Father battling cancer but my family allowed me to chase my dream: Tajinderpal Singh

first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor on Saturday created a new Games Record to clinch the men’s shot put gold at the Asian Games 2018.Tajinder threw the iron ball to 20.75m in his fifth attempt. It bettered a six-year old mark, set by Om Prakash Karhana (20.69m).The journey, however, to the gold medal hasn’t been an easy one for the athlete with his father battling cancer for last two years. But Tajinderpal didn’t let anything stop him in his tracks as he remained strong in pursuit of his passion and all the sacrifices made, finally paid off.Tajinder said the feat means a lot to him and his family.”This medal is my biggest achievement because a lot of sacrifices have been made. For the last two years, my father (Karam Singh) has been battling with cancer. My family though never let me get distracted. They allowed me to chase my dream. A lot of sacrifices have been made by my family and friends and all those have paid off today,” said Tajinder.Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with games record”My family never pressurized to attend my father in hospital and it was always my friends who took care of all the hospital formalities in my absence. I have not gone home much in this period since I was training in Dharamsala,” the burly athlete, who trains with MS Dhillon, said.”Now I will meet my dad but I will be there for only two days. I have to get ready for the next challenge. My coach Dhillon also needs to be credited for the hard work put in by him,” he said.advertisementAsian Games 2018, Day 7: HighlightsTajinder also added that he did not think of winning gold and his target was to breach the 21m mark.”I had just one aim in mind. I wanted to clear 21 metre. I did not think of gold. But I am happy with this. I was trying hard to break the national record for the last 2-3 years and it happened today, that too with a Meet record,” Tajinder said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more