gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang has not been easy. The Punjab lad had to go through lot of emotions and setback before achieving the dream.
We look at Tajinder’s journey and also the incident that completely changed his life and career altogether.
Tajinder was born on 13 November 1994 in Khosa Pando village in Moga district, Punjab. Hailing from a family of farmers, he switched from cricket to shot put at the insistence of his father.
Tajinder’s as his uncle was already plying his trade in the sport so the shift for him was much easier.
In 2015, tragedy struck in Tajinder’s family after his father was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer but luckily for the family, the cancer was still in its initial stages. There was no end to the problem as in the very next year his father was diagnosed with bone cancer, which was in the fourth stage and needed heavy expenditure.
During this period Tajinder got a job in Navy which came as a blessing in disguise. Not only did the Navy take care of all of Tajinder’s expenses with regard to the sporting side of things, but he also received aid in terms of paying the medical bills for his father.
Once the issue was taken care of, the Punjab lad did not look back as he won silver at the Asian Indoor Championships in Turkmenistan last year. In the Asian games, the shot putter has broke record, as he shot a games record of 20.75m, to win the gold medal.
Speaking to PTI after his record-breaking feat he said “This medal is my biggest achievement because a lot of sacrifices have been made. For the last two years, my father (Karam Singh) has been battling with cancer. My family though never let me get distracted. They allowed me to chase my dream. A lot of sacrifices have been made by my family and friends and all those have paid today.
“My family never pressurized to attend my father in the hospital and it was always my friends who took care of all the hospital formalities in my absence. I have not gone home much in this period since I was training in Dharamsala,”