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December 8, 2019
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India: Gold-medalist boxer working as garbage collector

KANPUR: Yet another case has been identified which shows the apathy faced by sportsmen in India, a state-level boxer has been spotted working as garbage collector to earn his bread and butter.

Kamal Kumar Valmiki, who claims to have won three district-level gold medals in early ’90s, also works as a part-time rickshaw-puller, the Times of India reported on Thursday.

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 “I won three district-level gold medals besides a bronze in Uttar Pradesh State Boxing Championships. But I could not make it big as I used to struggle when it came to controlling my anger,” he said.

“I wanted to become a coach but could not as I was financially constrained. So I decided to take up these jobs to support me and my family,” he added.

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Kamal has four sons and he wants at least two of them to take up boxing to realise his unrealised dream.

 “I hope the government could provide me a small loan with which I would do something of my own and support my family,” he said.