Without funding, financial aid or support, pole vaulter Devraj Singh works as a security guard in the National Capital Defense Colony to make ends meet.
File image of Devraj Singh. Twitter / ANI
A young pole vaulter from Rajasthan worked as a security guard to keep his sporting dreams alive. Devraj Singh, originally from the village of Mali Khera in Rajasthan, moved to New Delhi in 2019 in hopes of one day representing the country in the pole vault.
It has now been two years but the 23-year-old has not found a suitable place to live or play the sport. Singh is also facing financial problems with the necessary expenses for the pole vault. It seems like participating in any international tournament is a far-fetched goal for him now.
Without funding, financial aid or support, the pole vaulter works as a security guard in the National Capital Defense Colony to make ends meet. Despite the problems, Devraj does not give up his dream of representing India at the international level.
“I dream of doing well in pole vault at the Olympics and international tournaments but I have no money. So I have to work as a security guard at night to make money,” said Devraj Singh at ANI.
Devraj dreams of representing the country one day at the Olympics. So far India has not seen any athlete competing in the pole vault event at the Summer Games. Speaking to the news agency, Devraj said he did not get any support from his family or friends and it had a huge impact on his practice.
As Devraj faces challenges assembling facilities and equipment at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, he said he has sought help from relevant officials. The young athlete claimed that for the pole vault one needs suitable shoes, otherwise it can lead to serious injuries to the feet. But he hasn’t received any help so far.
Expressing interest in the Federation Cup due to take place in March next year, Devraj expressed concern about his preparations. The athlete will soon be seen competing in the 81st India Interuniversity Athletics Championship. The event is scheduled to take place January 4-7 in Moodbidri near Mangalore in Karnataka.