Weightlifter Sanket Sargar: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday announced a reward of Rs 30 lakh for weightlifter Sanket Sargar, who won silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
The 21-year-old from Sangli district won a silver medal in the men’s 55kg category on Saturday.
According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office, Mr Sargar will receive a reward of ₹30 lakh, while his trainer will receive a reward of ₹7 lakh.
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The afternoon hours on weekends on Ahilya Devi Holkar Road in the city of Sangli in south Maharashtra are usually not early. But on a Saturday afternoon, you can be sure that a small crowd gathered around the beat-up 14-inch Videocon TV screen in the corner of the signal paan tapri (small shop).
There will be more well-wishers and few media persons than regular customers. Sanket Sargar must have watched that small screen as India’s first silver medalist at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In Birmingham, he snatched 113kg in the men’s 55kg and 135kg for a clean and jerk total of 248kg and entered the record books. He was chasing gold and was ahead after the snatch part, but injured himself in the second clean and jerk lift.
He returned for the third attempt, but his right elbow was compromised. Opening India’s medal account means talking about the city if not the country. #sign will trend on twitter. The Prime Minister will probably post his congratulations.
Eknath Shinde Announces ₹ 30 Lakh Reward to Sanket Sargar
Few of the regulars at that ill-described hole-in-the-wall shop in a small town in western India will remember the time before the 21-year-old became famous. They can tell you about a time when Sanket was a little boy, gazing at that dim monitor, dreams infinitely bigger and more vivid than the life-making paan in his namesake-sharing shop.
Sanket remembers that moment very well. When he felt that the seed of winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games was firmly in his mind. “I remember it very clearly,” he told Sportstar a few days ago. “It was around 6am on April 5th in 2018.
That was when Gururaja Bhaiya (Pujari Gururaja) was competing in the Commonwealth Games in the 56kg category. I remember a customer wanted a masala paan, so I was making that. At the same time I was in the shop watching a weightlifting competition on TV. At the same time, I decided to go the next time I go. Sure I’ll be there.
I will go Just do mehndi. And what to do? (I decided I would definitely be there next time. The only thing I have to do is work hard. What’s more in it),” he recalls thinking.