“Better Late Than Never”: Asiad Medallist Sudha Gets Govt Job

Sudha Singh won a silver medal in women’s 3000m steeplechase race.

Asian Games
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Asian Games silver-medallist Sudha Singh has been offered a job by the Uttar Pradesh government and the veteran long distance runner has termed it as a case of "better late than never".

While talking to PTI over phone from Indonesia, Sudha said:

I am neither happy nor unhappy with the decision. I should have got the job earlier. My file for the job through sports quota has been there since 2014. It’s better late than never.

The 32-year-old Sudha, who won a silver in women's 3000m steeplechase in the Asian Games on 27 August, was reacting to the recent announcement of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offering her a job of gazetted officer.

I have won gold and silver in Asian Games (in 2010). I participated in Olympics, have won medals in Asian Championships and World Championships. I have got Arjun Award also. I want to work in the Sports Department and I am eligible for becoming a Deputy Director in the sports department.
Sudha Singh, Silver Medalist

"I want to thank the CM but he might not be aware that my file was pending in the government for past four years. I will only work in sports department and not in any other department," she said.

The CM, on 27 August, announced Rs 30 lakh and gazetted officer’s job to Sudha, who hails from Rae Bareli district, about 80 km from the state capital.  

Sudha's brother Pravesh Narain Singh said, "Despite the eligibility, she had to face humilation by the government as she was not given a job. She was hurt and is presently working with Central Railways since 2005." In a government order of 2015, those winning medals at Olympics and Asian Games are eligible for government jobs, but it was not followed in Sudha's case.

"She tried to meet the then CM Akhilesh Yadav in 2016 thrice but could not succeed. Due to this, she could not perform well in 2016 Olympics," Pravesh said.

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