Raj Kumar Tiwari came up with a sterling performance at the Special Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea to walk away with the gold medal in figure skating. It is a special occasion for the 18-year-old athlete, who faced a number of problems to even land in Korea due to various reasons. This struggle makes the gold medal even more special.
Raj Kumar Tiwari initially thought that he had no chance of representing India, as he came from a very poor background. In this nnis video, after returning to India from South Korea, he said, “I did not even have a single rupee, when I got a call to participate. I straight away went to the darbar with my mother. I cried and said to my mother that I have got such a big offer but, I don't have money.”
It was almost an impossible job for his parents to finance Raj, as his father only earned Rs 4,500 per month. Understanding the need for Raj, various people from nearby areas helped him financially with the required money. Raj used to practise in Gurgaon's Ambience Mall, which would costs him Rs 450. “Even my landlord helped me financially,” said Raj.
Raj loves his mother very much, and today he has make her proud, which he always wanted. He said, “There used to be things that I could not do early morning, but I had my mother's love, so my stomach used to be full.”
As he was not from a well to do family, he wanted to be special and different from others in the society and how well has he been able to do. There were joyous scenes when the boy brought upon so much of glory in that village. The villagers even distributed sweets and also welcomed Raj like a celebrity.
Raj Kumar Tiwari has word of advice for poor people like him and those sportspersons who have given up hope. He said, "looking at me, my medal, my story and what I have achieved, those people who have lost hope and faith can also think of becoming like me by waking themselves up."