Their way of making sure he didn't 'stray' was to tire him out. Avtar worked in rice and wheat fields in his village. When it wasn't enough they got him started in Judo after school. He excelled in Judo, to their surprise. Judo transformed Avtar and they saw it. He matured into a disciplined, sincere judoka – a Judo practitioner.
By 2008, Avtar easily dominated all contenders in his weight-category in Gurdaspur, towering over his opponents at 6'4''. But there was a tough challenge yet. Local sports-politics made coaches overlook Avtar for the state-level competitions. This hit him quite hard.
Avtar remembers sitting in his room after he heard how much his parents had invested in sending him to Turkey. “I really wanted to go, because this was a big match, but I didn't want my parents to lose all their money,” he says. Avtar repaid his parents' faith by using these six matches over the year to jump 109 ranks up.
The proud parents with Avtar's trophies and medals
They need money to purchase flight tickets and pay for accommodation and expenses. It is a matter of great pride for the nation that a prodigy reached the Olympics despite the hurdles. This occasion can be happier for Avtar if his parents can make it to Rio and support him as he fights what could be the most important Judo match of his life. Join Mother Dairy and Green Bench and send Avtar's parents to Rio.
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