Asian Games star Malaprabha gets a big welcome in Belagavi


Published: 03/09/2018



It was an emotional moment for the district when Malaprabha Jadhav, who won the bronze medal in Kurash in the Asian Games in Indonesia, returned home on Sunday.

The girl from Turmuri village in Belagavi district returned from Jakarta and met her friends and family who were waiting for her in the Government Circuit House in Belagavi.

Her mother, Shobha Bai, and her father, Yallappa Jadhav, were elated to see the gathering to welcome their daughter. There were loud claps as she got down from the car along with her coaches M.N. Triveni and Jitendra Singh.

Police Commissioner D.C. Rajappa garlanded her and handed over a cheque of Rs. 10,000.

SP Sudheer Kumar Reddy congratulated the 19-year-old and urged her to keep practising with diligence.

Malaprabha spoke of her dream to win an Olympic medal. She urged leaders and officers to set up a Judo and Kurash training academy in Belagavi as there were several young people wanting to learn the sport.

“Kurash is a new sport in India. The kind of training we get here is not specialised. The best coaching is available in Uzbekistan where the game originated. Just three weeks of training in Uzbekistan helped me win a bronze medal. We will definitely win the gold medal in Tokyo if we get the kind of scientific coaching that Uzbekistan sportspersons get,” she said.

Ms. Triveni said they would start preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.