New Delhi, Dec 1: This is the story of another Sachin. He is not Sachin Tendulkar, but Sachin Siwach.
Just a couple of days back, Sachin Siwach glorified India by becoming only the third Indian boxer to have won a gold medal (49 kg weight category) in the recently concluded Youth world boxing championship at St. Petersburg, Russia.
His mentor and coach Sajay Sourana, the man from Bhiwani, never thought of his student’s success when Siwach first came to him with his father Kisan Siwach to learn boxing.
Sanjay, speaking over phone from Bhiwani, said, “He was so thin and unhealthy that I refused to his father because Sachin’s weight was less than minimum 30kg. Kisan, who was a farmer, came from his village and stayed in Bhiwani with his family for his son.
Being a farmer it was extremely difficult for him to survive in the city. Siwach, who got a cow from his village friend, started selling its milk among his neighbours to earn a living. Sachin used to wake up around 4 am and sell cow milk along with his father and then come to my coaching center for training.”
Despite living in Bhiwani, Kisan Siwach could not afford to get his son admitted at legendary Bhiwani Boxing Club, the cradle of three Olympians Vijender Singh, Bikash Krishan and Akhil Kumar.
Sachin had to begin training at Captain Hawa Singh Academy under Sanjay Sourana’s coaching.
Eight years ago, the academy did not have the required infrastructure. There wasn't even a wooden boxing ring back then. Sachin along with other boxers used to train on a muddy space, covered with ropes.
Sanjay added, “Due to weak physique Sachin was initially very defensive in his approach in the ring. I offered him to practice against two or three boxers at a time in my academy. This way he developed his aggressive approach.”