CWG 2022: My father said ‘gold se kismat badalti hai, par mein khush hoon’; don’t want him to run ‘paan’ shop anymore, says silver medallist Sanket Sargar | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

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Sanket Sargar (ANI Photo)

NEW DELHI: ‘Papa ko or ka promise kiya tha, money aaya, by wo khush hain’ (I had promised my father a gold medal but he is happy with the money I won), Indian weightlifter Sanket Sargar Told TimesofIndia.com from Birmingham after opening the country’s medal count at the Commonwealth Games by winning a silver medal in the men’s 55kg category.
There was a distinct look of despondency on Sanket’s face as he watched the medal ceremony with his right elbow in a sling. He remembered the promise he made to his father Mahadev Ananda Sargar who runs a ‘paan’ and tea shop in Sangli, Maharashtra.
“I hope this medal will change my family’s fortunes. I don’t want my dad running a ‘paan’ shop anymore,” Sanket said. TimesofIndia.com just hours after winning the silver medal on Saturday.
The 21-year-old looked set to win the gold medal, but two failed clean and jerk attempts, due to a tragic elbow injury, denied him the top honour. He lifted a total of 248 kg (113 kg + 135 kg) to finish second in the event.
“After the silver medal, I spoke to my father and my mother. My father said ‘ gold aata to achha rehta by mei khush hoon‘ (Gold would have been nice but I’m happy). He said let’s see what life has in store for us after this medal. My father used to say ‘gold se kismat badalti hai’ (Gold changes fate). My parents were happy and encouraged me. But gold is gold,” Sanket said.
“There are a lot of athletes whose lives have changed after winning medals. The government has been very supportive so far. I want to help my parents. I don’t want my dad running the ‘paan’ shop anymore. They made a lot of sacrifices for me. I owe them everything. I dedicate my medal to them. This is just the beginning for me and I know I still have a lot to do,” an emotional Sanket shared with TimesofIndia.com from Birmingham.
Sanket dominated the snatch round, but he was only able to attempt the first lift in the clean and thrown round as he injured his elbow and was in severe pain. He failed to lift 139 kg on his second and third attempts.
malaysia Ben Mohamad Aniq lifted 142kg in his third and final clean and jerk attempt to snatch gold from Sanket, by just one kilo.
“Who wants to get injured? No athlete wants that. But injuries and sports go hand in hand. I was confident of winning gold but when I got injured I left it all to fate, but gold wasn’t supposed to be. Not just me, my coaches were also upset. I was angry. They also expected gold from me. In the end, they gave me confidence and motivated me. aiming for gold in future tournaments,” added Sanket. TimesofIndia.com.
Sanket believes the injury he suffered will keep him away from the sport for a few weeks, but his confidence is unshaken.
“Reports are still coming and I think it is a broken bone. I will have to rest and recover from this injury. My main goals now are the Asian Games and the Paris Olympic Games. I was given a big platform and played. I am sure that I will win an Olympic medal for my country”, signed a confident Sanket.

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