Fall From Grace! National Gold Medallist Sprinter Lokesh Struggles To Make Ends Meet

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Fall From Grace! National Gold Medallist Sprinter Lokesh Struggles To Make Ends Meet

Lokesh Kumar bagged a gold medal in 200m in April this year. However, six months down the line and Kumar is in dire straits. Unable to afford milk, he drinks warm water as a substitute.

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Neeraj Chopra might have clinched a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, many athletes still struggle for basic needs even after winning medals at various national championships.

Father Is A Rickshaw Puller And Mother Is A Housemaid

One such struggling athlete is Lokesh Kumar, a sprinter from Delhi who bagged a gold medal in 200m in April this year. However, six months down the line and Kumar is in dire straits.

"My father is a rickshaw puller who earns on a daily basis, and mother used to work as a maid in bungalows and earns 2,500 per month, so there is specific monthly earning, if we get food at one time there is no guarantee that we will get next time or the next day, A national level athlete needs a proper diet for his game, but I fail, to get that. With the help of my coach, I have some dry fruits to eat, and he also provides me with some necessary things to eat, but still, I am not able to get a proper diet," The New Indian Express reported Kumar as saying.

He also has to travel to many places for practice, which impacts his training practice and routine. " I have to travel from far, and I also need money for proper milk intake, so I have to cut my travel expense which I can't afford to, so I cut down on my milk intake, and I drink warm water as a substitute," he rued

Vipin Lohit, Kumar's coach, said that he has full confidence in the sprinter's abilities and is sure that he will overcome all odds to make a name for himself.

The story of Kumar's plight, however, is not new. The tale of the forgotten is one that is all too familiar.

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