After Asian Games Gold, Sreejesh Says: Not Only Mothers, Fathers Make Sacrifices Too

Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who was at the helm of India's historic hockey gold medal at the recently-concluded Asian Games, opened up about how he too, like boxers Mary Kom and Sarita Devi, misses his family while fulfilling national commitments.

updated: October 17, 2014 17:20 IST
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Indian hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh had promised his three-month old daughter that he would win a gold at the Asian Games.

His blood may boil while playing against arch-rivals Pakistan, but star India hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is a genial, warm-hearted man and a doting daddy too. Sreejesh saved two crucial penalties against Pakistan in the gold-medal match of the Asian Games in Incheon. Sreejesh was undoubtedly the hero as India won an Asian Games gold after 1998. The burly goalie dedicated the medal to his daughter.

"If a mother is all about love, fathers are all about responsibility. Even while I am away, I am always thinking about my daughter, about her future," Sreejesh said during felicitation ceremony in Delhi earlier this week.

While the numerous sacrifices made by inspirational mothers and national boxing champions Mary Kom and Sarita Devi have come to light in recent times, Sreejesh's story is a reflection of the fact that even fathers have a tough time juggling between personal and professional life.

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