Thursday, 8 July 2010

India honour first Olympic medalist, name CWG wresting stadium after him

The newly constructed wrestling stadium within Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium complex has been named as K.D. Jadhav Wrestling Stadium in the memory of late Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav. Jadhav was independent India's first individual Olympic medalist, when he won the wrestling bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games held at Helsinki. He was awarded Arjuna Award posthumously in 2000.

The new wrestling stadium is one of the venues for 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Ranjeet Khashaba Jadhav son of Late Shri K.D. Jadhav was present on the occasion and was felicitated by Dr. Gill with a shawl, silver plaque in appreciation and recognition of achievements of his illustrious father. He was also given Rs. 3 lakh from National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons.

Since 1900, when Norman Pritchard won two silver medals in athletics, India had won gold medals only in field hockey, a team sport. For nearly half a century, he remained the only individual medal winner for India at the Olympics until Leander Paes won a bronze in 1996.

While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Gill, said that it was his desire to give due recognition to the achievements of Late Shri K.D. Jadhav, and hence, this magnificent wrestling stadium has been christened after his name. He further said that Jadhav has been always remembered as the winner of independent India's first individual Olympic medal , when he won the wrestling bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games held at Helsinki. Hailing from a wrestling background, Jadhav was an ardent fan of sports, mainly wrestling, kabaddi, running, swimming and others. His father, a wrestler himself taught Jadhav about the sport and despite being the youngest in the family managed to grasp the game and outclassed everyone. He had started his wrestling competitions from State Championship by winning Gold medal followed by All India Inter-University Gold medal and then gold medal in National Championship in 52 kg weight category.

Pratik Prakashbapu Patil, Minister of State of Youth Affairs & Sports recalled the achievements of late K.D. Jadhav and said that by naming the wrestling stadium, which is the venue for Commonwealth Games, 2010, after K.D. Jadhav is another recognition and tribute to this national hero. He further said that by christening the wrestling stadium after his name, Shri Jadhav will be remembered and young wrestlers will get inspiration from his achievements to bring more laurels for the country.


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