He turned his disability into a narrative of triumph by winning gold twice for his country in Special Olympics. However, never in even his wildest nightmare Rajbir Singh, a young cyclist from Ludhiana, would have thought that despite inspiring thousands at the world-level and making India proud, he would have to work as a labourer to make ends meet.
Rajbir Singh, who won at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, was given a hero's welcome when he landed in Chandigarh after winning two golds, but it's saddening to know that the Punjab Government is yet to give the prize money of Rs 30 lakhs promised to him.
The young cyclist battled 'below average intellectual and adaptive functioning' to win the 1 km and 2km cycling events, but soon after his win, he was forced to start working with his father as a daily-wage labourer to make ends meet.
Having read about the condition of Rajbir recently, Punjabi superstar Gippy Grewal also raised voice for him and apppealed to the current CM of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh to do something about the issue. The Chief Minister has now promised to look into the matter and take appropriate actions.
We hope the justice shall be delivered to the young and talented guy who can become a role-model of millions, if given proper care and support.
Rajbir works at a shelter for homeless and differently abled in Ludhiana
In May, Gurpreet Singh, founder of NGO Manukhta Di Sewa, came to know about Rajbir's tale and decided to help him. "When I saw him, I couldn't believe my eyes. He was earning Rs 5,000 a month to support his family," said Gurpreet. Gurpreet then took him to his NGO wing in village Baran Hara where Rajbir did sewa (work) of the elderly. Gurpreet gave him a cycle and took care of his medicines and diet.
"I went to his coach and sports authorities in Ludhiana but no one helped," he added.