Don’t care about the world, my coach is important for me: Krishna Poonia

first_imgDiscus champion Krishna Poonia revealed her success story at the India Today Woman Summit 2018 on WednesdayKrishna opened up on the hardships she faced during her career before attaining success in world tournaments like the Commonwealth Games.The 2010 CWG in New Delhi saw Poonia clinch the gold medal with a throw of 61.51 metres. It was the first time a female athlete won a track and field gold in the history of the Games.While the whole country celebrated her success, Poonia rued the fact that an athlete comes into notice only after he/she wins a medal.The adversities that athletes face before gaining success doesn’t come into notice and that is where India is lagging behind.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW”In our country, only when an athlete wins it matters. People don’t see the results otherwise. We cannot climb the first step and jump on the final step from there. My coach instilled a lot of confidence in me.”Whenever I couldn’t perform well he used to tell me it doesn’t matter if I have an off tournament once in a while as long as I’m giving it everything in training,” Poonia said at the India Today Woman Summit.Poonia also gave the examples of Asian Games stars Hima Das and Swapna Barman, who clinched medals for the country in Jakarta last month.”Till the time you don’t get a medal in the Olympics you won’t get the proper facilities. Unfortunately that is the truth in our country. You see Hima Das, where she was raised and how she trained despite adversities.advertisement”When she proved herself on the big stage everybody got to know about her but before that she was unknown. Did we find that talent or contribute in her rise?. Just like Hima there was Swapna Barman. I don’t know why the system is like this but till the time you don’t get a medal you won’t matter. Except for shooting if you look at the other sports like athletics, hockey etc, all those athletes come from rural areas,” Poonia said.The 36-year-old Poonia, who hails from Agroha, also revealed how she had to struggle even buy throwing shoes which her coach and guru Virender Singh Poonia got for her from abroad.”When my son was born at that time my husband Virender went for World Railway and brought throw shoes for me. Those shoes were not available in our country at that time. Those shoes used to tear up from the bottom.”Everytime I had to get it repaired from the cobbler using rubber tyres. We had to face problems even before buying these kind of shoes which costed around Rs 7000-8000 which we didn’t even earn while working. But when the medals started coming we got everything,” Poonia said.India has a long way to go before the country can expect more medals at the Olympics.Poonia gave her point of view on what all needs to be done to improve the system in our country so that athletes who come from humble backgrounds don’t have to struggle like the way she did in her career.”We need to have games like the CWG in our country. There are some Games which picked up post that. I credit the Central and Haryana Govt because they supported us by providing us with jobs thereafter as well. When their support became public knowledge, people started believing that yes, sports is a good career choice. But we need facilities and coaches.”I didn’t have any doctors or therapists from 2006-2017. I have no idea which food supplements to take. There was no one to guide me. So, how can you say why we win such less medals. Abroad, seven people tend to one athlete, and here we have one coach for an athlete if we’re lucky.”We don’t need a programme like beti padhao betoi bachao programme, we need to speak up against the small little things that happen in everyday life. I am woman and I’m proud of it,” Poonia said.Poonia also narrated an incident back in 2010 when she beat up a couple of eve teasers who were harassing girls at a railways crossing in in Rajasthan’s Churu district.”In 2010, I was walking by and there were two girls in class 9-10 being eve-teased by some boys on a bike, who were drunk. I ran out of my car and I slapped the boy. There was a bus stop there, an ambulance and other people there as well, But no one stepped up.advertisement”When I asked the girls to file an FIR, they refused because they said their parents will stop them from leaving the house. So, I spoke to their parents and asked them not to curb their daughters’ freedom when it wasn’t their daughters’ fault,” Poonia narrated.last_img read more