Rotterdam 2022: Noida cop wins bronze at World Police and Fire Games
An officer assigned to Noida Police brought laurels to the country by winning the bronze medal in badminton at the World Police and Fire Games in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Gagan Kumar Paswan’s sporting achievement has given the country another reason to rejoice amid the remarkable performances of Indian athletes at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Originally from Bihar, Gagan won the medal in the badminton doubles event with another Indian-born cop, Sunil Dahiya, who works with the New Zealand Police.
Speaking to IANS, Gagan said: “This journey has not been easy… I have been into badminton since I was seven years old. My father was stationed at Moradabad PAC. Since that time I have been watching the people practice and wanted to try my hands too.
“The games were held in Rotterdam from July 22-31 and I took part on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh Police. The competition was tough but I managed to win.”
Earlier too, Gagan had tried his luck but failed. At the 2017 World Police Games in Los Angeles, he placed fourth. In the same match in 2019 in China, he took fifth place. Gagan had found himself a few steps away from success.
The games saw the participation of 1,000 players from around 70 countries. Over 150 badminton players from 18 countries took part in the games.
To convert his defeat into success, Gagan began training four hours a day (two hours in the morning and an additional 120 minutes in the evening).
In 2019, Gagan applied for his position in Noida from Moradabad as there were not many training centers.
After moving to Noida he was stationed at Civil Lines from where he used to go to a stadium in Delhi for training but this took a back seat during the Covid pandemic as the stadium was closed . He then started taking coaching courses in Sector 104, Noida, not letting his training get in the way of his professional commitments.
With a never say die attitude and constant hard work, he finally tasted success.
Gagan was warmly welcomed by Gautam Budh Nagar Police on his return to Noida.
He was brought to Civil Lines in a flower car where the officers greeted and congratulated him.
Noida Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Singh congratulated Gagan and recommended his name for the DGP Disc award.
“The Gautam Budh Nagar Police are proud of Gagan. We will make every effort to ensure that Gagan is provided with all the facilities he needs by the police station. This is a proud moment for the Gautam Buddha Police and we We will encourage all talented men in uniform and extend all possible cooperation to help them move forward,” Singh told IANS.
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