YouWeCan – Yuvraj Singh

Blog By : Ipsa Singh

YouWeCan – Yuvraj Singh

“The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.”

The world is full of unexpected surprises that often don’t turn out to be pleasant. There is an organisation that promises to try it’s best to take away the biggest fear of any individual’s life. “ CANCER. “  The foundation is full of life and kindness. You can even call it a lifeline, or to be specific , that’s – YouWeCan for you.

YouWeCan is Yuvraj Singh’s endeavour to combat cancer by spreading awareness about the disease and fighting the stigma attached to it. The national cricketer announced the launch of ‘YouWeCan’, an initiative by the Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF), in July 2012. The initiative focuses on all the aspects of the disease including the advantages of early detection. YouWeCan always comes up with interesting ways to educate people on cancer by organizing sports events and fairs and not restrict to seminars and lectures.

Yuvraj Singh is renowned cricketer, who now has turned into an inspiration for those who believe, that cancer is an end to life, for those who stop living life as soon as they get the news, for those who die even before they are dead.

Yuvraj Singh has proved with his battle against success that “It’s not over until it’s Over.”

The YouWeCan initiative was planted while Yuvraj Singh was still in the hospital. He shared his experience with the virtual world as he posted pictures of his treatment and the severe physical changes he was going through, sending one clear message: FIGHT.

YouWeCan focuses on every sector of cancer. Be it creating awareness about its symptoms and chemotherapy procedures or helping educate the kids who are cancer survivors. The organisation is a firm believer of

Hope and faith may be more firmly built upon charity, than charity upon faith and hope – Benjamin Franklin.

The foundation Create a conscious environment to fight cancer by inculcating a habit of regular cancer check-ups. To educate all the segments of society about the implications of the disease through affordable campaigns.

Yuvraj Singh Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 launched by Yuvraj Singh himself. The organisation is active since 2009 and working for three primary initiatives: Health, Education and Sports. YouWeCan is an effort to support and build awareness in their quest to conquer cancer. These grants will provide substantial funding of devices and adaptation of existing technologies for cancer awareness and detection in low and middle-income areas nationally.

The biggest and the most noted act of this organisation is to provide cancer patients with scholarships . This initiative aims to help the families that are facing a financial crisis due to the expensive and prolonged cancer treatment of their immediate family member by educating their children. This process started on august 7th , 2017.

The initiative taken by the foundation also helps in securing the future of the country as a whole. Youth of a country needs to be protected and cured in order to make a flourished country.

The foundation adheres by the saying, “ Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life,not the whole story. “

The Rajasthan Royal – Devendra Jhajharia

Blog By : Ipsa Singh

The Rajasthan Royal – Devendra Jhajharia

 

“My ability is stronger than my DISABILITY”

We all can’t deny the fact that we all complaint about the things we do not have or the things we are running short of, we do not pay attention to what we have. The real lesson of life lies in the learning that we should be happy with what we have because what we have might be something what someone else is just dreaming of. Most of us just sit back and complaint or blame the god or the situation or not being in our favour r giving us a flaw. But then there are a handful of some great enthusiastic souls living amidst us who not only inspire us but also prove that any physical disability cannot be greater than the will, courage, hard-work, and dedication that an individual possess in himself/herself. Your physical disability can never really become a barrier in the path of achieving your goal until and unless you make your disability conquer the fire in your heart.

Devendra Jhajharia is a Rajasthan based athlete with an amputated hand. At the age of 8 he lost his left hand by touching a live wire. On top of it He belongs to a very poor family. All these circumstances did not make him weak or deter his will to achieve big goals. He believed in himself and his hard-work.

In 1976 he was spotted by the Dronacharya award bearer coach R.D. Singh by his performance during an event in his school for sport’s day function. That was the day, since then there has been no looking back and stopping for him.

“The problems in life are just stepping stones, that make you sore even higher heights.” Is that statement this athlete proves to be true. All the bad days that he faced, all the problems that he went through were just like stepping stones he swiftly and gracefully passed through and came out like a furnished gem.

He has been making his country extremely proud. In 2004 he qualified javelin throw at the Athens Paralympics. And that was when he brought glory to his country’s, family’s and his own name. he created history.

In his first Paralympics only, he broke the world record of 59.77m, his throw was of 62.15m. with that he became the second Indian to win a Paralympic gold medal in the history of India. Around a decade later he qualified for Paralympics in Rio, with a clear cut thought that he will repeat his performance of Athens in Rio. He not only stood by his words but also broke his own record od 62.15m, by giving a whooping throw of 63.97m., and with respect to that he becomes the first Indian the hold the prestige of having two gold medals from the Paralympics.

Critics are there all over the world, no matter how much good you do, how dedicated you are, people are hypocrites and will always land up looking at all the negative signs and put your glory down, and if they can’t find any negativity they start assuming things that never really exist and same happened with this magnificent man. But he again proved he is one of his kind, he kept quiet and allowed his javelin not only speak clear but shout out to the world.

“Whenever I went for competitions, people would either look at me with pity or say that I’ve been recommended here or had some source. But then when they see me throwing my javelin they come to me and tell me- I am a champion.”  

MILIND SOMAN- 50 and UNSTOPPABLE

Blog by-Pooja Seth

MILIND SOMAN- 50 and UNSTOPPABLE

There is no right time to get  yourself into fitness. This fact is well demonstrated by Milind Soman also known as the ‘IRON MAN’ of India. The time when most people want to retire and lead a comfortable life, this man is out on the streets running marathons barefoot ,spreading awareness about fitness and breast cancer and empowering women all over the world.

 

He was always active in swimming but then got drifted and focused more on his modeling career. But this could not stop him from becoming the iron man he is today. He holds the Limca record for running 1500 km in 30 days time. He completed the iron man challenge in just 15 hours and 19 minutes in the very first try. The challenge includes a 3.8-k swim, a 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2 km run raced in that order without a break and the time limit is set for 17 hours. His sheer determination and never give up attitude is the reason he holds many feathers to his cap. Recently in 2017 he completed the Ultrathon in Florida that included completing a distance  520 km in 3 days .The first day included a 10 km swim and 148km bike ride while the second day followed by a 276km bike ride and the final day included a 84lm run. Our iron man was the only one to complete it bare foot.

He is active member of the pinkathon and has created awareness among so many women of all ages about breast cancer and the need to keep oneself fit. His remarkable journey is a proof that with indomitable will and focus you can achieve any goal you set for yourself. In all his interviews he gives credits to his participation in various marathons which helped him cure his addiction to smoking. He believes that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind which can benefit a person’s daily life in positive ways.

Soman recently posted a picture with a caption saying-“RUN YOUR LIFE OR YOUR LIFE WILL RUN YOU”.

We all can run our lives what we need is courage ,confidence and a belief!

The story of this ironman motivates us to explore the gift of fitness not only of the body but of mind as well. When we are at peace with our body and mind only then we can live life fully.

Vinesh Phogat : The Wrestler

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

Vinesh Phogat : The Wrestler

Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian wrestler who comes from a successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists as well.

Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s younger brother Rajpal and the cousin of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. Both her cousins have won gold in 55kg category in Commonwealth Games.

In allowing her cousins and herself to pursue competitive wrestling, her father and uncle had to deal with immense pressure and opposition from the community in their village in Haryana. They were adjudged as going against the morals and values of their community. Her cousin, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.

2013 Asian wrestling champions ,in the tournament in New Delhi, India, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category, winning 3:0 in the bronze medal bout through the repechage round to Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand.

In the first round, Vinesh won 3:1 against Nanami Irie of Japan. She then lost 1:3 in the quarter-finals to Tatyana Amanzhol of Kazakhstan who qualified for the final thus qualifying the Indian grappler for the repechage round.

2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships , in an exclusive tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vinesh finished second and won the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category, losing in the final round to Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games ,Vinesh represented India in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and won the gold medal.In the quarter-finals, Vinesh faced Rosemary Nweke of Nigeria and beat her 5-0. Her semi-finals opponent was Jasmine Mian of Canada whom she beat 4-1. In the gold medal bout, she faced home favourite Yana Rattigan of England and won the gold medal, beating her 3-1.

At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category.

 

In the Round of 16, Vinesh faced Yongmi Pak from the People’s Republic of Korea and beat her 3:1. Her quarter-finals opponent was Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan whom she overcame easily with a 5:0 scoreline. She lost 1:3 in the semi-finals to Eri Tosaka of Japan but qualified for the bronze medal bout and beat Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia to win 10-0 easily after referee stopped the bout (classification points 4:0).

At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Phogat won the silver medal in her category after losing the final to Yuki Irie of Japan. In the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics held in Istanbul, she won in the final round beating Polish wrestler Iwona Matkowska, and qualified for the Olympics in the process.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Vinesh reached the Quarter Finals and lost to Sun Yanan of China owing to a knee injury.

2018 Gold Coast CommonWealth Games Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Vikas Krishan Yadav : The Boxer

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

Vikas Krishan Yadav : The Boxer 

Vikas Krishan Yadav (born 10 February 1992) is an Indian male boxer from Bhiwani district in Haryana, who won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category and a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Due to the ban on the Boxing Federation of India in 2015, Vikas competed at the Worlds and Asian Championships under the AIBA flag.

Yadav was born in Singhwa Khas village in Hisar district. His father Krishan Kumar Yadav is an employee in the Electricity Department. In 1994 he came to Bhiwani along with his father, who was transferred to this city. In 2003, at the age of 10, Yadav joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club. Later, he received training in the Army Sports Institute at Pune.

After his premature exit from the 2012 Olympics, Yadav took a year off from boxing and focussed on completing his education at the Kurukshetra University and his training with the Haryana State Police. Presently, Yadav is an employee of the Haryana State Electricity Board.

Vikas is currently competing in the middleweight category, the same category where Vijender Singh won an Olympic bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. As of September 25, 2015, Vikas is ranked 4th overall.

M.C. Mary Kom : The Real Hero

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

M.C. Mary Kom : The Real Hero

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte(born 24 November 1982), better known as Mary Kom,is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world  championships. Her nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. and is the first Indian Woman Boxer to win Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

On 26 April 2016, Kom was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing. Mary Kom won the Gold Medal In Asian Boxing Championship. She defeated Kim Hyang-mi of North Korea in the title match.

Kom was born in Kangthei village, Moirang Lamkhai in Churachandpur district of rural Manipur. She came from a poor family. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were tenant farmers who worked in jhum fields. They named her Chungneijang. Kom grew up in humble surroundings, helping her parents with farm related chores, going to school and learning athletics initially and later boxing simultaneously. Kom’s father was a keen wrestler in his younger days.

Kom is married to the footballer Karung Onkholer (Onler). Together they have 3 sons: twins Rechungvar and Khupneivar (born in 2007),and son Prince (born in May 2013).

Her autobiography, Unbreakable, was co-authored by Dina Serto and published by Harper Collins in late 2013. In 2014, Priyanka Chopra played the main role of Mary Kom in Mary Kom, a biographical film about her life. Although the mother tongue of Mary is Kom, a Sino-Tibetan dialect, the movie is in Hindi. The movie is directed by Omung Kumar and was released on 5 September 2014.

Kom is an animal rights activist, and supporter of PETA India, starring in an ad to call for an end to the use of elephants in circuses. “Circuses are cruel places for animals where they are beaten and tortured. As a mother, I can imagine what animals go through when their children are taken away from them to forcefully perform in circuses. It’s sad,” Kom has been quoted in the media.”

The Ace – Vijendra Singh

Blog by : Ipa Singh

The Ace – Vijendra Singh

“DECIDE. COMMIT. CONQUER.”

Vijendra Singh Beniwal, an Indian professional boxer was born on 29th October 1985 in Rewari, Haryana.

He is the first ever Indian to win a medal at Olympics in boxing. He is that iron rod, who has been beaten by time and moulded into an ornament in the crown of India. He is an extreamly humble human,and strives to be a perfectionist. His approach towards life is very simple. Even after achieving so much n life he stands without any greed and arrogance like any other ordinary being.

He belongs to a very poor family. His financial situation couldn’t stop him from making his dreams come true. He outlaws a myth that only rich people are entitled of glorious, wealthy, and a promising future. He proves that hard-work and dedication isn’t defines by your financial status, it is something an individual is born with and enhances his skill with it, in order to become a successful individual.

He became a boxing enthusiast by following in the foot steps of his elder brother, who himself wanted to become a boxer but got himself employed in the Indian army. Vijendera Singh also turned to modelling for part time to incur money. He is an example of what you can call “glory of struggle.”

He got his first recognition after winning a medal at state-level competition. Tthen led to the chain of success in sub-junior nationals in 1997 and 2000 by winning gold and silver medals.  It was in 2003 that his career as a boxer took a shoot when he won a silver medal in the Afro-Asian Games. Commonwealth games (CWG) surely show some favour to him, the ones that were held in Delhi in 2010 proved to be really productive for him as he went on to grab a bronze medal followed by a gold in Guangzhou Asian Games.

Soon his boxing style, hooks, and cuts were compared and contrasted with Rocky in the Rocky film series. Since then he won a lot of medals along with some outings at some international events.

Undoubtedly vijender singh is a maestro in India. He is not only bringing the laurels in India but also woking hard to enlighten and guide the young talent in the field of boxing in India. He recently won the WBO asia Pacific super middleweight title after defeating China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali. He dedicated his win to India-China friendship at the time of tension between the two countries over the infamous Doklam issue which conveys the fact as a clear truth that he is also a responsible citizen of India.

He is the perfect role model  whose footprints the new generation should follow in most of the aspects of life.

SARJUBALA DEVI

Blog by : Anuradha Guha

SARJUBALA DEVI

Sarjubala Devi is an Indian woman boxer from Manipur.

Sarjubala was born on 1st June, 1993 to Sh. Rajen Singh and Sh. (o) Thoibi Devi. She was born in a farmer family in Manipur. She graduated with Education Honors from Manipur University, with first class in 2013. She was inspired by Mary Kom’s story and decided to join Boxing School in 2005.

After two years of training, she joined the Sports Authority of India in her city, Imphal. Her weight category is in the 48 Kgs.

In 2006, she won gold at the Sub Junior Women National Championship.

In 2008, she again won gold at the Sub Junior Women National Championship.

In 2009, Sarjubala won silver at Junior Women National Championship.

In 2010, she won gold at National boxing Championships in Bhopal.

In 2011, Sarjubala won two golds at National Boxing Championships, Bhopal, gold at Youth National Championships, India, and another gold at AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships, Antalya.

In 2014, she won silver at Women World Boxing Championship in Jeju City, Korea.

It was a very difficult journey for Sarjubala to even come close to her dreams. Her family was not an affluent one and she had to fight tooth and nails, to find her way out of poverty. In spite of such dire situations, she showed an infallible strength of character and determination.

The coach of the Indian team, Anoop Kumar says that he thinks there is talent enough in Sarjubala to become a World Champion. He said- “She’s an incredible fighter. She’s got lots of drive, lots of talent and I’ve really never seen anyone work harder. She’s already won the Youth World Championship in 2011, and I think she’s just a step away from doing the same at the Senior World Championships.”

Sarjubala is very polite and soft-spoken by nature, but she packs a fountain of courage.

She hold Mary Kom in high esteem and considers her to be her idol. She was quoted saying- “Every day, Mary Kom came and taught me new things. I trained with her, watched how much work she can do. I always wanted to work as much as she wanted. I want to be like her.”

When told that she is considered the next significant boxer after Mary Kom in India and asked her thoughts about it, she replied- “I really don’t know about the expectations from the boxing lovers of the country, but Mary didi is my role model and it is because of her exploits in the ring that I got inspired to take up boxing way back in 2004 in Imphal.”

Sarjubala considers her power-packed punches to be strong points. She joking mentioned that even her coach calls her a ‘Punching Machine’. She mentioned that her small height is a weakness for her. She has to work twice as hard against boxers who are taller than her.

When asked about her family, she mentioned that her father works as the driver of a water tank in Imphal. She had a younger sister who expired a few years back and she has a younger brother. She wants her boxing to keep her family happy.

This simple girl who is being heralded “The Next Mary Kom” is an inspiration to many in the way in which she fought up her way from poverty and has established herself as one of the leading women boxers of India.

Neeraj Chopra : The Champion

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

Neeraj Chopra (born 24 December 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete competing in the javelin throw. He won a gold medal in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also set a world junior record.

He had won the gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23 m, which equalled the Indian national record. Despite these performances, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut off date was 11 July. He is from the Khandra Village, Panipat, Haryana in India. He is currently coached by Garry Calvert. Neeraj won gold medal in Asian Athletic championships 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters.

Neeraj Chopra registered a season best effort of 86.47 meters in men’s javelin throw at 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG). With that, Chopra not only joined an elite list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their Commonwealth Games debut, but also became the first Indian to triumph in Javelin Throw at CWG.