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Forgotten Hero's Series: Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Indian Olympic medalist who never got a Padma Award

Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav (Marathi: श्री. खाशाबा दादासाहेब जाधव, January 15, 1926 – August 14, 1984) was an Indian athlete. He is best known as a wrestler who won a bronze award at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He was one of the first athletes from India to win an award in the Olympics

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After Norman Pritchard who won two silver medals in games in 1900, Khashaba was the first athlete from India to win a medal at the Olympics. In the prior years Khashaba, India would just win a gold medal in field hockey, a group activity. He is the Indian Olympic medalist who never got a Padma Award. Khashaba was amazingly agile on his feet, which made him not quite the same as different wrestlers of his time. English mentor Rees Gardner saw this characteristic in him and prepared him before the 1948 Olympic recreations.




Conceived in a town called Goleshwar Tal: Karad District Satara in Maharashtra State, Jadhav was the most youthful of five children of a famous wrestler Dadasaheb Jadhav. At 8 years old, he vanquished the nearby champion in only 2 minutes and went ahead to wind up plainly the undisputed champion of his range. He did his tutoring in Tilak High School in Karad region between 1940–1947. He experienced childhood in a family unit that lived and inhaled wrestling.


Wrestling career

Forgotten Hero's Series: Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Indian Olympic medalist who never got a Padma Award : TodayIndya

His dad Dadasaheb was a wrestling mentor and he started Khashaba into wrestling at five years old. His wrestling tutors in school were Baburao Balawde and Belapuri Guruji. His accomplishment in wrestling did not evade him from getting decent evaluations. He took part in quit India movement.He set out to spread out the tri-shading banner in Olympics on Independence Day August 15, 1947.

Beginning his wrestling career in 1948, he initially came into lime-light at the 1948 London Olympics when he completed sixth in the flyweight classification. He was the first Indian to accomplish such a high a position in the individual class until 1948. In spite of being new to wrestling on a tangle and additionally the worldwide standards of wrestling, Jadhav's sixth place complete was no mean feat around then.

For the following four years, Jadhav prepared much harder for the Helsinki Olympics where he climbed one weight class and taken an interest in the bantamweight classification (57 kg) which saw wrestlers from twenty-four unique nations. He went ahead to overcome wrestlers from nations like Mexico, Germany, and Canada, before losing his semi-last session, yet he returned more grounded to win the bronze award which made him the primary ever individual Olympic medalist of free India.

After four years, before the determination for Helsinki Olympics, Jadhav claimed that nepotism among authorities kept him from getting chosen for the Olympics. As per him, they deliberately gave him one point not as much as the possible champ at the Madras Nationals, and this discounted him of the Olympics. He didn't bow down to degenerate officialdom and spoke to Maharaja of Patiala looking for equity. Luckily the Maharaja of Patiala adored games, saw his point, and orchestrated his entrance in Olympic trials where he amazed his adversary and won a passage in the Olympics. For the 1952 Games he and his family circumvented the town asking for commitments to empower him to play with destiny.Barrister Balasaheb Khardekar, main of the Rajaram College, where Jadhav contemplated, sold his home for Rs 7,000 with the Maratha Bank in Kolhapur, to send his previous understudy to the Olympics. In spite of rehashed solicitations to Morarji Desai, the then Chief Minister of Mumbai State for a money related guide of just Rs 4000, there was no assistance expected from any quarter."He would have effectively won the gold at Helsinki," said Sampatrao Jadhav, his cousin who was with Khashababhau when he cleared out for Helsinki to contend in the bantamweight category."It was troublesome for him to acclimate to the tangle surface. After two moving fouls he passed up a great opportunity for the gold award which was his for the taking. (The gold was won by Japan's Ishii Shobachi while Russia's Rashid Mamedekov secured the silver.) Moreover, there was no interim between the two sessions and to battle with two world class wrestlers without proper rest was more than a Herculean exertion," included Sampatrao. In any case, an Olympic decoration is an Olympic award. What's more, a first is constantly extraordinary. The triumph parade at the Karad railroad station was a see-it-to-trust scene reviews Sampatrao."

A 151 bullock truck parade joined by stunning thumps of 'dhols'- (drums) appropriate from the edges of Goleshwar to the Mahadeva sanctuary which is ordinarily a 15-minute walk took seven extended periods that day and nobody was grumbling. We have not seen cheerful scenes like that either earlier or after that day. There was a sentiment pride and each villager was luxuriating at that time of grandness. Khashababhau brought the little town of Goleshwar, prior a spot on the guide of India, to the fore. The entire world perceived Goleshwar as the town which gave India its first since forever Olympic medalist."

In spite of the fact that India's hockey group gathered a gold at the Helsinki diversions, Jadhav was the essential fascination when India's unexpected returned home after the Olympics. Jadhav was encouraged by his school and all the "talims" or "akhadas" of Kolhapur. The primary of Shahaji Law College, Kolhapur, Prof Dabholkar sold his own particular house to finance Jadhav's investment in the Olympics. Jadhav had not overlooked this support and on his arrival, he composed a wrestling rivalry in which he participated himself. He won a few sessions in these rivalries and given over the prize cash to his educator and convinced him to utilize the cash to purchase back his home.

In 1953 Japan wrestlers visited India and he crushed the title holder Unemori and proceeded with his triumphant streak.


Forgotten Hero's Series: Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Indian Olympic medalist who never got a Padma Award : TodayIndya

In 1955, he joined the police force as a sub-inspector where he won a few rivalries held inside the Police office and furthermore performed National obligations as a games educator. In spite of serving the police division for twenty-seven years and resigning as an Asst. Police Commissioner, Jadhav needed to battle for benefits later on in his life. For a considerable length of time, he was disregarded by the game's league and needed to experience the last phases of his life in neediness. He passed on heartbreakingly in a street mischance in 1984


Worldwide Wrestler and now maker Sangram Singh is good to go with his arrangements of creating a film on Jadhav ji in the wake of taking the rights from his child Ranjit Jadhav. The film will be founded on the life of a wrestler Khashaba Jadhav, who won free India's first Olympic award in 1952.

Jadhav ji has been a symbol of Sangram ji since his adolescence and Sangram needs to give his Shradhanjali now to his object of worship by making a film on him.

Affirming the news through an official explanation about the sportsman, Sangram says, "He has a significant essential adventure and earned our nation its first worldwide decoration yet in time, his name and story was something that was lost. He is a saint who should be recollected and regarded. We will strive to do equity to the depiction of his accomplishments." The script for the film is right now being worked upon.

Source: - Wikipedia

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