On Friday, when the athletes of collaborating nations will march throughout the opening ceremony of the delayed Tokyo Video games, the day can even mark the 69th anniversary of Jadhav’s medal.
On twenty third July 1952, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav had bagged a bronze medal in 52kg to change into the primary Indian athlete to win a medal in a person sport on the Olympic Video games.
“We’re ready for that day when he’ll get his due. We have now been making an attempt onerous for the final couple of years however couldn’t succeed,” Jadhav’s son Ranjit informed PTI Bhasha from his village Goleshwar in Satara district in Maharashtra.
Jadhav died in an accident in 1984 and he was awarded the Arjuna Award posthumously in 2001.
In 2010, the wrestling stadium on the Indira Gandhi Sports activities Complicated within the nationwide capital was rechristened as KD Jadhav stadium.
Ranjit mentioned not simply that he has been denied the civilian honour, his father endured monetary hardships and “injustice” in his lifetime.
“I bear in mind when the 1982 Asian Video games had been to start in Delhi, he was invited on the final second. He couldn’t mild the primary torch regardless of being the one particular person Olympic medalist in India at the moment. Arjuna award was began in 1964 and he obtained it in 2001,” he added .
Ranjit acknowledged the good assist the federal government is now prolonged to his athletes however urged to recollect the true outdated heroes.
“The federal government is giving all potential assist to approaching gamers which is an effective signal. If you wish to be a superpower in sports activities, it’s essential to recognise your shortcomings and provides all potential assist to gamers.
“From the Prime Minister to the Sports activities minister and the general public, everyone seems to be cheering for India. There may be an encouraging ambiance for athletes who’re representing India within the Tokyo Olympics.
“I additionally attraction to them that the pioneers who’ve laid down the muse of this sporting situation, they shouldn’t be forgotten,” he mentioned.
“They’re the true heroes who purchased laurels at the moment when India didn’t have any amenities. In these hardships they purchased recognition for India within the sporting area.”
“I’ve met former sports activities minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and NCP chief Sharad Pawar too however thus far nothing has been accomplished on this regard,” mentioned Ranjit .
“This time Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited nominations for the “Folks’s Padma Awards. So we hope that one thing good comes out,” he mentioned.