The Telegraph
Thursday , August 7 , 2014
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Babita’s story of triumph

New Delhi: Wrestler Babita Kumari revealed that she went against the advice of the doctor, who suggested her not to compete at the Commonwealth Games as her ligament injury was serious, and fought her way to a first-place finish, taking home the gold medal.

“I consulted a doctor in Glasgow and the doctor advised me not to fight the bouts because the injury was serious. But I called up Geeta (Babita’s sister) and she asked me if I could compete.

“I told her that ‘no matter what happens, I would want to fight the bouts because that is why I have come here. Even if I break my feet, I want to compete’. I had to go on fighting,” Babita said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Babita is confident of getting fully fit before the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, Korea, from September 19 to October 4. “I am better now. Though there are still a niggle or two, I am confident of recovering fully before the Asian Games. It’s a ligament tear and I have a month now to recover. I have already started training,” she said.

Babita, who won a bronze at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, said that though her entry was initially sent for under-53kg freestyle category at the CWG, she opted to fight in 55kg since this division is there at the Asian Games. (PTI)