Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Helps Only Indian Boxer Who Fought Muhammad Ali
India’s Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has sanctioned a sum of five lakh rupees from the National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons to help Kaur Singh, only Indian boxer to have faced the legendary Muhammad Ali, settle the debts related to his medical expenses.
File photo of Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. (Getty Images)
Kaur who is also an Arjuna Award winner vied with the legendary Ali in a four round bout when he was on his tour to India in 1980.
Came to knw abt Kaur Singh, Padma Shree & Arjuna Awardee boxer struggling w/treatment for heart disease— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) December 11, 2017
Sir, आपने India का सर ऊँचा रखा, आज India आपका सर झुकने नहीं देगा!@IndiaSports is privileged to approve ₹ 5 lakh fr his immediate use frm Nat'l Welfare Fund fr Sportspersons
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also stepped in and promised a sum of two lakh rupees to aid Kaur who is suffering from a heart disease.
Kaur hung up his gloves in 1984 with four national and six international titles in his bag. Kaur also won the Gold Medal at the 1982 Asian Games along with the Arjuna Award in the same year.
A couple of years ago, Kaur did not have enough money for treatment of his blocked arteries and borrowed two lakh rupees from a private lender. Kaur paid back that loan, but eventually needed to borrow another two lakhs to meet his medical expenses the next year.
“This year, I had to borrow Rs 2 lakh again for hospital expenses in Mohali. The amount escalates to an additional Rs 50,000 within a span of 6 months as interest and my income is not enough to repay the debt. I don’t know how I will return this money,” he had told The Times of India.
Kaur expenses on medicines on a monthly basis totals to Rs 8,000 and the pensions from the Punjab government and the Indian Army aren’t enough.
“This is just the expense of my monthly medicines. The fees of doctor and other expenditure at the hospital accounts for much more.”
Kaur who was discharged on Tuesday from a private hospital in Mohali, says “My body does not function properly. Doctors say that this is due to the injuries that I had suffered during my fighting days. This is the reason I told my children not to take up sports as a career.”
In 1982, the then Punjab government had promised him a cash reward of one lakh rupees for the Gold Medal he had won at the Asian Games, but close to four decades later he is still waiting to receive that.
“I went to the [Prakash Singh] Badal government a couple of times, but they too did not pay heed to my request. I feel they do not intend to give the prize money,” he said.
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