Delhi: Inspired by grandson, Najafgarh dadi, 94, on athletics gold hunt | Delhi News

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Bhagwani Devi Dagar is making India proud

NEW DELHI: Anyone can be ecstatic past perception to win a bronze medal at a world athletics championships. Not 94-year-old Bhagwani Devi Dagar. When she received a bronze in shot put on the World Masters Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland, she exclaimed that she did not like the color of the steel. But she would not be denied the color she favored. On July 10, defying her age, she grabbed a gold medal within the 100m dash earlier than incomes her third medal – one other bronze – within the discus throw on the occasion.
What can be outstanding about Dagar’s achievement isn’t solely her age however that she took up athletics solely in December final 12 months.
“I had won three gold medals in the state and national championships in India. So, I wasn’t familiar with the bronze colour and wasn’t happy with it,” smiled Dagar, who lives in Najafgarh.
Dagar, who has studied as much as Class V, considers her grandson, para athlete Vikas Dagar, her function mannequin. He can be her coach now.
“I used to look at the wall in our house that is adorned with my grandson’s pictures and certificates. Like him, I have earned medals for the country and it feels great,” she beamed. It was Vikas who handed her a shot put ball and although she wasn’t instantly enamoured, she requested for the iron ball the very subsequent morning.
Neither age nor bypass surgical procedure stops Najafgarh dadi from going for gold
Bhagwani Devi Dagar, 94, who returned with a medal haul from the World Masters Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland, trains mild and as for eating regimen, banks on good outdated ghar ka khana which incorporates milk, chapatis and pulses.
Dagar started her coaching solely round six months in the past underneath the steering of her grandson, 38-year-old Vikas, a para athlete. After he handed her the shot put questioning what she would make of it, “my grandmother said she wanted to throw the iron ball and I realised she had an innate interest”, stated Vikas. “I took her to Kakrola Stadium, thinking let’s see how much she can do.”
There was no trying again for the nonagenarian. Four months after stepping on the stadium turf and taking over sprints, shot put and discus, Dagar received three gold medals within the Delhi state masters championships on April 1-2 and three extra within the nationwide masters championships on April 26-May 2. She had come a good distance from her indulgence in kabaddi as a baby in her paternal village of Khedka, in Haryana.
The individuals who crowded to congratulate Dagar on her return to Delhi on Tuesday maybe don’t realise what number of challenges she has overcome to grow to be a world champion. When she was 29 years outdated and pregnant, she misplaced her husband. Her daughter died on the age of 11 and in 2007, Dagar underwent a bypass surgical procedure.
Unlike different athletics who spend hours each day in rigorous coaching, the elder star practises for an hour two-three days every week. “At her age, we think warm-up exercises and sessions on techniques are adequate,” stated Vikas, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee. “We don’t do rigorous training because my grandmother could suffer injuries due to her age.”
Dagar, after all, makes it a degree to stay match and wholesome. Starting her day at 6am, each day, she walks 2km every morning and night. “Our house is three-storied and I have to use the stairs to reach the terrace to water the plants,” stated Dagar. She eats solely home-cooked meals and says, “I survive on desi khana and love milk, pulses, chapatis, vegetables and fruits.”
The high-spirited lady needs to subsequent win gold within the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championship to be held in Poland in March subsequent 12 months. She has an impish nature and when requested why she didn’t smile for photographers, she quipped that she had no tooth. Then, in grandmotherly style, she added, “I want today’s children to run and jump a lot.” Amen!


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