Giving country another medal hope, Indian rowers Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh topped the repechage round in the men’s lightweight double sculls with a timing of 7:12.23 in the Asian Games on Wednesday.
Registering the historic win, they qualified for the main A-final, and will now take a shot at winning a medal.
Though the news has charged up Indian sports fans, the road till here has been really tough, especially for Bhagwan Singh.
Bhagwan is a son of a truck driver and was doing his BA journalism (2nd year) in Chandigarh back in 2012 when he suddenly had to quit everything and give up his dream of becoming a journalist.
Bhagwan’s father, who was an alcoholic, had fallen severely ill and got diagnosed with tuberculosis. He quit the job of a truck driver due to his poor health.
The burden of arranging money for his father’s treatment and running the family suddenly came on Bhagwan’s young shoulders. This forced him to quit his studies and pick-up the oar with the backing of the Indian Army.
However, as fate would have it, things changed for the better for Bhagwan from there on. After he joined Army post quitting journalism, Bhagwan was spotted as a potential rowing talent.
He has been receiving training at the Army Rowing Node in Pune. Bhagwan also went to Rio Olympics as a standby for Dattu Baban Bhokanal, who was the sole Indian rower to qualify for the Summer Games. A sports enthusiast, Bhagwan has been a steeplechase runner.
Though he faced a hard time and is still struggling with his father’s ill health and finances, Bhagwan can surely be called destiny’s child and the road ahead from here surely looks bright for him.