Commonwealth Games 2022 bronze medalist Divya Kakran on Thursday clarified that she was forced to move to Uttar Pradesh after she did not find support in Delhi.
“I came to Delhi in 2001 and in 2006, I started wrestling. I am living here in Gokalpur for the last 22 years,” the wrestler said at a press conference.
“My father somehow managed to get me trained for wrestling.I used to wrestle with boys to earn money,” she added.
Divya also said that she won numerous medals for Delhi and only Member of Parliament from North East Delhi, Manoj Kumar stood by her.
“In 2011 I won bronze for Delhi. Till 2017, I got 58 medals and all for Delhi. Only Manoj Tiwari came to us and gave me 3 lakh, That money helped me a lot,” she said.
“They (Delhi government) did not give any help. We, at our family, cried a lot at our condition. Only then I went to UP,” she said.
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Divya had received the Rani Lakshmi Bai from UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and a cheque of ₹ 3,11,000.
“In 2019 they (UP government) awarded me with the Rani Lakshmi Bai award and promised pension. UP government helped me a lot,” she said.
DELHI GOV RESPONSE
Wrestling Federation of India has confirmed that from the year 2017 onwards Divya Kakran has been representing Uttar Pradesh. Therefore she is not covered under various reward schemes for Delhi Government as these schemes are meant for players representing Delhi, the Delhi government said.