Kabaddi 'world champion' Vindhyavasini to return her gold medal

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Ranchi, Jan 21: Kabaddi player Vindhyavasini Sinha who brought laurels to not only Jharkhand but to the entire country by becoming the "world champion", is now forced to return her gold medal to the state government because of acute poverty and after a series of hollow promises.

A resident of Bokaro, Vindhyavasini is still struggling to eke out a living as she is without any job and has four sisters and her family has no home of their own.

Vindhyavasini is one of the members in the Indian Kabaddi team that won the World Cup after defeating Iran 25-19 in the final played in Patna on March 4, 2012.

The then chief minister Arjun Muda, on March 11, had announced that Vindhyavasini, one of the architects of Indias victory in the final of the first Women's World Cup Kabaddi Championship, will be awarded Rs 10 lakh cash and she will also get a job.

"Jharkhand has enormous sporting talent. Players made the state and the country proud in cricket, archery, hockey, and now Kabaddi," Munda had said.

But after that felicitation, he also sat silent.

But instead of life becoming easy for her after her feat, she is looking up to Jharkhand government to provide her a job so that she can make a decent living.

Vindhyavasini is even ready to work as a security guard, a Class IV job.

Third among five daughters, 24-year-old Vindhyavasini lost her father in 2012, who had retired from a public sector company and all the responsibilities of running household is on her shoulders.

"Out of 12 Indian Kabaddi players, I am the only one who has not received anything from the government. Other states like Haryana and Maharashtra have rewarded their state players with Rs one crore each and also a government job", says Vindhyavasini.

"But no one looks at the Jharkhand players. The government is only concerned with its chair. Bokaro DC also declared to give Rs 10,000 but even he never gave away the promised cash prize", she further says.

Her father's pension is only Rs 450 which is not sufficient for a family of six.

'World champion' Vindhyavasini is even ready to work as a security guard, a Class IV job, to support her family financially.

But, now, she has decided to return her gold medal to the Jharkhand government.

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