Tucked away in one corner in Goleshwar, a small town in Maharashtra, Olympic Niwas is an old-fashioned bungalow with a muddy lawn and surrounded by a few coconut trees. But most striking, as one enters the premises, are the Olympic emblems crafted on the gate.
As one walks further, Ranjit Jadhav, the man of the house, greets with a smile. “Welcome to the home of independent India’s first individual Olympic medallist, Khashaba Jadhav.”
Khashaba Jadhav won a bronze medal in wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
His father, Dadasaheb, was a wrestler, too. And that’s one of the reasons that Khashaba Jadhav — one of Dadasaheb’s five sons — fell in love with the sport at an early age. While some of the locals claim he would visit the akhadas at the age of five, there is also a belief that he took up the sport between eight and ten.
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