Asian Games medalist wrestler slams Delhi CM Kejriwal for not supporting when players need it most

Divya Kakran, the 19-year-old bronze medalist wrestler in the recently concluded Asian Games in Jakarta has slammed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for not supporting her when she needed it most. According to reports, Kakran told Arvind Kejriwal at the felicitation ceremony today that had she got the kind of help she needed, she would have won a gold medal for the country.

In the video shared by media outlets, Divya is seen stating directly to Delhi CM Kejriwal that it is good that the government is organising a ceremony and announcing financial support for the medal winners but many players struggle with poverty and difficulties when they are preparing. She adds that it is then that they need the most help. She is seen telling the Delhi CM that her coach had to spend money from his own pocket to give her nutritious food. She says that many players who have immense talent and willpower to perform better and win medals for the nation miss out because they lack a proper support system and facilities.

Divya said to Kejriwal that when she had won a medal earlier this year at Gold Coast in Australia in the Commonwealth Games, Kejriwal had told her that she will get all the necessary help needed to prepare for Asian Games. She stated that despite her conveying his office regarding the help she needed in writing and she had recieved no response. She also added that even her phone calls went unanswered.

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According to reports, Divya comes from extremely modest backgrounds and as she says in the video, she did not even have money to afford Glucose. Divya had reportedly decided to represent Uttar Pradesh after getting no support from the Delhi government.

Divya had won a bronze medal in the 68-kg freestyle category after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the Jakarta Asian Games on August 21.

Divya was one of the many athletes invited to the felicitation ceremony by the Delhi government. CM Kejriwal has announced that he will increase the prize money being awarded to medal winners in the Asian Games.

Indian sportspersons have registered a stellar performance in the recently concluded Asian Games. India has won a total of 69 medals, including 15 gold medals in various events.


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