Sonepat (Haryana), July 19
Can the fortunes of a village be linked to the Olympic success of a wrestler? Properly, at the least the 15,000 odd folks dwelling within the Nahri village in Sonepat district suppose so.
A village that struggles to get potable consuming water, manages family work with only a two-hour electrical energy provide, doesn’t have correct sewage strains and within the identify of facilities has only one veterinary hospital to indicate, desperately desires Ravi Dahiya to return from Tokyo with a medal.
The quiet and shy Ravi, son of a farmer, is the third Olympian to emerge from this village after Mahavir Singh (1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles) and Amit Dahiya (London 2012).
However why do the villagers suppose that Nahri’s future will change if the 24-year-old Ravi wins a medal. Properly, there’s a small story behind it.
Mahavir Singh was requested by the then Chief Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal what was his want after he represented the nation twice on the Olympics and he requested an animal hospital within the village.
The CM obliged and a hospital was established.
The villagers now have a agency perception that if Ravi does properly in Tokyo, Nahri will get some highlight and the federal government may present some improvement initiatives to the place, the place 4000 households stay.
“This village has given the nation three Olympians. There’s something within the soil of the land. We’re positive Ravi will win a medal and together with his success, the event of the village will even start,” mentioned Sunil Kumar Dahiya, the Sarpanch of Nahri.
“There is no such thing as a good hospital right here. We’ve got to go to Sonepat or Narela. There is no such thing as a stadium. We’ve got constructed a mini stadium however there is no such thing as a mat, no academy, no coach. If there are services, the children of this village can get higher lives.” The villagers have pinned their improvement hopes on Ravi however his success has a lot to do with the sacrifices and ethical steerage of 1 man, his father Rakesh Kumar Dahiya.
Rakesh has been toiling onerous within the farm fields, taken on lease, for years and by no means let the struggles are available means of Ravi’s coaching.
Rakesh will himself carry milk and butter to Chhatrasal Stadium, about 60kms away from Nahri, each single day with out fail to make sure that his son will get one of the best weight-reduction plan.
The routine means Rakesh would get up 3:30 am, stroll about 5kms to the closest Railway station, get down at Azadpur after which stroll one other 2kms to the Chhatrasal Stadium, the place Ravi educated beneath Mahabali Satpal.
After coming again, Rakesh would work within the fields and it continued for 12 years until the COVID-19 induced lockdown halted the routine in 2020.
Rakesh ensured that Ravi learns to respect the sacrifices his household has made. He narrated an incident when he made Ravi eat white butter that he had spilled on the ground by mistake.
“His mom made butter for him and I used to be carrying that with me in a bowl. Ravi titled the bowl to eliminate water and ended up spilling all of the butter within the floor.
“I informed him that we handle his weight-reduction plan with nice issue and also you have to be cautious. I informed him, you’ll be able to’s let it go waste and he needed to choose the butter from the bottom and eat,” Rakesh mentioned with pleasure in his eyes that he taught his son a invaluable lesson.
Ravi was six years outdated when his father launched him to the game. He would carry with him to fields, the place his buddy Hansraj ran an Akhada.
“He has solely dreamt of profitable an Olympic medal because the starting. He is aware of nothing else,” mentioned Rakesh.
Ravi’s uncle Anil Dahiya, who’s a constable in Delhi Police, additionally shared how his nephew is so focussed.
“Sooner or later when he was again residence, I requested him to study motorbike however he refused, saying he doesn’t want it. Properly, he’s a younger man however nothing pursuits him besides wrestling. He doesn’t wish to purchase new garments, footwear, nothing, all he talks about is wrestling,” Anil.
His constant focus means that he’s now a two-time Asian Champion. He booked his Olympic ticket by profitable a bronze on the 2019 World Championship.
Whereas Ravi could also be a shy man however what he cannot tolerate is dishonest and could be very aggressive.
“At 2016 Delhi senior state, his rival intentionally broke his right-hand center finger. He was in great ache. However he informed me ‘competitors predominant ab lad nahi payunga par chacha iss ko to hara okay hello chhodunga.’ And he beat him earlier than withdrawing,” he mentioned.
The Nahri village additionally vouches for his father’s honesty and strongly believes that his good deeds are additionally serving to his son.
In 2018, the wheat harvest in 10 out of Rakesh’s 20 ‘keela’ was burnt attributable to a fault of the tractor provider. Whereas different villagers extracted compensation of the tune of Rs 15000 per keela from him, Rakesh did nothing of that kind.
“‘Jo hua so hua’, I couldn’t demand cash from him. And the villagers now suppose God has rewarded me by giving success to Ravi,” he mentioned.
Nahri has seen each Amit Dahiya and Ravi battle it out on international lands by utilizing the batteries of their tractors.
Ravi’s uncle Rajesh, who’s an Assistant Commandant within the BSF, tells an fascinating story.
“Since we’d not have common electrical energy provide, we’d collect across the farm tractors and use the tractor battery to get present for the tv set. We watched the 2012 Olympics like this on Doordarshan.
“Now there are inverters and we additionally watch bouts on UWW web site, utilizing our cellphones. We watched the 2015 World Championship additionally like this ,” mentioned Rajesh Solely time will inform if Ravi will return from Tokyo with a medal however Nahri is ready with bated breath. PTI