Boxer Lakha Singh now a Taxi Driver!
Posted [relativedate] at [relativetime time_format=”H:i”]
In the 81 kg category in the 1994 Hiroshima Asiad, Lakha Singh won a bronze medal but now is leading a life of Taxi driver in Ludhiana. Not only Lakha Singh, many other champions who won medals for the country at the International platform are now doing all odd jobs today to meet their ends.
In the 90’s, Lakha Singh was India’s only ray of hope for medals in the field of Boxing. He was also a five-time National Champion. He won bronze in the year 1994 Asian Boxing Championship in Tehran and also bagged silver at 1995 Asian Boxing Championship in Tashkent.
But Lakha couldn’t reach the expectations in 1996 Atlanta Olympics and only could finish 17th in the 91 kg category.
Nobody till date bothered by the letters he had written to Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and Punjab Government explaining his financial position. There are no takers for his story and him out of no other go, ended up becoming a taxi driver, the job which earns him a monthly salary of Rs.8000. Even the taxi he rides is not owned by him.
Shocking to know, that Lakha Singh joined the Indian Army in the year 1984 when he was just 19 years old during anti-Sikh riots.