The Hush Post: Harish Kumar represented India in Sepak Takraw and won the bronze medal at the Asian Games 2018. After coming back from Jakarta from the 18th Asian Games, nothing has changed for Harish. He has again started selling tea at New Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tilla.
Son of an auto-rickshaw driver, Harish sells tea in Delhi to make ends meet. Later he leaves for practice in the afternoon.
— InUth (@InUthdotcom) September 7, 2018
Various state governments promised cash rewards and government jobs to the Asiad medallists. However, Harish Kumar continues with his struggles, hoping for a job.
Harish says, “I have many family members and there is a very meagre source of income. I help my father at the tea shop to support my family. I dedicate four hours every day between 2 to 6 for my practice. For my future, I want to get a good job to support my family.”
“I started playing this sport from 2011. My coach Hemraj brought me into this sport. We also used to play with a tyre when my coach Hemraj spotted me and introduced me to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Thereafter I started receiving monthly funds and kits. I practice every day and will keep on doing it to bring more laurels for my country,” he said.
Harish’s mother, Indira Devi said, “I have brought up my kids with a lot of struggle. His father is an auto-driver and we have a small tea shop. My son also works at tea shop to assist his father. I am thankful to his coach Hemraj who has supported my kid to achieve this accomplishment.”
Harish’s brother Dhawan while speaking of the struggle the family went through, said, “There were times when we did not have money to pay our rent. His coach Hemraj took him under his training and admitted him to the stadium. Later Sports Authority of India supported us by giving monthly finances and sports kits. I also urge the government to give my brother a government job so that he can support our family.”