Meet Rajinder Singh : Physically Challenged Chess Player From Tral

Basharat Rashid Srinagar
June 28, 2017 SPORTS 864 Views
Meet Rajinder Singh : Physically Challenged Chess Player From Tral

Rajinder Singh , 35 year old, Physically Challenged, International chess player from South Kashmir’s Tral, has represented Kashmir and India at different tournaments , and have done a great job with different positions.

According to his parents , It was on July 1999, when Rajinder’s foot slipped in a bathroom at Srinagar, and as a result he received injury in spinalcord. From that day, the young Rajinder’s feet have never moved, but he always kept his hopes alive.

“Rajinder was the student of 12th class at SP Hr. Sec School in Srinagar, when his foot slipped during late evening of 07th July 1999, in our rental house, in outskirts of Srinagar”, Said his father Amarjeet Singh While talking to Brighter Kashmir.

Physical challenges have never stopped this 35 year old International chess player , from achieving what others could not. His quest to achieve excellence has never stopped till the date.

“I always kept my hope alive and never let my physical challenges to overpower my will power. My parents and some friends helped me all the time” Said Rajinder Singh, adding that my friends came to me after i remained confined on bed for seven years, due to spinalcord injury, and they highly encouraged me. With the help of those friends,  i left bed after 7 years and started to move on wheelchair.

Soon after Rajinder started to move on wheelchair. His carrier as a social activist and chess player also began. First he worked as a Social activist and was awarded by Honorable Speaker Mustafa Kamal in 2014 with “Madri Meherbaan” award for his outstanding performance as social activist.

Rajinder in chess game , played his first  tournament in 2015 , at Indoor stadium Srinagar , where he won two games out of five, and was awarded with trophy and a certificate of appreciation for his brilliant performance.

In the same year , Rajinder got 3rd position in “State Chess Championship”, and was highly appreciated, awarded with merit certificate and trophy.

Last year in 2016, Rajinder Singh,  represented India in International South Asian Chess Championship by SAARC, in which more than 400 players participated. Rajinder played very well there but he lost game in quarter with his opponent from Maldives. Keeping in view his performance , The management honoured him with “Best Enthusiast Award”.

In State Chess Championship 2016. Rajinder Singh,  once again awarded with “Best Loving Person of Chess” award in Srinagar.

Rajinder belongs to Gadpora hamlet of Tral in South Kashmir. In a single-storey house, Rajinder proudly displays medals and certificates in his room, where he stayed on his bed, and waiting for the opportunity to come as he wants to play chess more and excel in many more competitions.

Rajinder Singh,  is working as Casual Labour in R&B department, from last four years. According to Rajinder,  If government is not ready to help him in playing chess games more in coming time, they should help him in his job as he wants a permanent job in R&B department now , so that he can fulfil all his needs and aspirations.

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