There was no let-up from heavy rains in several states including Karnataka across the country, and neither was 19-year-old boxer Nishan Manohar Kadam’s village in Belagavi spared. The youngster, along with his father, swam for 45 minutes, covered a distance of about 2.5km, only to finally join his team for the state-level boxing championship.
With heavy rains taking a toll on normal livelihood across states, odds were many against the 19-year-old. But nothing ever hampered his spirits. The hardships paid off, for only three days after the journey, Nishan bagged silver in his category.
A 19-year-old boxer swam 2.5 km in #KarnatakaFloods to win a boxing medal.
Know more about this champion (in two sports): pic.twitter.com/0hVIjbrDpQ
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) August 13, 2019
Having lost the opportunity to win gold at the championship, the teenager aspires to win a gold medal next year. Nevertheless, he was content with his performance in the tournament.
Nishan is a Class XII student at Jyothi PU college in Belagavi, Karnataka. He kickstarted his boxing career under Arjuna awardee Mukund Killekar at MG’s Sporting Academy. The 19-year-old is a source of inspiration for the youth in his village.