The family of Khashaba Jadhav, India’s first individual Olympic medal winner has put up the medal for auction.
Though Indian Hockey team had won a Olympic medal (Gold) in 1948 led by Balbir Singh, it was only in 1952 that an individual medal dream was realised when Jadhav who was 27 by then had won it for India in Helsinki Olympics.
“The decision to auction the bronze medal is a painful one but we are left with few options as the state government has reneged on its promise to build the academy,” Ranjit Jadhav, son of the famous wrestler said.
“In 2009, at a wrestling event in Jalgaon, then state sports minister Dilip Deshmukh had announced that the government would set up a national-level wrestling academy, named after my late father, in Satara district,” Ranjit said. Continuing further, he said “After eight years, nothing has materialised. In December 2013, Rs 1.58 crore were sanctioned for the project. But the project has failed to take shape.”
“My father was an introvert and never marketed his achievements. He was alive till 1984 but the government didn’t felicitate him with an Arjuna Award, which came his way 16 years after his death. Why can’t we honour accomplished people when they are alive?” asked the visibly disappointed Ranjit.
Now that the medal has been put up for auction, it is to be seen whether the Indian Government would take any step in retaining the pride and honour of the nation without letting it to skip off the country.