State hands out plum Class I jobs to top sportspersons

"It'll also be an incentive to achieve bigger things in sport, and I'm looking forward to my training in Nasik which will be as demanding as my regular practice for the sport," Yadav added. Narsingh, who fought in the 74 kg at London, participated in his first ever International Wrestling Championship at the Andheri Sports Complex, awhere he got the better of Pata Bakyuredze of Azerbaijan, and is looking forward to the season where he will first turn out at the Asian Championships in Delhi. "The atmosphere was great and I loved the Andheri crowd that got behind me and helped me win. But my focus is on the international events now, and I'll check my fitness and take a call on what weight category I should contest in. But this is a good boost to my career," he added. The beefy wrestler can now look forward to building a better home for his family and is also keen on driving a Tata Safari of his own.

Another sportsman to benefit from this was kabaddi player Pankaj Shirsat whose was the first file to come in for consideration after he won the World Cup in 2007. "Class 1 appointments are as per availability of post and though it took close to 3 and half years for this to come through, I'm glad it's started in the state," says the Arjuna awardee.

"My father wanted me to get to this post after studies. But the family is happy that I reached here on virtue of my sport," Shirsat says of what is a big upgrade on the Class IV clerical jobs that sportspersons used to be offered till now.

Others who have been appointed in the first batch are kabaddi player Nitin Ghule as Superintendent of State Excise, as well as Snehal Salunkhe and former junior rifle world championship medallist Navnath Fartade who have been appointed as District Sports Officers.

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