He dedicated his victory to his father, who is suffering from cancer
Tejinder Pal Singh Toor set aside the disappointment of not being able to attend his cancer-ridden father, shattering the Asian Games record to open India’s gold medal account even as several national records tumbled on the opening day of the athletics competition.
Tejinderpal, the burly shot-putter from Moga, Punjab, broke the Asian Games record in the shot put event, throwing 20.75 in his fifth attempt. For the 23-year-old gold medal winner, however, the road to success has been laden with passion and sacrifice. He dedicated his victory to his father, who is suffering from cancer. My family never pressurises me to attend to my father in the hospital, and it was always my friends who took care of all the hospital formalities in my absence. I haven’t gone home much in this period since I was training in Dharamshala,” he told after his gold medal win. Employed by the Indian Navy under its sports quota, Tejinder’s family have thanked it for helping them pay for Sardar Karam’s treatment.
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