Dharampal Malik (67), a resident of Gandhra village in Rohtak district, has become a source of inspiration for the elderly as well as the youth by winning medals in various national and state-level athletics events organised in different parts of the country.
The passion and persistence of Malik, who retired as Sub-Inspector from the CRPF, can be gauged from the fact that he won 15 medals in athletics in 2018 alone. He has won medals in 10 km, 5 km, 1,500 metre, 800 metre and 400 metre relay races at the National Masters Athletics Meet organised in Karnataka and other national, state-level and local athletics events held in Haryana and other states, including Jammu and Kashmir.
The village panchayat organised a function recently and the sarpanch and several prominent residents of Gandhra and nearby areas felicitated Malik for his remarkable achievements.
“While most of the elderly sportspersons hang their boots and sit at home after their retirement, Malik has underlined the fact that age does not matter if one is passionate about pursuing his or her goals,” says Sonu, a representative of Gandhra sarpanch. He says that Malik retired from the CRPF in 2008 and had been working hard to make a name in sports. Thanks to his hard work and persistence, he has brought laurels to the village and Rohtak district by winning so many medals in athletics events.
He says that he plans to participate in national sporting events in near future and can make a mark even at the international level if the state government supports him.