THE HARYANA authorities has appointed kabaddi participant Kavita Devi and wrestler Babita Phogat as deputy administrators within the Sports and Youth Affairs Department.
The transfer got here virtually six years after Devi (30) gained a gold medal as a part of the Indian girls’s kabaddi crew on the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and two years after she and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medalist Phogat moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court over not being given ‘A’ class posts as per the sports activities coverage. Phogat had withdrawn her petition earlier than becoming a member of BJP in 2019 and combating final 12 months’s state Assembly elections.
Soon after the excessive court issued discover in revival of their contempt petition, the Haryana sports activities and youth affairs division principal secretary issued two separate orders on July 29, appointing the 2 gamers to the submit of deputy director (sports activities) below the Haryana Outstanding Sports (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2018. Both gamers have to hitch the division inside a month and adjust to 15 tips together with a bar on industrial endorsements.
Devi is a local of Padana village in Jind district. A five-time worldwide medalist and a 17-time medalist for Haryana on the nationwide stage, she needed to look ahead to greater than six years to get the job, and combat a two-year-long court battle. She was a part of the Indian girls’s kabaddi crew that had defeated Iran within the last on the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
While Devi, whose father Ram Mehar Singh labored as a cart puller at her village, had acquired Rs 2 crore as per the amended sports activities coverage in 2014, she mentioned, “I could have not spoken after I got the cash award. But it was about getting my due from the state government. While most of the medalists of the Asian Games/CWG Games were given category ‘A’ jobs, some were denied and that’s why I approached the high court in 2018. During the four years after I won the gold medal at Incheon, I had expected to be given a job as per sports policy but repeated pleas with the government were of no avail. It was very frustrating for me and today’s appointment order has made me forget all the mental agony,” she mentioned.
Devi had additionally gained medals on the junior stage in wrestling nationals from 2003 to 2005, whereas she pursued kabaddi on the CBSM Sports School, Nidani. After being a member of the Haryana crew which gained the silver medal at junior nationals at Jharkhand in 2005, Devi went on to play for the senior Haryana crew until 2018 in a 13-year-long profession in kabaddi, with her final worldwide look being at Incheon in 2014.
In 2015, she gave delivery to a daughter adopted by the delivery of one other daughter early this 12 months. “My father used to ferry goods on the cart in our village and it was on the insistence of director Daleep Singh Malik and former DGP MS Malik that I started wrestling. While I won medals in wrestling, I also tried kabaddi and winning medals brought joy to my father. I got married in 2010 and my husband Raju Shehrawat has been my pillar of strength. When I got injured in 2012, my coach Ranbir Singh motivated me a lot and winning the gold medal at Incheon was due to the efforts of all. Being appointed in the sports department, I am looking towards working for the betterment of sports in the state and also to spot talent from rural areas so that they can win medals at the international level,” mentioned the graduate from Khalsa College, Yamunanagar.
Phogat grew to become a family identify within the nation after the success of Hindi movie ‘Dangal’, which is predicated on the lives of her and her sister, each champion wrestlers, and their father who coached them towards all odds. Last 12 months, she had misplaced within the state Assembly elections to unbiased candidate Somvir Sangwan for the Charkhi Dadri seat. Incidentally, she was a sub-inspector with Haryana Police and had sought appointment as a DSP. Reacting to the order, she mentioned she would work for the betterment of gamers. “I am thankful to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for giving me this opportunity and I will aim to do my best under this new role. Our Sports Minister Sandeep Singh is working for the betterment of sports in the state and that will be our target. There are plenty of areas where we can excel further and I am glad that as a sports official, I can help the Haryana players,” mentioned Phogat.
Asked in what areas she feels there’s scope for additional enchancment, Phogat mentioned, “As a sports person, I do not want that our players should face the problems that we had to face, be it related to diet, coaches or players’ practice.”
Devi had filed the case in Punjab and Haryana High Court in August 2018 after she was not given a job as per the 2013-2014 sports activities coverage. “Haryana government had advertised for posts as per 2013-2014 policy in 2015, but in 2017, it changed the policy and sportspersons had to start the process of applying again,” mentioned the kabaddi participant’s lawyer, advocate Aftab Singh Khara.
In 2018, the federal government made it obligatory to get the shape signed by the respective nationwide federation however Kavita couldn’t get the shape signed due to election of the Kabaddi Federation of India and different points within the federation. “In 2018, we approached the high court, and the court directed the Haryana government to get my documents verified within a month in 2019. When the department of sports failed to do so, we filed a contempt petition and the department got the forms verified and assured the needful would be done within four weeks. After a year, we again filed revival of contempt after no action was taken. On July 24, 2020, notice in the revival of contempt was issued, post which the Haryana sports department issued the appointment order,” mentioned Khara.