Rupal Choudhary had to go on a hunger strike to become an athlete, now she will show her strength in Paris

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Rupal Chaudhary has qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024. The journey to this point was not easy for this young athlete. Rupal had to go on a hunger strike in front of her father to make athletics her career. Girls do not run in Jainpur village, about 15 km from Meerut in western UP.

Rupal Chaudhary, who hails from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, has qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024. The journey to this point was not easy for this young athlete. Rupal had to go on a hunger strike in front of her father to make athletics her career. Girls do not run in Jainpur village, about 15 km from Meerut in western UP. Talking to Sports Star, Rupal’s father Omveer Chaudhary said, “We have a traditional village.” Omveer is a sugarcane farmer. Rupal decided to make athletics her career in the year 2016. Rupal made a lot of headlines by defeating a player like Priya Mohan in the National Federation Cup.

Rupal Chaudhary said, ‘I saw PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik winning medals in Rio Olympics 2016. After this, I also decided to become an athlete. I did not know what I would have to do for this, but I took this decision.’ There is only one stadium in Meerut. But Omveer was not ready to take his daughter there. According to Rupal, ‘At first he (father) agreed to take me to the stadium. But later he started postponing it by giving some excuse or the other. He probably thought that I would change my decision later.’ Even after this, instead of giving up, then 12-year-old Rupal remained firm on her goal. Finally, in September 2017, Rupal decided to sit on a hunger strike to convince her father.

Rupal said, ‘After a year, I felt that my father would not send me to the stadium. So I decided to go on a hunger strike. Initially, he thought that I would change my decision, but after three days, he realized that I was very serious about this matter. After this, he decided to take me. He had to bow down to my insistence.’ When Rupal reached Kailash Prakash Stadium in Meerut, the condition of this stadium was very bad. The synthetic track was in a dilapidated state. The toilets were very dirty. Despite this, Rupal was very happy to reach there. Because this was the place from where she had to give wings to her dreams. Rupal said, ‘When I reached the stadium for the first time, my eyes were wide open. I started feeling like an athlete.’

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