Sreejesh’s father offered a household cow to afford a Hockey package, goalkeeper returns with Olympic medal | Hockey Information

New Delhi: Whereas all of India celebrates PR Sreejesh, the hockey goalkeeper who has earned the moniker of being the ‘nation’s wall’, his father has a vivid reminiscence of how the Olympian bronze-medallist forayed into the sports activities. Sreejesh’s father recollects how the modest agriculture-reliant household needed to make some sacrifices to satisfy the bills of a hockey goalkeeper’s package that younger participant required. 

All of it occurred within the Nineteen Nineties when Sreejesh excelled in district-level sporting occasions together with sprinting and volleyball till he was in school 7. Thereafter, his inclination and spectacular efficiency in sports activities helped him swap over to the GV Raja Sports activities College in Thiruvananthapuram. Given the specialised deal with sports activities at his new college, {the teenager} tried his hand at varied sports activities. Of the handful of sports activities that he tried, Sreejesh appeared to suit greatest as a hockey goalkeeper. 

Nonetheless, this was a sport and a place that required a substantial deal of apparatus and package. Everready to encourage the younger man, Sreejesh’s father Raveendran gladly offered their cow to eke out funds for the hockey package. 

“We’re a really modest household and we could not actually afford to spend Rs 10,000 on a package. Therefore, I offered considered one of our 5 cows and managed to get Rs 7,000 and in addition made preparations for the remaining sum,” Raveendran proudly reminisces to Zee Media. 

“We did the perfect for youngsters inside our restricted means. I bear in mind having accompanied him to Delhi for the Junior Nationwide camp round 2002-03,” the elated father added. 

PR Sreejesh's family

Acknowledging the celebrations, love and desires pouring in from throughout, Raveendran says that it’s God’s grace that is taking their household forward in life. 

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It’s notable that Sreejesh had devoted his medal win to his father, by way of a tweet, and now everybody is aware of why. 

On Sreejesh’s childhood, his father stated that the boy had secured good scores in class, regardless of having focussed intensely on sports activities. One other stark distinction in India’s hockey goalkeeper’s character, versus that of a lot of his teammates, is that the person from Kerala is a voracious reader. Within the phrases of his father, “Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, he had nothing a lot to do and his love for studying develop much more intense. His mates and roommates play PUBG, however he has no real interest in no matter that’s! He simply loves his books, numerous them.”

Sreejesh’s schoolmate and spouse Aneeshya, who herself was a former athlete, are a really tightly knit household. Whereas she and the youngsters do not get a lot time to spend with Sreejesh, they benefit from the few weeks that they get. Their little children now notice that their father has received and received large. 

“Daughter is aware of a good deal in regards to the Olympics as she’s within the 2nd customary, our son is simply too younger, however he is equally enthusiastic about dad enjoying on display,” Aneeshya instructed Zee media. 

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With sports activities having been the only real focus at their residence over the previous few weeks, their daughter has develop into particularly attracted in direction of ladies’s hockey, because of the stellar efficiency by the Indian facet. 

“Often she tells people who she aspires to be a trainer, however now she’s keen about Rani Rampal and desires to be a hockey captain,” Sreejesh’s spouse added.

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