Abid Khan, a national boxer and NIS qualified coach recently went viral after it was revealed that he was driving an auto and unloading sacks at the grain market to make ends meet. The former inter-university champion from Chandigarh had completed diploma in boxing coaching at NIS Patiala and he had also coached army teams for five years. However, he soon found himself out of a job and had to resort to such jobs for survival.
A video of him was posted on Twitter which made people notice. He was seen showcasing his boxing skills while also talking of what led to him giving up boxing and driving an auto. “All these years made me believe that in this country, poor sports-persons only suffer. Boxing is for the poor and middle class, only the rich can play sports like tennis, badminton and cricket,” he was seen telling.
Farhan Akhtar, Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar offer help
Thanks to the popularity of the video, celebrities and boxers started to notice. Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar tweeted saying, “This is heartbreaking yet so inspiring to see how humbly this sportsperson has coped with unfulfilled ambition. Can you please share his contact details?” Some of India’s best boxers like Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar also contacted him to offer help, according to Abid Khan himself.
Now, Abid is set to fulfill his dream of coaching children in boxing due to the efforts of such people. He said, “It’s good to know that people like Farhan Akhtar, Vijender and Manoj have come to support me. I’ve always wanted to do this but never got the support and resources required. As of now, I’m happy that people have started recognising me. Farhan, Vijender and Manoj spoke to me saying that they would love to see boxing champions coming out of his coaching.”
Thanks to the power of the internet and the efforts of kind-hearted people, Abid Khan’s love for boxing has come up trumps.