Yet another Sachin is making his name in the world of sports. 17-year-old boxer Sachin Siwach won a gold medal in the 49 kg-category at the recently concluded Youth World Boxing Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He is only the third Indian, and the first in six years, to win a gold medal at this championship.
A resident of Miththal village near Bhiwani, Haryana, the farmer’s son has come a long way from where he started. At the age of 10, when he went to a boxing academy in Bhiwani, coach Sanjay Swaran refused to enrol him because he was undernourished.
“He was so thin and unhealthy that I refused to his father because Sachin’s weight was less than 30 kg,” Swaran told One India.
But Sachin’s father Krishan, whose brother Vijender is a boxer, was insistent and Swaran finally agreed. After his enrolment, the family had to rethink ways to provide for the boxer in-making’s diet. The wheat produced from their farm was just enough to make ends meet for the family. The biggest concern was getting fresh milk, which was an essential part of the diet.
Fortunately, the farmer found a stray cow that had wandered into the village and had no claimant. He got her tested by a vet and Sachin’s diet problem was solved.
Sachin is the third Indian to win gold at a youth world championship after Nanao Singh (2008) and Vikas Krishan (2010). He is also showing progress with every match he plays. Last year, he had nabbed a bronze at the same venue.
“So I was pretty confident going into the youth worlds. Every day, I used to make a call to Mitathal and make strategies for the next round with coach. It’s his hard work that has paid off,” Sachin told The Indian Express.