Who would have thought a daughter of a marginal farmer from Bastwad village Sheetal Sanjay Patil bagged two gold medals in the 8th AITWPF National Traditional Wrestling and Pankration Championship 2019 held at Hyderabad recently. Sheetal got her Gold in two events – Belt Wrestling and Mas-Wrestling.
For the 19-year-old she was always inclined towards wrestling as she saw her father and grandfather wrestling.
Her Father too encouraged her and admitted Sheetal to a government hostel where she could undergo proper coaching in wrestling while studying in the 8th standard. She was then introduced to coaches Nagaraj and Hanumant Patil who started training her.
It wasn’t a pleasant journey at all, when in 10th while playing football, she received head injury due to which she had to quit hostel and return home. Due to the same her wrestling training was discontinued.
Later under Coach Altaf Mulla, she was trained for `Belt Wrestling’ and `Mas-Wrestling’.
When studying in PUC 1 (Arts) in Jyoti College, she was selected in the National level wrestling championship in Delhi but her performance was not up to the standards and this made her work harder and train harder.
This year she was selected for the Nationals again and this time she made it to the podium with 2 Gold Medals under 50 kg and succeeded in bagging gold medals in both Belt Wrestling and Mas-Wrestling.
Daughter of farmer means she also helped her family in the farming work and she is very much interested in the same but a portion of the agricultural land of her father was acquired by the government for establishing Suvarna Vidhan Soudha and the remaining land for the expansion of National Highway. Sheetal now dreams to join Indian Armed forces and serve the country.
Sheetal is now selected to participate in the International Wrestling Championship, for which her father is engaged in arranging funds. The place and the date for the championship to be held are yet not announced, said Sanjay Patil, adding that but he has been told by the coaches that he will be needing a minimum of Rs 3.5 lakh for Sheetal to attend the championship.
His father has requested the society and well-wishers to come forward and help Sheetal financially so that she can participate in the international event and bring laurels to the nation.
Sheetal’s father Sanjay Patil can be contacted on 9945570764.