After battling several odds and fighting various issues, young Divya Kakran wrestled her way to a historic bronze medal in the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018, co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang. In the repechage round, Divya defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling by technical superiority to bag the bronze and finish on the podium.
Just like her strong mental and physical approach in wrestling, the 20-year old wrestler gave an insight to her no holds barred attitude at a recent event organised in the national capital to facilitate Asian Games medal winners.
Divya openly criticized the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi government for providing no support to their sportspersons and not treating them fairly. The young grappler added that she could have changed the colour of medal to gold at the Games with proper help from the government authorities.
“You’ve gathered us today to congratulate us but there’s no support provided when we need it most. If we’re given that support at the right time then we can even win gold,” Divya said.
“I’d won a medal at the Commonwealth Games (in Gold Coast, Australia, earlier this year) and you had told me that I will receive more help going forward. I gave all the help I needed in writing but even my phone calls were not answered,” Kakran told Kejriwal in front of other medal winners and government officials.
Belongs to a humble background, Divya has battled several odds and adversities to make a name for herself in the world of wrestling. She won the national championship and has consistently performed well at various events.
However, despite doing well she was not provided any help by Kejriwal-led Delhi government. After returning back home from Indonesia, disappointed Divya wasted no time in pointing out the flaws in the system and expressed her feelings at the felicitation ceremony.
“At times I didn’t even have enough glucose to quench my thirst after practice, but I had the determination to do something and big so I would drink water and get back on the mat,” Divya told ABP News in an interview.
“When I was preparing for the Asian Games, we had approached Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for help, I told him about my torrid financial condition they even assured me of help but to no avail. Till date I haven’t received any support from the Delhi government,” she added.
The Delhi wrestler after not being considered for help by the Kejriwal government started playing for the Uttar Pradesh state team and from there she managed to make the cut for the Asian Games before making the country proud in Indonesia.
Later the Delhi CM also was quick to point out the flaws of the central government saying his policies meet dead ends due to politics at the higher level. “You’ll must have read in newspapers how there are obstacles being put in front of the work we try to do. What you’re saying is right. Not just you, many athletes come to us with similar complaints. However, whichever policies we have drafted until now have been shunted for some reason or the other at the higher level. The felicitation we’re doing today is only because of the Supreme Court’s recent judgement,” Kejriwal said.
During the ceremony, Kejriwal also announced that the prize money for the state players who won medals at Asian games will be increased. The prize money of gold medalists has been raised from 20 lakhs to 1 crore, silver medalists will now be entitled to an amount of 75 lakhs instead of 14 lakhs. The bronze medal winners also got a raise from existing 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs.