Dubai: Manoj Sarkar spent close to 24 hours at the Dubai Airport after his visa application got rejected due to a discrepancy in his date of birth.
Not one to give up, the lad from Uttarakhand in north India managed to get a visa sorted out and then paid his visit at the Fazza Para-Badminton as he clinched gold (men’s singles, SL-III category) and then dedicated it to his country’s latest rape victims.
“It hurts me to see that humans have lost their sense and sensibilities. This is one of the saddest days of my life and all I can do is to dedicate this gold medal in memory of the young girl and her grieving parents. These incidents back home inspired me towards winning the gold medal,” Sarkar told Gulf News with tears in his eyes.
“I feel this is a good opportunity to send a message out to the youth, not just our youth from India, but from all over the world. I would urge them to take up sport and enjoy a healthy life. They should love what they are doing and pursue it with all their dedication to make their country proud,” the 28-year-old from Rudrapur near Nainital added.
“For me, sport is a way of life. There are members in my squad who are always after me that I should be winning medals for my country. But what is far more important is to enjoy playing sport so that you can leave a legacy for future generations,” he stressed.