Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) [India], May 1 (ANI): Shrimant Jha, a 25-yr-old para-athlete from Bhilai who has won several medals at National and International level in arm wrestling and has also been leading Chhattisgarh specially-abled cricket team has requested the state government to provide him a job so that he can concentrate on his games.
"I want administration to see my performance. I also have diploma in Mechanical engineering. Like how players are being helped in other states, I want Chhattisgarh government to help me so that I can concentrate on my game and win a medal for the country at upcoming Olympics," Jha told ANI.
'I sold whatever jewellery I had to send him abroad for games. My husband lost his job 4 yrs ago. We are struggling to make both ends meet. He is getting weak in lack of proper nutrition. I request CM to provide him with the job he deserves," she said.
Jha won a bronze medal at the Asian Arm wrestling Championship, which was held from April 16 to April 22 in Kazakhstan.
The 25-year-old, resident of Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh had finished behind Tajikistan's Firuz and Magolia's Munkhbold to settle for the bronze in the 80kg senior category.
After he won a medal he had hoped that he would get a job from Chhattisgarh government.
Jha, who was born with four fingers in both his hands, has been doing arm-wrestling since 2010 and started representing India since 2013.
He is currently working as a junior engineer in a private company to support his family financially.
Jha, who has five world championship medals, now aims for the upcoming Para Olympics.
He also secured a silver medal in Para-Arm Wrestling World Cup in Poland under 80 kg category. (ANI)