Good Sports: Olympic Wrestler Receives Sister Support
Qualifying for the Olympics is a major accomplishment, not just for an athlete, but also the athlete’s family, who often have to provide moral and financial support. In the case of Indian wrestler Seema Bisla, it was her older sister, Sushila Devi, and brother-in-law, Nafe Singh, who gave her the support she needed. She lived with them in Rohtak, Haryana, about 26 km from her parents’ two-acre farm in Gudhan village.
“Seema’s father’s financial condition was not good, so we supported her as if she was our own daughter,” Singh, an assistant sub-inspector with the Haryana Police, told The Indian Express. “I had to support five children in the family, including my brother’s children. But most of my salary gets used up on Seema’s training. Her passion for wrestling was what kept us all motivated, and now that she’s booked the Olympic spot, it’s just going to encourage us further.”
Seema qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by earning gold in the 50kg event of the recent Olympic qualification tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Her reward includes at least one special treat in her sister’s house: malai ka halwa.
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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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