19-years-boxer swims 2.5 km in floodwater for championship, wins silver

Nishan Manohar Kadam from Mannur village in Belagvi district of Karnataka. last week he won a silver medal…

Nishan Manohar Kadam from Mannur village in Belagvi district of Karnataka.

last week he won a silver medal in the state-level championship. This is the story about his indomitable spirit that springs hope even as parts of Karnataka continue to battle with floods.

Kadam, a Class XII student, had been eyeing the wrestling event for long. But when the time came to realise his dream, a massive flood marooned his village. But he and his father, a farmer, found a way to beat the nature’s fury.  

He has to catch a train to Bengaluru to participate in the wrestling event, floodwater was head-high around his home. connecting road was damaged.

However, this did not deter Kadam and his father. They covered the boxing kit in plastic and jumped into the floodwater. They covered a distance of 2.5 km swimming for 45 minutes to reach the spot where Kadam could join the Belagavi district team.

Three days later, Nishan won silver in his category in Bengaluru.

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