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Want to win Worlds medal for my late father: Simranjit 

New Delhi, November 12

One can tell that 23-year-old Simranjit Kaur has had her share of troubles and hardships growing up. She doesn’t get ruffled easily, not even when talking about her deceased father Kamaljit Singh. Neither is she ashamed of her humble family background. Simranjit’s father, her biggest supporter, passed away in July this year. And Simranjit, who hails from Chakar village, Ludhiana, wants to honour her father by winning a medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championships, scheduled to begin in New Delhi on November 15.

“He passed away in July,” Simranjit told The Tribune on Monday after a training session at the Indira Gandhi Stadium. “Don’t know the exact reason but he had a drinking problem. His wish was to see me win an international medal and if I win at the World Championships, I will dedicate that to my late father,” she added.

Her father worked at a liquor shop, and money to run the household was always in short supply. “We were really poor. I remember we did not have enough money to buy even milk on many occasions. But things are looking up for us,” she said. 

Late bloomer

Simranjit, who began as a trainee at the Shere-e-Punjab Sports Academy in Chakar, has been with the senior squad for the last four years but it is only now that she has been able to break into the Indian team. “There is stiff competition for a place in the senior squad,” said Simranjit, who will represent India in the 64kg weight class.

“It was tough and I had to remain focused and keep working hard in training. I can confidently tell you that I will give my best in the World Championships, which will be my first big tournament. It is happening in our country and we are all excited to do well at home,” she added.

‘I’m ready’

This new-found confidence comes from the fact that she won her first big international medal — gold — in the Ahmad Comart Tournament in Turkey in September. “I am ready. I have trained hard for this competition. I don’t know the result but I will give it my best shot and hopefully do well,” she said. 

Simranjit’s entry into the sport was down to her brothers Arshdeep, Kamalpreet and sister Aman. They edged her to join them at the Sher-e-Punjab Academy. And when she finally came to watch them train — in 2010 — she never left. “My mother also insisted that I join the academy. Once there, I just fell in love with the sport,” she recalled. “Now my mother is my biggest strength.”

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