Manjit Singh made history in the Asian Games by winning a gold medal in the 800-meter race. He doesn’t have a permanent job and the contract he had with ONGC wasn’t renewed.
“He has no permanent job. The state government has snubbed his achievements time and again. He has applied for a job with the state government several times, but to no avail,” Manjit’s father Randhir Singh Chahal told the Times of India. “I hope now the government will not reject him now,”he added.
Manjit has a very struggling story behind him. The runner had once decided to give up because of a hamstring injury. He was considered too old to run but his coach Amris motivated him and the result is here.
“People said he’s too old, 26, 27. I said yahi to time hai karneka, jab log kehte hai ki tum nahi kar sakte ho (the best time to do it is when people say you can’t).” He asked Manjit, “Ghar ko bhulega (will you forget about your home)?” Manjit’s reply gave him all he needed to hear: “Sir, main bhooloonga. Kya aap bhoologe (I will forget sir, but will you)?”
After winning the gold medal in Asian Games 2018, whole India lauded Manjit. He made everyone proud.
Cricket fraternity also dropped tweets for the gold medalist.
Here is what they wrote:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 28, 2018
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 28, 2018
Another glorious day for India 🇮🇳! Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 , #ManjitSingh, #PinckyBalhara, #MalaprabhaJadhav, #JinsonJhonson, #MuhammedAnas, #MRPoovamma, #HimaDas & #ArokiaRajiv for making proud! #AsianGame2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/zMiHvuHbP2
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 28, 2018
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 28, 2018
— Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) August 28, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 28, 2018
What a stunning GOLD for #ManjitSingh . Great rush in the end to come from 4th to 1st.
Also great performance by Jinson Johnson on the silver [email protected] same event. Was some truly awesome stuff from these two #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/Clcf0SAHfI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 28, 2018