To make his son’s childhood dream of becoming a successful wrestler come true, 54-year-old Daulatram Rathore works as a porter (coolie) in a local agricultural market in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Rathore carries heavy sacks of grain on his back from 10 in the morning till 12 in the night only to earn Rs.500 per day so that he can afford a healthy meal for his son who aspires to win a gold medal as an international wrestler. Out of this 500 rupees, Rathore spends 200 rupees to make pure food, milk and ghee available to his son Gaurav.
Seeing his son’s spirit for the sport, Daultaram bought 2 buffaloes and 3 cows so that fresh and pure ghee can be made available to Gaurav who is taking an intensive training in Bhopal since last year.
19-year-old Gaurav is also putting in his best to make his father proud. He won the gold medal in a national wrestling championship in 2016, after which he was selected for training at Tatya Tope Stadium in Bhopal by Sports and Youth Affairs Department.
In 2014-15, Gaurav participated in a national wrestling championship organized by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs in Delhi. In 2014, he participated in the Students’ National Olympic games in Pune and won the gold medal in 55 kg category. The following year, he won another gold medal in 60 kg category in a wrestling competition organized in Punjab.
Daulatram Rathore says that when he learns about any sportsperson winning medals, he feels that his son will also glorify his name and his country’s name some day by winning gold medals in international wrestling.