Few days back, the story of Padamshri Kaur Singh, 65, who became a victim of apathy against sports persons in the country, was prominently highlighted in mainstream media. The forgotten hero, who is currently admitted to a private hospital in Mohali, is in dire needs of funds for the treatment of his heart ailments. For this the boxer took a Rs 2 lakh loan from a private financer but is now struggling to repay that loan. According to Singh, the injuries he received while playing games during his youth are giving him troubles in old age. He has also blamed that despite lying in a private hospital for the last 24 days, none of the state government officials have come to meet him.
Soon after sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore knew about his ordeal, he said that Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is privileged to approve Rs 5 lakh for Singh’s immediate use from the National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.
Came to knw abt Kaur Singh, Padma Shree & Arjuna Awardee boxer struggling w/treatment for heart disease
Sir, आपने India का सर ऊँचा रखा, आज India आपका सर झुकने नहीं देगा!@IndiaSports is privileged to approve ₹ 5 lakh fr his immediate use frm Nat’l Welfare Fund fr SportspersonsAdvertisement
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) December 11, 2017
Twitterati too appreciated the decision:
Great sir, 👏👏👏
This is what expected from Modiji’s team !
— Eventide (@WhereToGo_N) December 11, 2017
Bhai sahab give mediclaim policies to all sport person it hep in any diseases
— Chaman varshney (@varshneytheneta) December 11, 2017
Good one @Ra_THORe Ji, Let Kaur Singh get well soon !
— ॐ LINGA |⚞⚟| (@Aadhi_Yogi) December 11, 2017
Wish to see more ministers like you in govt Rathore sahab, stay focused on your goal.
— Gajendra (@Airavta) December 11, 2017
Kudos Rathore Sir. Keep the flag flying high. 👏🏻
— Nakul Shenoy (@NakulShenoy) December 11, 2017
— kishan yadav (@kish7667) December 11, 2017
Singh is best remembered for entering the ring against boxing legend Muhammad Ali and giving him a tough fight during an exhibition match in New Delhi in 1980. He won gold in Asian Games in 1982, got the Arjuna Award in 1982 and the Padmashri in 1983. He hung up his gloves after representing India in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he won two consecutive bouts.
He also served in the Army and was honoured with the Vishisht Sewa Medal in 1988 and was bestowed the Sena Medal for his bravery during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
Despite the fact that he earns pension from the Punjab government, where he served as a coach, as well as from the Army, it was not enough to take care of his needs. He has also earned a cash award of Rs 1 lakh for winning gold medal at the Asiad, but he failed to get that sum. The cardiac problems are costing Singh a hefty sum of Rs 8,000 per month on medicines, and if hospitals and other expenditures are added, it turns out to be much more.