ALSO READ: Boxing legend, Kaur Singh, struggles to pay Rs 2 lakh loan for medical bills
After reading the report, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted that he has cleared a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the boxer, the only one from India to have enter the ring against the legend Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match.
In a statement to TOI Amarinder added: “It was sad to hear of a sportsperson of such repute being forced to live in such pitiable conditions. The government would do everything possible to help Kaur Singh, whose contribution to Indian boxing remains unparalleled.”
The boxer is suffering from a serious cardiac problem and spends Rs 8,000 per month on medicines. He was discharged on Tuesday morning from a private hospital in Mohali where he was being treated. As soon as the report appeared on Wednesday, TOI offices in Chandigarh and Delhi received numerous calls from readers who were touched by the boxer’s tale of woes and wanted to help him. “I am ready to sponsor the entire loan,” said Delhi-based businessman Abdul Kaam Azad, whose firm makes razor parts for a multinational company. “I am ready to help him in whatever way possible.”
Harish Trivedi, CEO of a Delhi-based healthcare firm, said he was keen to bring Kaur to Delhi and look after his medical needs for as long as needed. “He fought for our country and we should salute him for that, not let him suffer like this,” Trivedi said.
When TOI spoke to the ailing boxer at village Khanal Khurd in Sangrur on Wednesday, he was unaware about the support pouring in for him. “I am immensely grateful to the people of the country for helping me. However, I would feel relief only when the monetary assistance reaches me.”
Despite his sporting achievements, Kaur had dissuaded his sons from taking up the sports because of the lack of support sportsmen received. “Now, my faith is restored,” he told TOI. “I will motivate youngsters to take up sports.”
Kaur was the recipient of Arjuna Award in 1982. He was the recipient of the Padma Shree in 1983. He represented India in boxing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as well.
Source : timesofindia