Commonwealth games: Mahavir Phogat doesn't get ticket, misses daughter Babita's silver medal win 

The legendary coach, whose life story has achieved cult status owing to the success of 'Dangal', was here to watch defending gold-medallist Babita compete in the 53kg category.

Published: 12th April 2018 06:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2018 07:11 AM   |  A+A-

Babita Kumari in action at the Commonwealth Games. | PTI

Express News Service

GOLD COAST: Mahavir Phogat had come from India to watch her daughter fight.

The father of the famous sisters on whom the movie Dangal was based was travelling abroad to see her in action for the first time. He nearly missed his daughter’s bouts on Thursday.

Reason? Mahavir didn’t have a ticket.

Parents of participants are normally given tickets to events their children are taking part. But Babita, who won silver in 53kg, ran from pillar to post requesting Indian officials unsuccessfully for a ticket.

Mahavir, whose role in the movie was played by Aamir Khan, had to wait outside the arena when Babita’s preliminary bouts were going on. Only after the Australian team offered him a ticket could he get in.

“The Australian manager gave me tickets,” said Babita.

“My father was waiting from the morning. Usually a participant gets two tickets. We didn’t, although I tried hard.”

The presence of parents has already caused unnecessary noise in the Indian camp.

Saina Nehwal threatened to pull out after her dad was denied accommodation at the Games Village despite having accreditation. He was eventually let in.

Babita said there should not be discrimination in dealing with parents.

“I’m not sad about him not getting accreditation. But if one person gets it, then everyone should.”

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