Teenage boxer Sandeep Kaur made sure the India flag was flying high in Poland, when she won gold in the 52kg weight category, at the 13th International Silesian Boxing Championships for women. She won the medal in the junior section. Sandeep beat her opponent, Poland’s Karolina Ampuska, by a 5-0 margin in the summit clash.
Sandeep hails from Hassanpur village in Patiala. Sandeep just like many young athletes has not had it easy, family and fellow villagers have been telling her parents to force her to give up the sport, as it was not deemed as financially viable.
Sandeep’s father, Sardar Jasvir Singh drives an auto in the streets of Patiala, he was adamant that his daughter would not give up the sport she loved, boxing.
Sandeep’s uncle, Simranjit Singh, who used to box at a village academy, inspired her to take up the sport. “I used to go with my uncle to a boxing academy near our village when I was a child. At the academy, I saw several youngsters box, and gradually my interest in the sport grew.
I was 8 when I first picked up the boxing gloves and started training,” Sandeep told TOI. She trained under coach Sunil Kumar at the academy. Sandeep’s family had to face a lot of resistance over her taking up boxing by fellow villagers.