Rahul Balasaheb Aware, a freestyle wrestler who brought a gold medal for India during the 2018 Commonwealth Games recently joined the Pune Rural Police as Deputy Superintendent.
Considering his past achievements, the Government of Maharashtra rewarded Aware by selecting him for the post of DySP, making him the fourth person to be selected from the sports quota for the same.
In the past, wrestlers from Maharashtra such as Narsingh Yadav, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Sunil Salunkhe, winner of Hind Kesari and Vijay Chaudhari, two- time Maharashtra Kesari winner have been offered the post of DySP. Among them, Vijay Chaudhari has completed his one year probation period with the Pune Police Force.
Talking about his selection, Aware said “I never dreamt of becoming a police officer in my life. But sports made it possible for me. Whatever I am today is because of wrestling.”
Aware has joined the police force as a probationary DySP after completing a year of police training at Nashik. He will serve the post at different locations across the jurisdiction.
Recollecting his training period at the academy, he said” It was challenging for me as I had to attend classes and study the syllabus. But good marks in mid – term examination boosted my confidence.”
Taking lessons from wrestling, he credits the sport for helping him improve at every stage of his life. He has also won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championship in Kazakhstan.
He said that according to the provisions of the government, the players are allowed to practice and attend training camps at the national level as well, so he wishes to continue playing the sport.
Originally hailing from a small village in the district of Beed, Aware started wrestling at the age of seven along with his father, who was a state-level wrestler. He practised under the guidance of Harishchandra Birjadar, an ace wrestler at Gokul Vastad Talim at Bhavani Peth.
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