At just 18 years of age, Muskan Kirar must feel on top of the world after bagging four medals including two golds, one silver and one bronze medal and was crowned the 'Individual Champion' in Compound women category at the 2019 Asia Cup World Ranking Archery Stage-1 in Bangkok on Monday.March 29, 2019
As sports enthusiasts, we are a sucker for stories that epitomise the rise of classic underdogs and Kirar's narrative does not disappoint. Hailing from the town of Jabalpur, Muskan has never been the one to back away from hard work. In an interview with india.com, her father spoke of her rigorous regimen during which Muskhan spends around nine hours every single day, putting in the effort just to get one step closer to perfecting her craft.
And as a dedicated sports person, her achievements speak a thousand words about her sincerity and affection towards the game. Making a stunning debut on the professional level a couple of years ago in 2017, she put the national selectors on notice during the Senior Asian Championship in Dhaka and even managed to reach the Asia Cup Stage-3 the same year in Taipei, Taiwan in the senior category.
But the archer was able to win her first gold in the sub-junior category during the 2017 season of National Archery Competition in Bhubaneswar and did not look back ever since. Before dominating the range at this year's Asia Cup, Kirar visited Bangkok in 2018 and had taken 'Krung Thep' by storm and won the gold back then as well.
However, a big portion of credit behind Muskan's skyrocketing career must be given to her father Virendra Kirar who runs a butcher shop in their hometown of Jabalpur. “None of us usually talk about my profession as people look down upon it… But with whatever money I earn, I help my children accomplish their dreams,” Mr. Kirar told india.com.
A father of three children, Virendra has made sure to not compromise with the sporting dreams of his kids. With Muskan clearly making a name for herself, her father is also dedicated to send his younger daughter Saloni into archery as well while making his boy, Basu, a karate expert.
How often do we overlook the wonderful support system an athlete's family becomes for them. Parents like Virendra Kirar, go through hell to earn a living, only to give up on their own dreams and aspirations and make the world happen for their children.
While there is no doubt that Muskan Kirar's relentless pursuit of her dreams got her to where she is right now, we have to acknowledge the sacrifices her father has made to make it a reality.