September 24, 2015 8:48:18 am
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and London Olympics quarter-finalist, boxer Manoj Kumar, has approached the Haryana Chief Minister’s Grievances Window, seeking to be appointed as a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) on the basis of his achievements.
He has also sought land to set up a boxing academy in the state.
Kumar, who is currently ranked fifth in the world in the 64 kg category and had been awarded the Arjuna award last year, has also qualified for next month’s World Championships to be held in Doha.
“It’s unfortunate that I have been treated like this. We have approached the Haryana government and officials several times regarding appointing me as a DSP in the Haryana Police. Other gold medal winners of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, from the state, were offered the DSP posts. Then why not me? If the criterion is a gold medal in the CWG, then I have fulfilled it. There have been only five CWG gold medal winners in boxing from India over the last two decades and I am one of them,” Kumar said on Wednesday.
A native of Rajound village in Kaithal district, the boxer has so far won 32 medals at the international level. He is employed as a chief ticket inspector with The Indian Railways.
“At present, I am preparing for the World Championships to be held in Doha next month but my only grudge has been getting my due from the government. We had approached the previous Hooda government also several times for the DSP post. On the land for the boxing academy, they allotted us 4.75 acres in Sector 4, Kurukshetra, but later withdrew it, citing the sports policy,” said the lanky boxer..
“We have met Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar and Sports Minister Anil Vij regarding this matter but it has been of no avail,” said Manoj’s coach and brother Rajesh Kumar Rajound.
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