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Pinky Karmakar, the 2012 Olympic Torch Bearer, now works at a Tea Garden for Rs 167 per day

  by NEWSNER , 2021-08-09 15:06:21


Pinky Karmakar, the 2012 Olympic Torch Bearer, now works at a Tea Garden for Rs 167 per day

 

Unhealthy news about India's previous Olympic athlete has surfaced at a time when Indians are still buzzing with Neeraj Chopra's historic gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

 

Pinky Karmakar, India's 'torch bearer' at the 2012 London Olympics, is currently working at Borborooah tea estate as a daily-wage leaf plucker, earning Rs 167 per day. "I had high goals, but now there is nothing left to hope for," Pinky said in a TOI article. 

 

"After my mother died, I had to drop out of college owing to severe financial hardship and start working as a labourer in the tea garden," Pinky said.

 

Pinky, who represented India among 20 countries at the Olympic torch relay in Nottinghamshire in 2012, has been cast into obscurity. Her family now includes a retired father, a younger brother, and two sisters, and she is the sole breadwinner.

 

Every evening, an Indian athletic girl ran Unicef's Sports for Development (S4D) programme in her school and taught roughly 40 unlettered women.

 

Pinky alleges she was promised "remuneration" for representing India at the torch relay, according to sources in TOI. "I have received nothing to yet; the truth is that the daughter of a labourer has stayed a labourer," Pinky continued.

 

The girl who was in class 10 when she carried the Olympic torch in London feels absolutely despondent on the front lines of life. "I can't give anyone advice since everyone questions what I've accomplished in life, and the government and Unicef have abandoned me," she said.


Source: https://www.sentinelassam.com/north-east-india-news/assam-news/assam-once-2012-olympic-torch-bearer-pinky-karmakar-now-works-at-tea-garden-for-rs-167day-549956