With Sumit boxing, it's a bumper harvest now | Cover Story | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Fun and games
    July 13, 2013
    Bombay Gymkhana first opened its doors strictly to moneyed Britishers.
  • Join the married club
    July 13, 2013
    For India's swish set, the ideal mate has an Ivy League education, a successful career, a six-figure salary, and an exclusive club membership.
  • The sacred club creed
    July 13, 2013
    Clubs are the new cathedrals of absolute authority. Watch how obsessively antiquated rules are observed.
More in this Section
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
Olympic boxing

With Sumit boxing, it's a bumper harvest now

LIFE AS USUAL: Sumit Sangwan's parents, Surender and Anita, remain untouched by all the sudden attention they are getting after their son made it to the Olympics

Sumit Sangwan regularly called his parents from London to enquire how the paddy crop was doing. For the Haryanvi teenager, boxing is a means to a better life.

In Shekhpura Sohna village in Haryana's Karnal district, they don't bask in their son's glory and remain down to earth. At the moment though, they are angry at the refereeing that resulted in their son Sumit Sangwan's shock first round exit from the Olympic boxing competition.

The 19-year-old Sumit is the second youngest member in the Indian squad at London, but his parents - Surender and Anita Sangwan - remain untouched by his rise. They continue to toil in their four-acre paddy farm.

Ask the father about Sumit's feats and all he says is that they are happy because now their son need not work in the field to live a good life. He adds that nobody from their family had ever visited the city except to procure agriculture inputs, but Sumit charted a new course for himself and has been abroad too.

When we met him before the Olympics, Surender was ensuring that water flowed freely into the paddy fields by carving out a path with a spade, while his mother Anita was cutting grass for their livestock on a fodder cutter machine.

"Success has not gone to Sumit's head. Even though my son is in London, he calls us every morning asking about the status of paddy crops, " reveals the mother, and adds, "We always sound positive when Sumit asks us about the paddy so that he can remain focussed on his sport. "

Surender reveals how they didn't want their sons to carry on farming, and hence insisted on a good education. He adds that with the passage of time the size of their field has shrunk and are today left with only four acres, which was not sufficient to help the lead a comfortable life.

With limited sources of earning, the parents began looking out for alternative professions for sons, Sumit and Amit. It was then that uncle Vinod Sangwan suggested a boxing career for Sumit who was active and physically strong. He even recommended a Delhi-based academy for his grooming as a boxer. That proved the turning point in Sumit's life and he has never looked back.

"We could afford the training expenditure of only one of our sons and Amit who was also willing to become a boxer had to cut short his dreams and joined me in farming, " Surender adds. He further said that recently he got a letter from the Railways offering Sumit a job, and they realised that their dreams were getting some shape.

Reader's opinion (1)

S.n.karwanyun Aug 6th, 2012 at 07:11 AM

Down to earth approach of Sumit's parents to problems of life is very realistic but not good for future of sports.

Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik | MensXP.com


itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service