Belagavi, August 12: While his hamlet was submerged in water, Karnataka’s upcoming boxer Nishan Manohar Kadam swam 2.5 kilometres to join his team that was departing to Bengaluru for the state-level championship.
The 19-year-old Kadam’s parents were unable to find any means of transport to the nearest main road. The father-son duo wrapped the boxing gloves and risked their lives to swim 2.5 kms to join the Belagavi district team.
“Since our area was surrounded by water and no vehicles could enter, we had no option but to swim,” said Nishan told a leading daily.
Showcasing nerves of steel, the class XII student Nishan clinched won the silver medal in Light Flyweight Category but promised it would be gold next year. “This time I lost gold because of my bad luck. Next year, I will surely win gold,” he was quoted.
A ward of Jyothi PU College in Belagavi, Nishan started boxing just two years back under the coaching of Arjuna Award winner Captain Mukund Killekar at MG’s Sporting Academy. The district team manager Gajendra S Tripathi said the flood has worsened the situation in the past few days.