A father’s sacrifice to keep Udaivir’s fencing dream alive – The New Indian Express

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GANDHINAGAR: A few months ago, fencer Udaivir Singh was in Paris, France, to train at Levallois Sporting Club under coach Georges Karam, unaware of the biggest worry his father, Jaipal Singh, was confronted. Jaipal, a former boxer from India who won silver at the 1986 Asian Games, had exhausted all of his savings and had no money to transfer funds online to his son.

With no options available, Jaipal, who was awarded the Arjuna Award for his sporting achievements, decided to sell land he owns in Patiala, Punjab. “My monthly expenses here in France including rent, club and coaching fees are around Rs 2 lakh. a few months ago so he sold the land to make sure I don’t have any problems,” Udaivir told this daily after winning men’s individual epee gold here at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar during the National Games. In progress.

Given the reputation of coaches, fencers and infrastructure France has, Udaivir always wanted to train there and the dream came true in 2018 when he stayed there for around four months. He continued the process for the next two years by training in the country for four months a year and then returning. However, in September 2021, he decides to stay there permanently to make rapid advances in the world of fencing.

The decision increased his expenses but also improved him significantly as a fencer as a few months ago, along with Chingakham Singh, Sunil Kumar and Sathasivan Nirmala, he created history by winning gold by epee team at the Commonwealth Championships in London. They beat the Scottish fencers 45-44 in a hotly contested final.

“France has the best coaches and epee shooters. Continuously training there has helped me a lot because before I was intimidated by the reputation of my opponents. My coach, Georges Karam, felt it and m advised to work on my mindset. He also made me compete with the best fencers in the club to make sure I gained confidence. All these efforts have paid off, because I now feel that I am a person totally different when I’m on the fencing piste (the piste in the playing area where fencers take on each other during the fight),” Udaivir added.

It all started in 2009 when Udaivir was only 13 years old. Although his father was a noted boxer, he followed in his cousin’s footsteps to take up fencing. “My father took me to see my cousin in action and the sport fascinated me a lot. That’s when I decided to pursue it professionally. It’s not that I never tried boxing, but the fencing was my calling.”

Prior to the gold medal at the National Games, Udaivir won a gold medal in the individual and team events respectively at the Senior National Championships held in March this year. He also became the first male fencer in the country to finish in the top 32 at the epee World Cup in Switzerland last year. The next goal is to go further in the event scheduled for next month in the same country. “I will fly to France on October 8 and prepare there for the World Cup scheduled for next month. I hope this time I can improve my previous performance,” he added.

Given the financial constraints his father faces, Udaivir is also desperate for a government job under a sports quota. “It’s not easy in Punjab, but I hope this gold medal at the Games will work in my favor. I know I can’t survive like this, so I have to find a job as soon as possible,” said concluded Udaivir.

GANDHINAGAR: A few months ago, fencer Udaivir Singh was in Paris, France, to train at Levallois Sporting Club under coach Georges Karam, unaware of the biggest worry his father, Jaipal Singh, was confronted. Jaipal, a former boxer from India who won silver at the 1986 Asian Games, had exhausted all of his savings and had no money to transfer funds online to his son. With no options available, Jaipal, who was awarded the Arjuna Award for his sporting achievements, decided to sell land he owns in Patiala, Punjab. “My monthly expenses here in France including rent, club and coaching fees are around Rs 2 lakh. a few months ago so he sold the land to make sure I don’t have any problems,” Udaivir told this daily after winning men’s individual epee gold here at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar during the National Games. In progress. Given the reputation of coaches, fencers and infrastructure France has, Udaivir always wanted to train there and the dream came true in 2018 when he stayed there for around four months. He continued the process for the next two years by training in the country for four months a year and then returning. However, in September 2021, he decides to stay there permanently to make rapid advances in the world of fencing. The decision increased his expenses but also improved him significantly as a fencer as a few months ago, along with Chingakham Singh, Sunil Kumar and Sathasivan Nirmala, he created history by winning gold by epee team at the Commonwealth Championships in London. They beat the Scottish fencers 45-44 in a hotly contested final. “France has the best coaches and epee shooters. Continuously training there has helped me a lot because before I was intimidated by the reputation of my opponents. My coach, Georges Karam, felt it and m advised to work on my mindset. He also made me compete with the best fencers in the club to make sure I gained confidence. All these efforts have paid off, because I now feel that I am a person totally different when I’m on the fencing piste (the piste in the playing area where fencers take on each other during the fight),” Udaivir added. It all started in 2009 when Udaivir was only 13 years old. Although his father was a noted boxer, he followed in his cousin’s footsteps to take up fencing. “My father took me to see my cousin in action and the sport fascinated me a lot. That’s when I decided to pursue it professionally. It’s not that I never tried boxing, but the fencing was my calling.” Prior to the gold medal at the National Games, Udaivir won a gold medal in the individual and team events respectively at the Senior National Championships held in March this year. He also became the first male fencer in the country to finish in the top 32 at the epee World Cup in Switzerland last year. The next goal is to go further in the event scheduled for next month in the same country. “I will fly to France on October 8 and prepare there for the World Cup scheduled for next month. I hope this time I can improve my previous performance,” he added. Given the financial constraints his father faces, Udaivir is also desperate for a government job under a sports quota. “It’s not easy in Punjab, but I hope this gold medal at the Games will work in my favor. I know I can’t survive like this, so I have to find a job as soon as possible,” said concluded Udaivir.

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