West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has announced a cash award of 10 lakh and a govt. job for Swapna Barman, who bagged India's debut Asian Games gold medal in women's hepthalon.
As reported, Swapna will be back on Kolkata's soil on either of 3rd or 4th Sept and will be felicitated by West Bengal govt.
This 21-year-old golden girl from Jalpaiguri has created a new History by scoring 6026 points in the 7-event competition to win our country a first heptathlon gold in Asian Games.
No wonder the whole of media buzzed with congratulation posts, which also included the tiger of Bengal - Saurav Ganguly.
Not belonging to financially sound family, Swapnal's journey to success was not a rosy one. There has been times when she would practice with ill-fitting shoes that would hurt her toes. To ensure that his daughter sticks to her daily practice, her father Panchanan Barman used to pitch bamboo sticks on the field in the backyard of his tin-roofed home.
Nevertheless, unfavourable athletics infrastructure could not stop her to dream big.