India confirmed their first 2021 AIBA World Championships medal on Tuesday, after Akash Kumar reached the semi-finals of the 54kg bantamweight division in Belgrade. The 21-year-old from the village of Paluwas, near the boxing town of Bhiwani, defeated 2016 Olympic silver medalist Yoel Finol of Venezuela by a decisive unanimous decision to reach the bottom four and win an assured bronze medal . Regardless of his performance in the semi-finals, Kumar has already made history, becoming the 7th Indian to win a medal at the World Championships.
But while Kumar will grab headlines in sports, his coaches and family have had to keep it a secret. A month ago, Akash Kumar’s coaches and family assured him everything was fine even as he boxed at the National Boxing Championships. On the first day of her competition at Bellary, her mother died of a sudden infection at home.
Only after returning home after winning a gold medal at the national championships and confirming with her a place in the Indian team for the world championships, will he find out the truth.
âHis father had already passed away in 2008. We knew he wouldn’t mentally be able to compete if he knew what had happened. We knew that if he was to do his talent justice, we had to hide it from him. the truth. We also told his coaches, “says his uncle.