Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh was in the headlines quite recently as he urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to hike the cash reward for heptathlete Swapna Barman who won the gold medal for India at the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta, Indonesia.
Swapna Barma who is country’s first-ever received ₹10 lakh and Vijender Singh took to his official Twitter handle to urge the West Bengal CM to increase the state prize money. “Dear @MamataOfficial didi plz increase #SwapnaBarman state prize money #10lakhvs3crore #HumbleRequest,” he tweeted.
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) September 3, 2018
Apart from the cash award, the West Bengal government has also promised a government job to Swapna, who created history at the sporting event last week. Following her achievement, many celebrities on social media conveyed their wishes.
Despite jaw injury, Swapna translated her pain into a fruitful result as she threw her personal best in the javelin at the seven-event competition. The 21-year-old planned and executed her run to perfection as she bagged a personal best record with a staggering 6026 points. Eventually, she became the first Indian woman to win an Asian Games heptathlon gold medal.
Virender Sehwag’s caption read, “Have become an even bigger admirer of Swapna Barmam after coming to know of the struggles she had to go through. 6 toes in each leg, bandaged jaw, father a rickshaw puller and countless struggles. This is her mother watching her win the Gold on television, thanking the almighty.”