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 media.
Shrimant’s mother Manorma Jha requested Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to provide his son with the job he deserves.
‘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.