Lucknow: Prolific raider Jasvir Singh has a dream to make it to his second Asian Games next year as he battled butterflies in his belly following the news of him being named for this year’s Arjuna Award.
“I am extremely happy to know that the Arjuna Award selection panel chose my name among others. I am kind of nervous about the impending ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” Jasvir told Sakal Times from Mumbai.
Jasvir, who is playing for the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the ongoing Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, flew out from Lucknow on Tuesday after completing their fixtures here and just as he reached Mumbai the news of his selection was announced.
“Playing for the country is always more responsibility and I intend to continue as long as possible,” said Jasvir, whose performance in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup earned him the recognition.
And, with 2018 being the Asian Games year Jasvir is all geared up for Kabaddi’s biggest prize after the World Cup and earned so much,” Jasvir said.
As a boy from Panipat in Haryana, Jasvir began playing mud kabaddi just as almost every child does. But he began getting chances thanks to his raiding prowess and found the lucky break when Pro Kabaddi began four years ago.
“I cannot forget my roots. About 100-150 children still play regular kabaddi in my village and my award is tribute to the spirit of the game,” he said.
As the luck would have it, Jasvir will not have to miss any action of Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Mumbai leg and still attend the most anticipated National Award ceremony in the famed Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Jaipur has two matches in Mumbai, first on Friday, August 25 and second on Thursday, August 31. That gives Jasvir a good window to attend the August 29 ceremony wherein every award winner is mandated to be present a day in advance for the dress rehearsal of the actual ceremony.
“That would be one of the biggest moments of my playing career and I am eagerly looking forward to it,” is how Jasvir described his feelings.