She Swept Floor at Dhaba But Now Playing For Gold at Asiad – Kavita Thakur
It is a proud moment for the parents of Kavita Thakur, who use to sweep floors and wash dishes of a small restaurant, but now she is playing for gold in Asiad. Asiad is the biggest sports event after Olympics.
Kavita Thakur is a member of the Indian women’s kabaddi team. For most of her life, she lived in a cramped dhaba at her village Jagatsukh, 6km from Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
She helped India win gold at the 2014 Asiad at the very young age of 24 year. She spent her childhood and teen years washing utensils and sweeping floors at the dhaba. The dhaba is run by her parents, where her father Prithvi Singh and mother Krishna Devi still sell tea and snacks at Dhaba. Her elder sister Kalpana also helped them.
Kavita told in an interview that I used to work along with my parents at the dhaba and helped them by washing dishes, sweeping floor and by doing other chores of the dhaba.
She also told that her childhood and teenage time was very tough as she use to sleep on floor at the backyard of the shop in winters.