India might not have had a great Rio Olympics, but PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik saved India's face in the quadrennial event, winning silver and bronze, respectively. The woman wrestler received cash awards and BMW cars for her stupendous performance, and India's coach Kuldeep Malik was also promised promotion by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The Haryana government also announced monetary awards for the coach.
The wrestler was facilitated in many parts of the country, and the celebrations lasted for quite some time, but the promises made to Kuldeep is yet to be kept. He has been keeping a tab on the situation, and also approached for cheques, only to be left disappointed.
"There may be fat cash awards and a super luxury BMW car for Sakshi but I've not got anything, even the promises are still to be met. I'm yet to get a penny. I've repeatedly followed it up for the cheque but the officials have kept on dilly-dallying," the Press Trust of India quoted Kuldeep as saying.
Kuldeep even approached the railway officials for the promotion as suggested by the minister, and he was left in for a shock. They stated that the promotion was not given for "disciple's success." Despite not receiving anything for her student's achievement, Kuldeep maintains Sakshi's bronze is his biggest prize.
"When I told the Railway officials about the Minister's promise, they said that coaches were not given promotion on basis of their disciple's success," Kuldeep said.
"I'm not begging for any cash rewards but at least you should keep your promise. Everyone knows what we have achieved and I will always think that Sakshi's bronze will remain my biggest reward."