Indian Olympic medal winners’ tryst with children

September 8th, 2008 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 8 (IANS) “How did you feel after winning the Olympics medal?” “Are you getting help from the government?” - these posers came not from journalists, but from school children Monday. And at the receiving end were Beijing Games bronze medallists - pugilist Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar.On a day’s visit to the city, the two medal winners spent two hours with students of the Purushottam Bhagchandka School, with a huge number of reporters, photo journalists and electronic camerapersons in tow - a testimony to their new-found stardom after the Olympics.

The two visited classrooms, chatted with the children, teachers and fans who managed to sneak in, after being greeted with bouquets by the students.

“We wake up very early. Then we have to follow a rigorous exercise regime. Taking the right food in adequate quantity is also very important,” said Vijender, who finished third in the Middleweight (75 kg) category at Beijing.

The student who wanted to know the secret for maintaining such a physique, seemed over the moon at having received the answer from Vijender.

Sushil, who clinched the bronze in 66 kg freestyle at Beijing, did most of the talking.

“I am very excited. Its great to be with children. They are so innocent,” said Sushil.

To another query from a small boy who wanted to know his feelings moments after winning the medal, Sushil said: “It was a great feeling. After all, you are bringing glory to your country. I remembered my parents, my countrymen.”

Responding to the query on the extent of government help he has received, Sushil gave a guarded reply: “The government is now helping me a lot.”

The duo was felicitated and presented mementos by the school authorities.

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