West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi today congratulated heptathlete Swapna Barman for her gold winning feat at the Asian Games and said that it would inspire not only the women but also the entire athletic community.
“She (Swapna) is a golden example of what can be achieved through strong determination in spite of facing apparently insurmountable difficulties like poverty, want of proper facilities and other odds,” Tripathi said in a statement.
The governor said “Not only our women athletes but also entire athletic community will be inspired by the example of her success.”
Swapna yesterday had created history by becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, a feat she achieved despite competing with a toothache.
Swapna, who hails from Ghoshpara Colony in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, had to fight all odds including acute poverty.
Her mother worked as a labourer in small tea gardens while her father was a rickshaw puller and is now bedridden.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday congratulated heptathlete Swapna Barman for winning gold in the Asian Games held at Jakarta.