Madhya Pradesh teenage Greco-Roman wrestler Mahesh Rathore dedicates gold to his late mother


Wrestler Mahesh Kumar Rathore is the son of a farmer in the Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. He won a gold medal at the Ranchi U16 National Wrestling Championship on Thursday. His silverware came in the Greco-Roman 67kg category.

In a moving tribute, Mahesh dedicated the medal to his late mother, who died last year after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

Anil Rathore, the young champion’s dad, spoke about the pain the whole family went through and how his kids got through the tough situation.

“It was a painful experience for Mahesh and his older sister Hansaben when they lost their mother last year to Covid-19 on December 16,” Anil said. “It was a difficult situation for the family. But after two weeks I managed to control my emotions and asked Mahesh and his sister to resume training.

Despite losing a huge pillar in their lives, both Mahesh and Hansaben showed incredible courage to return to training.

Earlier in July this year, 16-year-old Hansaben represented India at the world sub-junior wrestling championships held in Hungary. Her brother joined her in making their family proud.

“I had to motivate my children to practice wrestling and to work on the farm. I had to take care of their food, their rest and their education. Today (December 16) is a big day for me. All the hard work paid off as my son won a gold medal at the national level, ”said the proud father.

The problem of over-aged wrestlers

Over-aged wrestlers are a rapidly growing problem in age group competitions in almost all disciplines in India.

Despite strict measures, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had to disqualify up to 50 major wrestlers during the ongoing U15 national wrestling championship. The news was confirmed by Vinod Tomar, deputy secretary of WFI.

The three-day U15 national wrestling championship ended on Friday.

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