Guwahati, Jan 21: Jyoti has literally proved to be the ‘light’ for the Yadav family from Haryana when she broke multiple youth national records to lift the gold at the ongoing Khelo India Youth Games here, and strode further to fulfilling her elder brother Manilal’s dreams in weightlifting.
Manilal Yadav from Haryana was making giant strides in weightlifting, winning various competitions and was on track for a fruitful career. However, financial responsibilities of the family cut short Manilal’s career. But, weightlifting didn't end there for the Yadav family as Manilal's sister Jyoti soon stepped into the sport. Now, Jyoti is a Khelo India Youth Games gold medallist in the 76kg category (U-17) and a youth national record holder.
The 16-year-old broke the snatch youth national record with a score of 73, the clean and jerk youth national record with a score of 106 and the total youth national record with a score of 179 at the Khelo India Youth Games yesterday. “The gold medal is all thanks to my brother and coach. I have been practicing for the last two years. I am very happy about winning the gold and breaking the youth national records. I used to tag along with my brother when he went to the stadium to practice. I would keep seeing him practice weightlifting and keep thinking about when I would get a chance to do the same," said a smiling Jyoti.
The Haryana weightlifter had asked her brother if she could also train with him at a very young age, but Manilal wanted to wait until Jyoti turned thirteen. "She had told me at a young age that even she wants to lift weights. But I told her to wait for a while. When she turned 13, I introduced her to weightlifting. She picked up the sport very fast and now she has broken the record as well. I am very proud of her. However, all the credit goes to Jyoti's coach, who was my coach as well. He has laid the platform for me and Jyoti to perform in weightlifting," said a proud brother. Manilal said his family faced financial constraints while procuring equipment for himself and Jyoti's weightlifting career. However, their coach found a way for them.
"My father used to be a driver, but he doesn't work anymore because he is quite old now. So, I look after all the expenses of the house. We faced financial constraints while procuring equipment in the beginning. Our coach took us to the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon and he helped us. Now, I have bought new equipment with my own money recently," said Manilal, who has let out some houses on rent in order to generate income for his family. Manilal has set high targets for his sister. He would like to see Jyoti participate in international tournaments this year and achieve everything that he couldn't achieve. (UNI)